Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Total Time
1 Hour 9 Mins
6 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

The addition of grilled fresh corn and fresh herbs to this creamy, reduced-fat chowder creates a deeper level of flavor for the soup.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Step 2

Place a grill basket on grill.

Step 3

Place potatoes and 2 teaspoons salt in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Let potatoes stand in hot water 5 minutes. Drain; cut into 1/4-inch cubes.

Step 4

Melt 1 tablespoon butter; brush evenly over corn. Place corn on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Place potatoes in grill basket coated with cooking spray. Grill corn and potatoes 15 minutes or until slightly charred, turning occasionally. Cool corn slightly; cut kernels from cobs. Place 1 cup corn kernels in a food processor; process until smooth.

Step 5

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt and red pepper; cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Stir in potatoes, remaining corn kernels, pureed corn, milk, half-and-half, and thyme sprigs; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard thyme sprigs. Stir in chives and remaining ingredients.

Step 6

Wine note: Our creamy Grilled Corn and Potato Chowder calls for a smooth, full-bodied white, like a French chardonnay. Lulu B. Chardonnay Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008 ($10) mixes apple fruitiness with buttery and smoky nuances-a perfect match for grilled corn-while the acidity balances the creaminess. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

Ratings & Reviews

kweltchek's Review

August 27, 2014

JenBaum's Review

June 16, 2014
We loved this! I made a couple minor changes due to what I had on hand and it stoll turned out great. I looked for a corn recipe because I had 6 ears leftover from our camping trip. We had removed the silk, soaked the husks, wrapped it in foil, and threw it on the fire. It was so delicious, we didn't want to throw it out. Enter this recipe! I used a hand immersion blender both in place of the processor and for a couple turns at the very end to thicken it up. I also used skim milk and fat free half and half. It was very thick and creamy! I'd watch the charred crispy edges on the potatoes though.... It won't stay crispy and the burned chunks will float around in The soup, whis isn't just unattractive, but off putting to little ones. As others said, there are a lot of steps and many dishes... But we thought it was worth it, oh and I topped it with crispy turkey bacon. Yum!!

KCSeattle's Review

September 26, 2013
Really good. I used frozen corn and roasted it in the oven. This did take awhile to make, but was worth it. Perfect for this cold night.

IsisKF's Review

September 05, 2013
Scrumptious soup! Perfect for a fall dinner! I had leftover grilled corn from a BBQ and I found this recipe to use it up. Boy, am I glad I did! Definitely the best soup I've ever made. I was too lazy to fire up the grill just for the potatoes, so I broiled them in the oven. I also used a stick blender to puree the corn. Even with these shortcuts, the soup was a fair amount of work. But, was it ever worth it! I served it with some fresh sourdough bread. Delicious! Next time, I may throw some shredded cooked chicken in to make a chicken corn chowder.

Dorseyl's Review

August 12, 2013
Fabulous! Okay, so I made a few changes -- green onion instead of white, garlic chives instead of regular chives and no thyme and I also used almond milk instead of 2% and forewent the half and half -- but I don't it compromised the taste or consistency at all! I expected it to but was pleasantly surprised by how great it turned out. I will DEFINITELY make this again!

EmmaLee75's Review

February 16, 2013
Made this in winter so couldnt use the grill. Just roasted the corn and potatoes in a pan. Turned out really delicious. Will definitely make this again.

PhoofieMoMo's Review

November 01, 2012
I loved the soup! However, I hate changing a recipe for the first time trying it. I did not have fresh corn on the cob, used frozen corn. Perfect! Also, I add 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke and smoky paprika, onion powder, and garlic power. In addition, I did not have Half-and-Half. I used Original unsweetened Almond milk. I have one thing to say...AMAZING FLAVORS! My son loved it! Thank you for an amazing recipe.

jwramr's Review

October 29, 2012

ChefKen72's Review

October 29, 2012
Turned out really good! Did not peel potatoes, cubed, boiled and drained. Used canned corn at a rate of 1 can per ear, seemed to work out OK. Added a green pepper and fresh minced garlic to onion sauté. Put half of entire ingredients thru blender to make creamy, yet chunky soup. Aside from my zeal with the pepper grinder it was great and would make again.

crusnock's Review

May 15, 2012