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This vegan corn chowder is made creamy with a cashew cream, coconut milk, tons of fresh sweet corn, and potatoes. Have this summer favorite on the table in less than 1 hour. 

Bowl of vegan corn chowder garnished with green onion.

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​I have several vegan soups on the blog, but there's nothing quite like a classic corn chowder. A good creamy vegan potato soup or potato leek soup​ comes close, but the addition of fresh corn really takes things up a notch. 

It's the perfect thick, chunky soup for weeknight dinners, meal prep, or hosting friends for a summer party. And while it's one of my more expensive recipes on the blog at about $3.40 per serving, this hearty vegan corn chowder was originally inspired by Monkey Pod Kitchen's Coco Corn Chowder that was $15 per serving for an appetizer sized bowl. With that being said, this homemade chowder is almost 5x cheaper! 

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It's naturally thick and creamy. No added cornstarch, flour, or blending half of the soup with an immersion blender required!   
  • Vegan and gluten-free. ​This recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free without any changes. 
  • Hearty meal year round. This easy corn chowder is easily my favorite vegan soup recipe to make with fresh corn during the summer months. 
  • Great for meal prep. Leftovers keep for several days and similar to a good bowl of chili, the corn flavor intensifies over time. 

Chowder Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make vegan corn chowder recipe measured and labeled in individual bowls.
  • Cashews: For this recipe, you need raw cashews. They make a great dairy-free, vegan replacement for heavy cream. If they have been salted or roasted with oils, it will completely change the flavor of the chowder. 
  • Broth: I used low-sodium vegetable broth, but a low sodium vegan chicken broth would also work great. If you are using a vegetable stock you will need additional salt to taste. 
  • Nutritional yeast: Adds a natural cheesy flavor without any dairy. 
  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice adds a natural brightness and balances the richer, cream base of the chowder. 
  • Aromatics: This chowder recipe uses a classic blend of yellow onion, celery, and garlic. If necessary, you can use garlic powder. 
  • Potatoes: This recipe will work with both Yukon gold potatoes and russet potatoes. I prefer the natural creaminess of Yukon gold potatoes, but use what you have! 
  • Corn kernels: The beauty of this chowder is you can make it with whatever corn you have on hand any time of year. If it's summer, opt for fresh sweet corn you've cut off the corn cobs. In the cooler months, use frozen corn or cans of corn. Any and all corn works!
  • Non-dairy milk: Use any unsweetened, plain plant-based milk of choice. I like to use light coconut milk, but I've also used almond milk, cashew milk, and soy milk and all work great. If you only have full-fat coconut milk, use 1 (15 ounce) can, plus 2 cups of water. This will keep the corn chowder from being too rich. 
  • Miso paste: Adds depth of flavor and saltiness to the chowder.  

Variations

  • Add bell pepper: If desired, add up to 1 diced red bell pepper to the recipe. 
  • Add greens: ​I regularly add 1 1/2 cups of chopped greens (fresh or frozen work great). 
  • Make it smoky: When sautéing the aromatics, add in 2-4 ounces of diced tempeh bacon. It adds a ton of smoky flavor, plus plant-based protein! 

How to Make Vegan Corn Chowder

Step by step instructions of how to make chowder. 4 images showing the process.
  1. Soak the cashews. Place the cashews in a small mixing bowl and cover with hot boiling water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to soften. 
  2. Make the cashew cream. Once the cashews are softened, drain them thoroughly and add to a high speed blender along with 2 cups of vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice. Blend until completely smooth and creamy and set aside. 
  3. Sauté the aromatics. Warm a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Once warm, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or vegan butter and heat through for a couple minutes. Add the onion and celery and sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until softened, translucent, and fragrant. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, stirring frequently to prevent burning. 
  4. Add potatoes and corn. Next, add in the cubed potatoes, and sweet corn. Sprinkle in dried parsley and salt and stir to combine. 
  5. Pour in milk and cashew cream. Stir well to combine. Increase the heat to medium-high heat and bring the chowder to a boil. 
Milk added to the pot before simmering.
  1. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. ​Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender and the broth has thickened into a creamy consistency. Stir occasionally to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pot. 
  2. Stir in miso paste. In a separate small mixing bowl, add the miso paste, plus 1/4 cup of water. Using a whisk, break up the miso paste in the water until smooth and uniform. Pour into the creamy vegan corn chowder and stir to combine. 
  3. Serve. Serve the chowder immediately while warm with sliced green onions, red pepper flakes, tempeh bacon and/or crackers or crusty bread. Enjoy! 
Final chowder in large soup pot with soup ladle and green onion.

Recipe FAQs

Can I freeze this chowder?

I do not recommend freezing this chowder as the creamy soup base will cause it to separate and the potatoes will become mealy. If you are interested in freezer-safe soups, I have several freezer meals that freeze much better. 

Can I make this recipe in the Instant Pot or slow cooker?

I have not yet tested a pressure cooker or slow cooker version of this stovetop chowder. 

Will this recipe work with sweet potatoes?

I would not recommend using sweet potatoes because they are naturally much lower in starch compared to gold potatoes and russet potatoes. Without the called for potatoes, the sweet potatoes will not thicken the chowder as it should. Similarly, I do not recommend using red potatoes. 

Ladle full of vegan corn chowder.


