Instant Pot Corn Chowder with Bacon Recipe - delicious soup made in a pressure cooker. This rich and creamy chowder is packed with fresh corn, potatoes and crispy bacon.
If you enjoy hearty soups, you need to try my Potato Ham Chowder too. My Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is another great way to enjoy corn!
INSTANT POT CORN CHOWDER WITH BACON
One of our favorite summer soups to make is corn chowder. It's creamy, satisfying and full of flavor. Especially since I make it in my pressure cooker. If you have an Instant Pot and never tried to cook soup in it, you have to do it! You will love it! The flavors are as intense as if the soup was simmering on the stove for hours, when in fact it takes under 30 minutes to have it done from the time you cut the corn off the cob. Besides, there is bacon involved and that is always a good thing. I love the meaty flavor it adds to this chowder.
Cooking the bacon in the pot first creates a base for this delicious soup. I also add the fresh corn to veggies to saute before closing the lid to let it caramelize just a bit. All of these flavors make this Instant Pot Corn Chowder one of the best I have ever had!
How to make Instant Pot Corn Chowder?
- Start by heating up the Instant Pot on the saute setting. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove and place on a plate.
- Saute garlic and onion in bacon grease. Add corn kernels and saute for a few minutes. Press "cancel/off" button to turn off the saute setting.
- Add remaining ingredients, along with half of the bacon. Close the lid, press "manual" or "pressure cook" setting and set the timer to 10 minutes. Once done, let the Instant Pot release pressure for 5 minutes, then do a quick release.
- Add cornstarch whisked with half and half and stir into the soup. Let it sit for 10 minutes. If the chowder is not as thick as you like, remove 2 cups and blend the rest with an immersion blender.
Fresh corn vs. frozen corn
I buy fresh corn on the cob at ALDI's. The package comes with 4 cobs and I used all of them in this recipe. The amount of time the chowder cooks in the pressure cooker, allows the corn to cook but not get mushy and completely broken down. It has it's texture and you can still enjoy the fresh corn flavor. You can also use canned (drained and rinsed) or frozen corn without adjusting the time. It is just needed for the potatoes to cook.
How to thicken up Instant Pot Corn Chowder?
If you like smoother texture chowder, feel free to spoon two cups into a bowl and blend the rest in the pot with an immersion blender. Add reserved chowder back in and enjoy.
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Instant Pot Corn Chowder with Bacon
- 4 ears corn on the cob
- 4 slices bacon chopped
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- 4 red potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock or water
- 1.5 cups half and half
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- fresh parsley chopped
- Turn pressure cooker on. Press SAUTE button. Wait 2 minutes for the pot to heat up. Add chopped bacon. Cook until almost all of is crispy. Remove onto a plate.
- Add garlic and onion to pot with bacon grease. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often.
- Cut corn kernels off the cobs. Add to pot with onion. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring often.
- Press OFF button on Instant Pot.
- Add potatoes, water, stock and half of cooked bacon. Season with salt and pepper. Close lid, set to sealing position. Press MANUAL button and set timer to 10 minutes. The pressure cooker will start cooking. It will take it a few minutes to come to pressure.
- When the Instant Pot is done it will beep. Click OFF button. Let pressure cooker naturally release the pressure for about 5 minutes. In the meantime, whisk together half and half and cornstarch. Quick release pressure. Add half and half to pot and stir. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Serve chowder garnished with reserved bacon and chopped parsley.
Kim D says
Great recipe, thanks for sharing! If it helps anyone, I made these mods:
I used 6 corn cobs and 4 big red potatoes (had to use it all).
After removing the corn, I broke the cobs in two and boiled them in 6 cups of water (boil then good simmer). I was left with 4 cups of liquid, which I used instead of straight water and broth.
I did not add any dairy, and because of the "corn water" the chowder was just the right thickness. No need for cornstarch. The potatoes were tender enough that the smaller pieces gently broke apart for added thickness.
