This Summer Corn Chowder is a healthy, flavorful soup that’s bursting with sweetness from fresh summer sweet corn. Bonus, it only takes 30 minutes!
Is there anything better than fresh summer sweet corn?
We have been eating so much corn on the cob and raw corn salad that I thought I’d mix it up a bit. This Summer Corn Chowder is so delicious and you can adjust the spice level to your liking.
Ingredients you need
If you use fresh from the farm summer sweet corn, it doesn’t take much to make this soup flavorful. Here are the main ingredients that you’ll need:
- sweet corn
- bell pepper
- vegetable broth
- jalapeño, optional
I added a hint of my favorite spices, too…cumin and smoked paprika. A squeeze of fresh lime, drizzle of coconut milk, and dash of sriracha just before serving finishes this soup perfectly.
Don’t fret if you don’t have fresh summer sweet corn, you could certainly use frozen. Just remember to taste as you go and add additional salt, pepper or spices as needed.
Grab a spoon and savor summer. You might want to make a double batch…this didn’t last long at our house!
And if you’re transitioning into fall or winter, try my Sweet Potato Corn Chowder instead!
How to make the recipe
Please scroll down to the recipe card for exact ingredient measurements and instructions.
I like my corn to still have a little crunch left, so I don’t like to simmer it too long.
The trick to getting it creamy and still maintaining texture is to use an immersion blender to puree ⅓-1/2 of the soup. Alternately, you could use a regular blender by CAREFULLY pouring ½ of the soup into the blender, pureeing, and then pouring it back into the soup pot…but this means you have to then wash the blender when you’re done and, personally, I feel the less dishes I have to wash, the happier I am. 🙂
If you love a totally smooth and creamy soup, feel free to blend it until fully until your desired consistency is reached. On the flip side, you don’t have to blend it at all if you like a chunky soup.
This tasty dairy free corn soup would make a great light lunch or dinner all on its own. But if you want to turn it into a heartier meal, try pairing it with one of these easy recipes:
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Summer Corn Chowder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or ⅓ cup vegetable broth for oil-free
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 large carrot peeled and diced
- 1 sweet bell pepper seeded and diced
- 1 jalapeño ribs and seeds removed, diced (optional)
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¾ teaspoon cumin
- kernels from 6 large ears of sweet corn or 4-5 cups of corn kernels
- 2 chopped seeded tomatoes or 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- juice of 1 lime
- a few dashes of sriracha optional
- salt and pepper to taste
- dash sriracha or hot sauce
- fresh chopped tomatoes
- chopped green onions
- drizzle of light coconut milk
- chopped cilantro
- Heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the onion until soft and translucent – about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add the carrot, pepper, and jalapeño, if using, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes to start to soften. Add the cumin and smoked paprika and sauté 1 minutes.
- Add the corn kernels, tomatoes, broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Take off heat and purée ¼ – ⅓ of the soup with an immersion blender, depending on the consistency you like.
- Add the lime juice and a few dashes of sriracha or hot sauce, if desired.
- Serve garnished with the toppings of your choice.
If you don’t like spicy, leave out the jalapeño and sriracha entirely. ~If you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully transfer ½ of the soup to a regular blender and puree. Add it back to the soup pot and stir to combine. ~If fresh sweet corn isn’t in season, use organic frozen corn instead. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. ~Nutrition facts calculated without toppings.
Nutrition values are calculated using online calculators and are estimates only. Please verify using your own data.