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Corn Chowder with Miso and Scallions

4 to 6 Servings

45 minutes

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This corn chowder, inspired by a corn side dish in “The Gaijin Cookbook” by Ivan Orkin and Chris Ying, is unconventional in a couple of ways. Instead of relying on an abundance of dairy for creaminess, we puree a portion of the cooked vegetables. This gives the soup body without blunting the delicate sweet, grassy notes of the corn, nor the earthiness of the potatoes. Secondly, white miso lends deep, umami-rich flavor, so there’s no need for the salt pork or bacon typically used in corn chowder, nor even for chicken broth, so this soup is vegetarian-friendly. Fresh in-season corn is, of course, best—we cut the kernels from the ears and simmer the cobs right in the mix, which infuses the broth with maximum flavor. Out of season, frozen corn kernels are a decent stand-in. You won’t have cobs for simmering, but the chowder still will be good. And if you wish the chowder to have golden hue, stir in a pinch or two of ground turmeric.

4 to 6


45 minutes


  • 3

    tablespoons salted butter, cut into 2 or 3 pieces

  • 1

    bunch scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts reserved separately


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Michael Y.
July 30, 2023
Summer chowder
Chowder in summer? Yes, indeed. This is a great way to use corn when it is in season and makes a light and delicious dinner. If you are not a fan of salt, I would dial back the salt in the first step and add at the end if you want to. I thought the salt was perfect as directed in the recipe and nicely balanced the sweetness of the corn.
Melissa U.
June 26, 2023
Tastes creamy without cream!
Delicious, umami rich chowder recipe. I made a few modifications based on what I had. Used 2 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon bacon drippings, organic frozen corn, chicken stock and added leftover shredded smoked chicken. Perfect for this rainy day in Door County, WI.
Sue B.
June 22, 2023
Quick, delicious comfort food
This recipe came together easily and was very satifying and tasty. I subsituted vermouth for the mirin as that was what was on hand. Next time I make this recipe, I'll will cut the potatoes in larger chunks and then make sure they are all in the puree step. I think that will make the corn chowder exceptional.
Stephen T.
September 22, 2023
So tasty and so easy!
This was easy to make and tasted great. The leftovers the next day were even better. This is definitely being made again in our household. I was a little concerned about using salted butter + butter + miso, but felt the end result was really well-balanced.
Fred M.
September 2, 2023
Miso Corn Chowder
this is the perfect non-dairy corn chowder ever,