Fresh Corn Chowder in the Pressure Cooker


Corn chowder made with fresh corn cut from the cob, loaded with potatoes and bacon, and a corn broth that’s spiced up with a just a touch of cayenne pepper.

If you love corn on the cob, you’re going to love this corn chowder. The kernels are cut from the cob, then the cobs are used to make a broth, so all the milky, sweetness in the cob infuses the soup with the wonderful corn on the cob flavor. I added some salty bacon and a little cayenne pepper to balance out the sweetness.

Fresh Corn Chowder in the Pressure Cooker | Pressure Cooking Today

The pressure cooker version is ready in half the time of the original Fresh Corn Chowder recipe made on the stove top. You can use milk, but for a creamier chowder use half and half.

Give this a try while there’s still great local corn available. Although, I’ve been thinking it would be fun to make the corn broth and freeze it for a taste of summer this winter. Carrian, Sweet Basil, recently posted How to Freeze Corn if you want to give it a try.

Fresh Corn Chowder in the Pressure Cooker

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Fresh Corn Chowder in the Pressure Cooker


  • 6 ears fresh corn
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 /2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 cups half-and-half or milk*
  • 1 /8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Shuck the corn. Stand each ear up in a bowl and use a knife to cut off the kernels.
  2. Select Sauté and add the butter to the pressure cooker pot. When butter is melted, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion is tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the 3 cups water and corncobs to the pressure cooking pot. Lock lid in place, select High Pressure and 10 minutes cook time and start. When timer beeps, turn off pressure cooker, and do a quick pressure release. Carefully remove corncobs and discard them. Leave the corncob broth in the pressure cooking pot.
  4. Put the steamer basket in the pressure cooker pot. Add the diced potatoes and corn kernels. Lock lid in place, select High Pressure and 4 minutes cook time and press start. When timer beeps, turn off pressure cooker, and do a quick pressure release. Carefully remove steamer basket, potatoes and corn from the pressure cooking pot.
  5. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water. Select Simmer and add cornstarch mixture to the pot stirring constantly until soup thickens.
  6. Stir in milk, cayenne pepper, corn kernels, diced potatoes and bacon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat through but do not bring to a boil.


*If using milk you may need to use additional cornstarch.

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  1. Gary C says

    Made this as written, mostly. It DID take quite awhile for the cooker to get back up to pressure. My potatoes were overdone (I used 4 small/medium russets). I needed quite a bit of salt to balance the super-sweet corn I used. I’d give this 3 1/2 stars as written. Next time I would use 4 large ears of corn, 4 medium potatoes and maybe 4 cups of chicken broth or water (as the liquid to solid ratio was off imho… I ended up with more of a “stewp” than a chowder. *One caveat, I used a stove-top pressure cooker for my preparation, if you use an electric pressure cooker your mileage may vary 😉

  2. says

    Not sure what I did wrong, but it never got back up to pressure after adding the corn and potatoes. It steamed for a while and then I realized it wasn’t going to do it, I took it off the heat. Most of the corn broth was cooked away but the corn and potatoes were tender. I was able to salvage it by adding a bit of vegetable broth and then the milk and cream. It was delicious!

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Sounds like maybe the lid wasn’t on properly? So glad you thought to salvage it by adding vegetable broth and enjoyed it!

  3. Sarah says

    Could I get some help converting this to a non-digital pressure cooker? Do I use the same cooking times? Not sure if the digital/non-digital reach pressure at the same speed . . .