August 2, 2017

Summer Corn Chowder with Zucchini and Carrots

You're probably thinking, soup in Summer, what's she thinking? Especially when it's stinking hot outside and it seems like the only appropriate foods to eat are salads, fruit, and ice cream, but hear me out.  The key to a good corn chowder, in my opinion, is the corn. When it's fresh off the cob, it's so crisp and juicy and sweet. Don't get me wrong, if you're really craving a corn chowder in the winter, by all means, use frozen, but from experience, you haven't really tried a corn chowder unless you had it during the months of August or September with fresh sweet corn off the cob and veggies from the garden.

I made this chowder a few weeks ago, never intending to share it on the blog for the very same reasons I just mentioned - soup in summer. But all things aside, Brent was like - you need to blog this corn chowder because it is the best thing I have ever eaten, which is what he always says when he really really likes something. So I took his word for it and made another batch today.

The soup is a combination of sweet, creamy, savory, and slightly spicy. I used fresh carrots, celery, zucchini, potatoes, and corn for the vegetables. The base of the soup is a vegetable broth and coconut milk. The soups thickness partly comes from the starch of the potatoes, and partly from the blending a few cups of soup at the end, and then adding it back. The addition of coconut milk gives a slight Thai taste. I have this coconut red curry chowder that I make from Red Fish Blue Fish in Victoria that uses coconut milk, and it is insanely delicious, so I thought I would use it in this recipe as well. Hope you enjoy!

serves 6
prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 25 minutes

2 tbsp butter
1/2 sweet onion
2 celery ribs, sliced
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Russet potatoes, chopped
6 cups vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
3 ears of corn, kernels removed
1 zucchini, chopped
1 cup coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste
hot sauce to taste
In a large soup pot or a dutch oven, saute the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in butter until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add the potatoes, vegetable broth, and bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are half cooked.

Remove the bay leaf from the pot. Add the corn and zucchini to the soup and simmer for an additional 10 minutes until corn is cooked.

Scoop out 2 cups of soup and puree in a blender or food processor. Add it back to the soup.

Stir in the coconut milk.

Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce.

Can be stored in the fridge for a week and the freezer for 3 months. 


  1. This looks absolutely delicious! I love to use coconut milk in my curries and soups. Can't wait to try it ! Thanks x

  2. Yummy!! I love that this is made with coconut milk. Will definitely need to try this out!

  3. Delicious! I love summery corn chowders - I was planning on making soup tonight anyways, looks like I have a new recipe to try!

  4. OK like zomg this looks UNREAL. Corn chowder is one of my favorite things! Totally making this next week... stay tuned :)

  5. Made it today. Would suggest using some fresh herbs, both as flavor and to garnish the bowl. I used basil and thyme. Very tasty!

  6. Yum! I cannot wait to try this recipe out, thanks for the share. Love checking out your blog, keep up the posts!

  7. This was delicious! We used sweet potatoes instead of russet, but an excellent recipe - might use some sage next time! I just stumbled upon your blog and so glad I did! Everything looks so tasty and you're from my hometown!

  8. wow -- eating it as I write and it is soooooo good -- thank you for sharing! added a mix of fresh herbs on each plates... delish!

  9. Hi! this looks incredible! I am allergic to coconut though :/ do you think regular milk or almond milk would be a good substitute?

    1. Hi Anna,

      I would try substituting cream for coconut milk. That will give it the nice rich creaminess.

  10. Thank for sharing the recipe ,its look so delicious!

  11. I have made this and it's delicious (with milk and a dash of smoked paprika at the end). Thanks