Corn Chowder (or Corn and Crab)
This sweet corn chowder is delicious. Adding cooked crab at the end is a great option.
Servings Prep Time
4people 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4people 10minutes
Cook Time
  • 2slices bacondiced (optional)
  • 1 large oniondiced
  • 3/4cup diced carrots
  • 1/2cup diced celery
  • 1/2cup diced red bell pepper
  • 4cups chicken broth
  • 1lb potatoesdiced
  • 1/2tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp to 2 tsp hot sauceto taste
  • 3cups cornfresh or frozen
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 2tbsp cornstarchoptional
  • 3tbsp Wateroptional
  • Optional: cooked crab meat – as much as you like
  • 1/4cup to 1 cup heavy cream
  1. Press Saute on the Instant Pot and when the display says Hot, add the bacon if using. Cook until almost crisp and then add the onion, carrot, celery and red pepper. (If you prefer to omit the bacon, use 2 Tbsp butter.) Saute for 2 or 3 minutes and then press Cancel and add the broth.
  2. Deglaze the pot: thoroughly scrape all the browned bits up off the bottom of the pot into the liquid. Add the potatoes, thyme, salt, pepper and hot sauce and close the pot.
  3. Make sure the valve is set to Sealing. Push Pressure Cook (or Manual) and use the + and – buttons to get to 6 minutes.
  4. When it beeps that it’s done, flip the valve to Venting for a quick release and when the pin drops, press Cancel and open the pot.
  5. Press Saute and add the corn and sugar. Bring it to a boil and simmer for a minute or two. Use a potato masher to break up some of the potatoes. If you like a thicker chowder, stir together the cornstarch and water and add about half of it, stirring constantly. Add more if you like it even thicker.
  6. If you are adding crab, stir it in now. Let it cook for just a minute to heat the crab and then press Cancel .
  7. Add as much cream as you like – anywhere from 1/4 to 1 full cup. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Serve with a garnish of bacon bits or red peppers. Or, what the heck, just dig in.
Recipe Notes

Pressure Cook and Manual buttons are interchangeable.