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silver spoon inside corn chowder soup in a bowl topped with bacon, green onions, and parsley
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5 from 9 votes

Quick & Easy Instant Pot Corn Chowder

This creamy Instant Pot Corn Chowder is made with bacon, potatoes, corn, cheese and more! It's a quick, easy and healthy dinner idea for the summer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: French
Keyword: corn chowder, corn chowder recipe, corn chowder soup, easy corn chowder, easy corn chowder recipe, instant pot corn chowder, potato corn chowder
Servings: 8
Calories: 293kcal



  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth, (try to use lower sodium chicken broth whenever possible)
  • 3 cups (14 ounces) red potatoes, (3 to 4 medium sized potatoes) cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 cups corn kernels, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced green onions, for garnish
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • crumbled bacon, optional, for garnish
  • shredded cheese, optional, for garnish


  • Set Instant Pot to SAUTÉ.
  • Add diced bacon to the Instant Pot and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cooked to a crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon from the pot and set aside for later.
  • Add diced onions to the bacon fat inside the Instant Pot and cook for 2 minutes; stir in garlic and cook for 20 seconds.
  • Slowly add in the chicken broth and stir to get all the browned bits from the bottom.
  • Add potatoes, corn, thyme, salt, pepper and bay leaf.
  • Cover and lock lid into place.
  • Pressure Cook on HIGH for 15 minutes.
  • Do a quick release.
  • Remove cover and discard bay leaf.
  • Set Instant Pot back to SAUTÉ.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together half-and-half & cornstarch.
  • Stir half-and-half mixture into soup.
  • Continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Stir in cheese and half of the bacon; heat through until cheese is melted.
  • Divide into soup bowls and garnish with remaining bacon, a sprinkle of shredded cheese, green onions and parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 693mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 1mg