Vegan Corn Chowder
As it turns out, you don’t need cream, butter, and flour in order to make chowder!! You can replace regular flour with a gluten-free all-purpose blend, use a vegan butter replacement, and/or substitute coconut milk for the cream.
The key to making this chowder sweet, thick, and creamy, is to cook one of the red potatoes and blend it with half of the cooked corn kernels and the coconut milk. This makes for a chowder-y consistency without having to tap into the butter and flour to make a roux. The other red potato gets chopped up and cooked with the veggies in order to make the soup nice and chunky and hearty. Similarly, the other half of the corn kernels go into the soup – I like keeping long strips of corn to make for the optimal big bite.
While this recipe contains no heavy cream or butter, it tastes completely rich and decadent. Like a treat soup.
- 4 ears corn shucked and steamed
- 2 large red potatoes peeled and chopped
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 large white onion
- 5 cloves large garlic minced
- 3 large carrots peeled and chopped
- 3 large stalks celery chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper cored and chopped
- 1-½ teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- 2/3 cup coconut milk
- 2 cups water or vegetable broth
Place ears of corn into a large pot and fill with water. Cover the pot with a lid and place on the stove over high heat. Bring to a full boil and cook until corn is plump and juicy, about 5 to 8 minutes.
Use tongs to remove corn from the boiling water and place on a cutting board.
Chop one of the red potatoes in half and carefully place into the same pot of boiling water you used to cook the corn. Allow potato to cook until soft, about 10 to 15 minutes.
While the potato is cooking, saute the rest of the vegetables. Add the coconut oil to a large pot, along with the other diced potato, chopped onion, garlic, carrots, celery, bell pepper, sea salt, Cajun seasoning, paprika, and cumin. Heat to medium-high and saute, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes.
Use a knife to remove the corn kernels from all of the ears of corn. Place half of the kernels in a blender, along with the cooked potato. Add the coconut milk and water (or broth) to the blender, and blend until completely smooth. This may take two or three rounds of blending.
Add the remaining corn kernels to the pot with the sauteed vegetables, and pour the blended corn/potato (chowder) mixture into the pot. Bring to a gentle boil and cook until potato has softened, about 10 to 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and taste chowder. Add sea salt and Cajun seasoning as desired. Serve with chopped green onion.