Portion of the corn chowder made in the instant pot with a piece of fresh bread.

Instant Pot Corn Chowder

  • Author: Contentedness Cooking
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Meal Prep
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free, American


This Instant Pot Corn Chowder is super easy to make in the instant pot and a keeper for all your under 20 minute meals. No one would ever guess it’s naturally vegan. Trust me it tastes so much like the real deal, but there isn’t any cream involved or dairy. This creamy corn chowder recipe is something that the whole family will enjoy. Once you’ve tried it you know it’s on the to do list for all family dinner ideas and makes it even suitable for dinner ideas for kids.



  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 5 cups corn, divided
  • 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 2 cups almond or cashew milk
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, pepper to taste
Optional add ons:
  • 1 cup roasted bell pepper from a jar and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika spice
  • 2 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbs cashew butter
  • hot sauce for serving


  1. Use the sauté function of the instant pot. Add a bit of oil (or vegetable broth for oil free cooking) as well as the onions, minced garlic, and corn. Sauté for 2 minutes. Now the take 1/2 cup of the sautéed corn back and reserve for later.
  2. In the next step, add almond or cashew milk, season with salt and pepper, optional nutritional yeast, cashew butter, cumin, or paprika spice. Cover with the lid, set to high pressure for 5 minutes and seal. After that use the quick release to open the instant pot.
  3. Finally, add vegan cream cheese and use the sauté function again for around 3 minutes until you’ve reached the desired consistency and thickness. Now you have 2 options: you can use your immersion blender and make a puree soup, or skip this step. In both ways mix in the optional roasted red peppers, divide into bowls and top with reserved corn.


5 minutes is the cooking time, not including the time that the instant pot needs to reach high pressure. This will vary from model to model but shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 185
  • Sugar: 10.7 g
  • Sodium: 505 mg
  • Fat: 7.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.8 g
  • Fiber: 5.1 g
  • Protein: 6.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g

Keywords: easy corn chowder, vegan, gluten free, instant pot recipe, meal prep, crock pot