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Summer Corn Chowder

Small new potatoes can be substituted for the fingerling potatoes in this recipe.

  • Servings: 4
Summer Corn Chowder

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1997


For the Garnish

  • 4 teaspoons bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice

For the Soup

  • 1 small onion, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice (1 cup)
  • 2 ribs celery, strings removed, cut into 1/2-inch dice (3/4 cup)
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock, skimmed of fat
  • 3 ears yellow corn, kernels removed (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 5 ounces small fingerling potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 poblano chile, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half


  1. Place bacon in small stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon is deep golden brown and all the fat has been rendered, about 4 minutes. Remove bacon with slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel, and set aside. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat.

  2. Add onions, celery, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste to stockpot; cook over medium-low heat until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 15 minutes.

  3. Add corn, potatoes, and chile; cook until potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and discard thyme. Add half-and-half, and simmer until soup is hot. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, and garnish with the reserved crisp bacon pieces.

Reviews (9)

  • Lobow 14 Jul, 2013

    Amazing recipe!! I added a cup more each of stock and cream and added 2 pounds of jumbo lump crab meat. Never too much crab...I'm from Maryland. I also added cornstarch because I wanted a thicker chowder. It was amazing!

  • JulieSF 15 Aug, 2012

    Delicious recipe! I used white sweet potatoes since that's what I had on hand. Worked well playing with the sweetness of the corn. I added a tablespoon of corn starch to the half and half before adding. It just gave a slight creamier texture. Love the green chiles and bacon!

  • SDMurphy 13 Sep, 2010

    I used four slices of bacon and it did make four teaspoons. I really liked this fresh tasting chowder with fresh corn. The potatoes took a little longer to cook than the recipe states. Garnish with some chives for a little punch.

  • redwine48 14 Aug, 2010

    I forgot to add 1/2 tsp kosher salt and pepper to taste. You can also add peeled and deveined shrimp with the corn and bacon cook until the shrimp turn pink, about 5-7 mins. This is a delicious meal, just add a small green salad and some crusty bread. ENJOY1

  • redwine48 14 Aug, 2010

    .For even more flavor I take the corn cobs and put them in the pot with the sauted onions and celery and the thyme sprigs add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Remove corn cobs and thyme sprigs add potatoes cook for 12-15 then add corn, bacon and half and half. Heat to low boil and cook for5 min. This is some of the best chowder ever.

  • pitbullmama 20 Aug, 2008

    I like to add a little bit of sherry to my corn chowder recipes. It smoothes the flavor out and tastes delicious.

  • Pollie 16 Aug, 2008

    seriously Carey, if you can't comment, then don't. People are on here to see what other people thought, not their snide comments.

  • careysmoot 14 Aug, 2008

    Try it and see.

  • emily912 14 Aug, 2008

    Are 4 teaspoons of bacons really going to render 2 tablespoons of bacon fat?

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