Coconut Corn Chowder

Whenever we have popcorn for a snack — which is often — Chris makes it with coconut oil. The other night I guess must have been particularly in tune with my tastebuds or something, because it finally occurred to me how nicely the sweet coconut complemented the earthy popcorn. And that got me thinking about a coconut corn chowder!

coconut corn chowder

And guess what? Coconut corn chowder is delicious.

This soup is creamy and rich but also bright and zingy with a little lime zest added and a quick herb relish on top. As written, the recipe will serve two as a main course or four as a starter soup. It would really suit a Mexican or Thai-themed meal. Maybe something like corn coconut chowder followed by fish tacos or vegetarian enchiladas.

Or corn coconut chowder followed by shrimp pad Thai. It would also be great next to a California chicken salad or this peanut-BBQ sauce chicken sandwich. (Sounds weird but you gotta believe me.)

This soup is great served hot or cold. If you want to serve it cold (or just save a ton of cal’s, yo!) use low-fat coconut milk. If using low-fat coconut milk, saute the onion and garlic in a teaspoon of oil first instead of using the coconut fat to saute as I’ve done.

P.S. You can totally serve this without the herbs on top and it is still delicious!

coconut corn chowder


Coconut Corn Chowder

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  • Author: Hilah
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x



1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 14oz can coconut milk (see notes above)

2 fresh ears corn

1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

dash turmeric, optional for color

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon lime zest


3 tablespoons minced cilantro

2 tablespoons minced jalapeño

1 tablespoon minced mint, optional


Put the onion, garlic, and fatty top layer of coconut milk into a medium pot. Cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes until onions are softened.

Meanwhile, shuck the corn and cut the kernels off. Then use the back side of your knife to scrape down from tip to stem, rotating the cob, to scrape all the milky liquid from the corn cobs. Add all of that (kernels and milk) to the pot.

Add remaining ingredients including coconut liquid and cover. Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Once boiling, remove lid and reduce heat to medium. Let cook 5 minutes.

Meanwhile mince the relish ingredients and mix in a small bowl.

Puree the soup with an immersion blender until the corn is broken up but not smooth.

Serve soup hot or cold topped with relish.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 350

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  1. Leonard Dickey on June 3, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I was shining you on about the Chinese Chicken Salad; or, whatever/ But this may have me print out and act upon!

  2. Leonard Dickey on June 3, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    It is true; you can/may prolong life, in a robust state by lifelong choices.

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