How to Store Corn Chowder 

Leftover vegan potato corn chowder will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

Final vegan corn chowder recipe served in black bowl with crackers.
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The Best Vegan Corn Chowder Recipe

4.93 from 14 votes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Cost: $13.59 per recipe / $3.40 per serving
This vegan corn chowder is made creamy with a cashew cream, coconut milk, tons of fresh sweet corn, and potatoes. Have this summer favorite on the table in less than 1 hour.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews ($2.84)
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth ($0.18)
  • ¾ cup nutritional yeast ($2.76)
  • ½ lemon juiced ($0.29)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil ($0.38)
  • 1 yellow onion diced ($0.60)
  • 1 cup celery diced ($0.44)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced ($0.12)
  • 4 cups Yukon gold potatoes peeled and chopped into ½-inch chunks ($1.80)
  • 3 cups white sweet corn fresh, frozen, or canned ($1.40)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley ($0.06)
  • 1 teaspoon salt ($0.02)
  • 4 cups unsweetened plant-based milk ($2.40)
  • 2 teaspoons yellow miso paste ($0.30)

Instructions

  • Soak 1 cup of raw cashews in boiling hot water for 5-10 minutes, or until softened.
  • Drain the cashews and add to a high speed blender along with the vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice. Blend until completely smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Place a large soup pot over medium heat. Once warm, add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil and allow to heat through for a few minutes.
  • Once the oil is warm, add the onion and celery and sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until softened, translucent, and fragrant. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add the chopped potatoes, sweet corn, dried parsley, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Next, pour in the cashew cream mixture along with 4 cups of unsweetened plant-based milk and stir to combine. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the chowder to a simmer.
  • Once simmering, reduce the heat to medium-low, and let simmer, uncovered, for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender and the broth has thickened into a creamy consistency. Stir occasionally to prevent the potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • In a separate small mixing bowl, add the miso paste, plus 1/4 cup of water. Using a whisk, break up the miso paste in the water until smooth and uniform. Pour into the creamy vegan corn chowder and stir to combine. 
  • Serve immediately while warm with sliced green onions and oyster crackers. Enjoy!
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  • Potatoes: Peeled, diced russet potatoes work well.
  • Add bell pepper: If desired, add up to 1 diced red bell pepper to the recipe. 
  • Add greens: ​I regularly add 1 1/2 cups of chopped greens (fresh or frozen work great). 
  • Make it smoky: When sautéing the aromatics, add in 2-4 ounces of diced tempeh bacon. It adds a ton of smoky flavor, plus plant-based protein! 

Notes

  • Full fat, canned coconut milk is going to make this chowder too rich. If it's all you have, I recommend using 1 (15.5 ounce can) of full fat coconut milk and 2 cups of water. Or 2 (15.5 ounce cans) of lite coconut milk will work. 
  • Do not use oat milk in this recipe. It is too naturally sweet, even if the container says it is unsweetened.
  • The potatoes will naturally thicken up this soup. No slurries required! 
  • If you overcook the soup, it could become grainy. Cook just until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 1196mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g

Disclaimer: The Nutritional Information provided for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the facts listed is not and cannot be guaranteed.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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This recipe was originally published April 20, 2020 and was updated on March 5, 2024 to include new recipe photos, step by step process photos, an ingredients photo, FAQs, and an improved written recipe.

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14 Comments

  1. Candi Burns says:

    5 stars
    I love corn soup and this recipe is perfect! I used low fat coconut milk and substituted soy sauce for miso paste. I will be making this again and I can’t wait to try some of the other recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Your instructions were easy to follow since I am newbie making Vegan recipes. Will for sure be making this again.

  3. 5 stars
    This chowder was delicious! Even though we are heading towards summer, the chilly spring evenings make this recipe perfect! We doubled the recipe and have plenty left over for quick lunches this week! There is nothing better than food ready to go in the fridge. We will definitely be making this again!

  4. 4 stars
    A very hearty chowder. Used unsweetened almond milk which worked well, needed to use both my blender and my Ninja for the base (a bit of milk in the ninja, along with the cashews, ensured a very smooth consistency). When heating up the leftovers I added a bit of almond milk to thin out the base. As for the vegan bacon bits, I couldn’t taste the “bacon” flavor once added to the chowder. I might enjoy the bacon bits in a salad but would use half of the liquid smoke called for and omit the maple syrup; just preference. Thank you for sharing your recipe and I look forward to make others that you post!

  5. Can you freeze leftover soup? Made it just now and it’s a lot for our family of 3!

  6. Ruthie Sudduth says:

    I cannot have cashews what would be a good alternative nut?

    1. Hi! I have only made this with raw cashews but the next best thing would be raw sunflower seeds. Can you eat those?

  7. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and my family loved it! Made exactly as written and it was so simple. Filling and delicious!

  8. 5 stars
    Do you think this could be made in the instant pot ? If so how long do you think ? Thanks and Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Yes, I think that should work! I’m surprised I haven’t tested it myself. I’d try 10 minutes on manual high pressure with a quick-release once done to prevent the potatoes from overcooking. Let me know how it works out! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    Delicious! So warm and cozy. I love every single soup on here so this isn’t a surprise, but truly yummy and perfectly filling.

  10. In your content it says to add the corn with the potatoes and then add the frozen kale at the end. But in the recipe directions it says to add the frozen kale and corn at the end. Just wondering if there’s a benefit to adding it at one point versus the other?

    1. Hi Sarah! Sorry for confusion. No benefit to adding it at one point versus the other. IF your corn is really frozen you could add it when you add in potatoes but otherwise the result will be very similar!

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