I made this for supper and found it a bit too watery. Next time I will try to eliminate the water and use 2 cups of broth only. I think that might be enough with the added half and half. I am not a big salter but we needed to add salt to our bowls.
Courtney A says
Absolutely amazing!! I added extra bacon & instead of fresh corn used two cans of peaches and cream and one of creamed corn. Will be making in the future for friends and family!!
So excited to try this today! Will this freeze well?
Yes, mine freeze really well!
I tried this with some substitutes. I added celery. I subbed fresh corn for frozen and red potatoes for russets and the water and stock for broth. Unfortunately my changes messed it up and it was very watery (I think from the celery, frozen corn, and broth). Next time I will not have those subs or I will adjust the broth accordingly. I’m looking forward to trying the actual recipe 🤣
So yummy, my husband who despises onions had seconds! His will definitely be in rotation in my home.
That's wonderful, Elizabeth! Thank you for trying my recipe!
Whenever I have a recipe with potatoes that calls for thickening, I use instant mashed potatoes instead of flour or cornstarch. Then I don't have to worry about cooking out their flavors.
Great tip, Sarah! Thank you for sharing!
Great recipe! Made this today for lunch and I’am going to finish it up for dinner. I was supposed to share this with my partner at work but it was too good. Guess I will be making another batch for her.
Hi Rick! Haha! I am so glad the chowder was such a success! Thanks so much for trying the recipe!
Hi! I don't have fresh corn and will use frozen...how many cups is the equivalent of 4 ears?
Hi Laurie! On average, one cob will yield about 3/4 cup of corn. I hope this helps!
Thank you so much! I had the same question and am making this today. Thank you again ☺️
Thank you, DeAnna!
Sara Johnson says
Trying this tonight, had lots of fresh corn left and it’s the first almost cook rainy day of fall. So excited, the house smells amazing! Added a little red bell pepper in with the onion for color.
Hi Sara! The addition of red pepper sounds delicious! Thank you for trying my recipe!
Tammy Badger says
I just made this. Doubled the recipe. I cooked 8 ears of corn in the instant pot for 2 minutes. Reserved the juice and omitted 1/2 cup broth. I added the reserved 1/2 cup corn juice @ the the end. I sautéed 1 sweet red pepper & added 1 fresh jalapeño both chopped after sautéing the onions & garlic. I also finely sliced 2 celery stalks. Additionally flavoured the mix with 1/4 tsp of smoked paprika. I put 1/2 the mixture in the blender. No cornstarch or flour required. Added 1/2 cup 1/2 & 1/2. Added remaining fresh corn & topped it with bacon, chives and fresh green onions. Absolutely delicious.
That's fantastic! Thank you so much for trying the recipe and for sharing your additions, Tammy!
I’m going to use turkey bacon. Would I need to add some coconut oil to sauté the veggies as turkey bacon has little fat? Can’t wait to try this!
Hi Beth! You can use olive oil too! I hope you love the chowder. Let me know how it goes!
I didn’t have a starch so I didn’t add it.
What I did is when soup was ready I blended a cup of it and put it back, it gave a pure appearance and made it more thicker like it was previously suggested. So next time I am not even going to put a starch
Hi Marina! That's fantastic! Thank you for trying my recipe!
I made this and it was so easy and tasty... I will make again... I think the next time I will change out the bacon for tuna...
Krista E Bandy says
When I need to thicken creamy potato soup I add in a little instant potato flakes. It makes an even more flavorful chowder.
Thank you for the tip, Krista! I appreciate it!
So yummy! I did as suggested by another person and added an extra tbsp cornstarch. That worked nicely to thicken it up. Also, I didn't have red potatoes, but had some tiny potatoes (red and white) that needed to be used up anyway, so I just cut them, keeping their peels on (who wants to peel a tiny potato!?) And, I didn't have parsley, but I did have cilantro. So yummy!
Hi Stephanie! That's wonderful! I am so happy to know you made it and love it! Thank you!!
Thanks for the recipe. I made it last night and my husband loved it. It was a bit thin, but I like the broth. I did need more salt and pepper. A keeper.
