Corn Chowder

Corn chowder is a thick, cream-based soup similar to New England clam chowder, but with clams swapped out for sweet corn. We love adding bacon, potatoes and shrimp to classic corn chowder; it’s especially tasty garnished with a small amount of red-pepper cream or lots of garlic croutons. Perfect for cold winter nights, it’s also delicious in the late-summer months, when corn is particularly fresh and in season. Whether you’re looking for a hearty soup, or are just crazy about corn, Food & Wine’s guide to corn chowder has a recipe for every season and every occasion.

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Corn Chowder

These corn chowder recipes combine the vegetable with a variety of eclectic ingredients. Some of our favorites include a corn-and-cod chowder, a corn chowder with bacon and sea scallops and a Peruvian shrimp-and-corn chowder.

Smoky Ham-and-Corn Chowder

Melissa Rubel Jacobson deepens the flavor of this luxurious ham-and-corn chowder by simmering the scraps (the ham rind and corn cobs) in water to make a quick, tasty stock. More Fast Soups

Raw Sweet Corn and Cashew Chowder

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The Good News Not only is yellow corn a good source of vitamin B, magnesium and thiamin, it also contains carotenoids (organic pigments with health benefits) not found in white corn. Ani Phyo likes to add a handful of vitamin A–rich spinach or soft lettuce to the chowder. "Then it becomes part-soup, part-salad," she says. More Cold Soup Recipes

Peruvian Shrimp-and-Corn Chowder

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In Peru, small streams wend their way from the mountains to the coast, and the delicious shrimp that fill them are cooked with local corn, squash, and potatoes to make this South American chowder called cupe. Don't peel the shrimp before cooking them in Step 1: The shells will flavor the cooking oil, which in turn will flavor the soup. the corn is traditionally left on the cob, but if the prospect of eating it this way (it is messy) bothers you, use two cups of kernels instead.Plus: More Soup Recipes and Tips

Corn Chowder

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Our simple soup really highlights the taste of sweet summer corn, but since the vegetable is available virtually all the time, you can make the chowder year-round. You can even use frozen corn, though fresh is best. Pureeing some of the corn kernels to stir into the simmering soup helps thicken it while deepening the corn flavor.More Chowder Soup RecipesMore Easy Corn Recipes

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Corn-and-Cod Chowder

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With its all-American ingredients, this New England-style chowder is a comfort-food classic. The soup needs only bread, or traditional oyster crackers, as an accompaniment. Plus:  More Soup Recipes and Tips 

Corn Chowder with Bacon and Sea Scallops

Look for sugar-cured bacon, which is smoky and sweet but mild enough not to overpower the other flavors here. Plus:  More Soup Recipes