Maque Choux Soup

Maque Choux Soup Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffey Hargett
Run a knife along just-cut cobs to catch sweet corn milk in a bowl. It'll add flavor and creamy texture.


Makes 6 cups
Total time: 40 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 40 Minutes
Total: 40 Minutes


3 cups fresh corn kernels (about 6 ears)
1 medium-size orange bell pepper, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1 (32-oz.) container chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons plain white cornmeal
Toppings: cooked bacon, fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, fresh lime juice


1. Stir together first 2 ingredients. Place a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add half of corn mixture; cook, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or until vegetables begin to char. Transfer mixture to a 3-qt. saucepan. Add remaining corn mixture to skillet; cook, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or until vegetables begin to char. Stir in cumin and coriander; cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.

2. Add 2 cups broth to corn mixture in saucepan, and process with a handheld blender 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly smooth. Add remaining corn mixture and 2 cups broth to saucepan; bring to a light boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring often, 5 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.

3. Whisk together sour cream and cornmeal in a heatproof bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup hot soup. Add sour cream mixture to soup. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until thickened.