Instant Pot Corn Chowder with Bacon

Recipe Date: February 13, 2022
Serving Size: 6
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 11 Minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Measurements: Imperial (US)

This is a delicious soup made in a pressure cooker.  This rich and creamy chowder is packed with fresh corn, potatoes and crispy bacon.  Pairs well with our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc.


  • 1 - 16 oz bag of frozen corn or 4 ears of corn on the cob
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 red potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbl flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Pinch of cayenne


  1. Set a 6-quart multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) to Saute function. Add bacon and cook and stir until brown and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, leaving any scraps and grease in the pot. Add onions and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in bacon, potatoes, corn, vegetable stock, thyme, cayenne pepper, then the salt and pepper.

  2. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Whisk together heavy cream and flour in a small bowl. Set aside.

  5. Select Sauté setting and bring to a boil. Stir in the heavy cream mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. If mixture is too thick, add additional vegetable stock as needed to reach desired consistency.

  6. Garnish with shredded Cheddar cheese and green onions. Serve immediately.

Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.  The smaller the dice of potatoes, the quicker they will cook.  Do not dice them too small.

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