Corn chowder with bacon dippers

Corn chowder with bacon dippers

Creamy corn chowder served with crispy bacon dippers is like sunshine in a bowl. And dipping crispy bacon into it? Yes please!
Course Chowder, Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword corn chowder, corn soup, gluten free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 178kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • 6 ears of corn shucked

for the corn stock

  • corn cobs
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon white peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons smoked salt

for the chowder

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • corn kernels
  • 4 cups corn stock
  • 2 cups full cream whole milk
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste

to serve

  • crispy bacon
  • sour cream
  • parsley
  • chilli optional


  • Boil the shucked corn in a large pot of water until cooked.
  • Remove the corn then cut off the kernels. Set the kernels aside and return the corn cobs to the pot of water with the onion, bay leaves, peppercorns and salt.
  • Allow to simmer and reduce for 30 minutes then drain and set aside.
  • Return the pot to the heat then melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and allow to sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and corn and sauté for a further 10 minutes before adding the corn stock.
  • Allow the chowder to simmer gently for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  • Add the milk, lemon juice and season to taste.
  • Transfer half of the chowder to a blender and blend until smooth. If you prefer, you can strain this mixture back in the pot but I don't mind the texture of the blended chowder so I omit this step.
  • Pour the blended chowder back into the pot with the remaining soup then check the seasoning and adjust.
  • Serve the chowder topped with a dollop of sour cream, parsley and chilli (if using) and serve with crispy bacon dippers.


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 13.1mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 1.9mg