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Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Instant Pot Corn Chowder is creamy and full of delicious corn flavor. Using fresh, leftover, or frozen corn, you can have this amazing family friendly meal on the table in about an hour.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker corn chowder recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 - 8
Calories 353 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 6-8 ears Corn, (shucked & kernels removed) or 5 cups of corn
  • 7 slices Thick Cut Bacon, chopped
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves. Not Ground)
  • 3 med Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth, low sodium

To Finish

  • 3 cups Half and Half
  • 6 Tbsp Flour
  • Reserved Cooked Bacon
  • Fresh Parsley (garnish) chopped


  1. Turn on the Sauté setting and add the bacon to the pot. Cook until done and remove to a plate and set it aside. Discard all but 2 Tbsp of the bacon fat.

  2. Add the onion and butter to the pot and cook it until softened.

  3. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring frequently.

  4. Add the corn, salt, pepper, thyme, and potatoes. Stir.

  5. Add the broth and half of the cooked bacon. Cancel the sauté setting.

  6. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  7. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 5 minutes. High Pressure. The pot will take several minutes to come to pressure.

  8. When the cook cycle has finished, turn off the pot and let it sit undisturbed for 15 minutes (15 minute natural release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to release the remaining steam/pressure.

  9. When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid.


  1. Whisk the flour into the half and half until dissolved.

  2. Turn on the Sauté setting and when the soup starts to simmer, stir in the flour/half and half mixture. Stir until thickened.

  3. Turn off the pot and add the remaining bacon. Taste and add more salt if needed.

  4. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Recipe Notes

I like to add extra frozen corn at the end, to bulk it up and have the crunch of the partially cooked corn. I do this even when using fresh or leftover corn!