Mine is really soupy.
Hi Darla! If you want the chowder thicker, you can mash some of the potatoes. It should help!
Can I use milk instead of the water it calls for in the recipe? Or will milk scald in the instant pot? Thanks!
I’ll tell you in a bit since I accidentally added the cream with the other liquids!! 😳🤪
Ooops. I forgot to add - remove cobs before serving.
After you cut the corn off cob - toss cob/(s) into IP (break into smaller pieces). Soup will be sweet and corn-rich.
Oooh! I have to try that! Thank you for sharing, Colleen!
Thank you so much! Awesome tip about the cobs! I am making this today for my 3 year old twin boys. 🤞🏽 They like it.
I just finished making this. I added cubed ham as well and an extra tablespoon of cornstarch and then sautéed it on low until it got to desired thickness. It is Delicious!!
Thank you for a wonderful receipt. My family loved it, I should have made more as it was all gone and everyone wanted more.
Hi Tony! That's fantastic! I am so glad you and your family loved the chowder.
Made this for supper tonight . It was sooo good!!
Awesome! Thank you, Jamie!
Has anyone tried this in a crockpot or on the stove top? I don’t have a pressure cooker and don’t wnat to buy for just one Recipe .
Hi Crystal! I based this recipe on my stove top version. It's the same, just the cooking time will be longer. I do hope you will consider Instant Pot in the future. It is one of my favorite kitchen countertop appliances!
Great flavor. I will use more bacon next time. Also I will make a roux instead of the cornstarch to make it thicker. Other than that it was perfect.
Hi Amanda! Thank you for trying my recipe and for your comment. I am so glad you love it!
What is the recipe for the mini pot?
Gina D from Texas says
Can this be done in the electric pressure cooker instead of the instant pot? Would everything be the same?
The instant pot is an electric pressure cooker, so any brand should work as long as it has a sautee feature 🙂
I've made this a few times..It's amazing! Super easy and my boyfriend is always requesting it be on the menu!
Yep - the Instant Pot is just a brand of electric pressure cooker. I follow IP recipes all the time in my Chef Ming electric pressure cooker.
I made this last night for the first time and my husband had 3 bowls! I was blown away by how quickly the raw potatoes cooked, literally just 10 minutes like the recipe said! The only gripe (and it's personal preference, really) is it wasn't thick enough. Here in New England we love thick chowder. Next time I might add an extra tablespoon of cornstarch and heat it up for the 10 minutes instead of just let it sit without heat for 10 minutes. Also it needed another teaspoon of salt. Other than that, it was delicious.
Hi Wendy! Thank you so much for making my recipe! I love thick chowder too and I think the additional tablespoon of cornstarch will help. Have a beautiful day!
Mashing some of the cooked potatoes and putting it back to cook plus a roux made it nice and thick!
Erin papa says
If I did 3times the recipe how much do I need to increase cook time?
Roger Spencer says
Made this tonight. Was great. 6 year old son loved it.
Hi Roger! Yay! That's awesome! I love it when parents tell me their kids enjoyed the dish. That's always a huge win for us, parents! Thank you!!
Lake Lady says
I couldn't find the number of servings that this recipe makes. Should I double it to feed eight people?
Could I use frozen corn for this recipe? If so, how many cups would I need? Thanks!
Hi Linda! Yes, just thaw it before using. You will need 3 cups of corn. I hope this helps! -Anna
Instant Pot Eats says
What a tremendous trio of ingredients! I never thought to mix the three, although I've done variations with potato and bacon. Love this for using up that summer bounty of corn xx
I'll make it for dinner tonight
I agree with Averie, I have sooo many appliances but looking at this recipe really makes me want to buy an instant pot! I too, love Aldi! 🙂
I'm the only person left without an Instant Pot because I am resisting another bulky appliance but I should get one, huh! This looks great!
YES! You will love it, Averie! It makes even just cooking chicken breast (from frozen) for meal prep a breeze! 😀