Summer Corn Soup with Fresh Herbs

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With only a few simple ingredients, this corn soup has an intense corn flavor that tastes just like summer.

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I’ve daydreamed about a vacation in the Hamptons for a very long time — probably something to do with my long-standing Barefoot Contessa habit, watching too much Sex and The City back in the day, and the set from one of my all-time favorite movies, Something’s Gotta Give (that house!). So I was thrilled when my husband’s friend invited us to visit his beach house in the Hamptons last weekend. I have to say, it was was even lovelier than I’d imagined: beautiful beaches, sprawling shingle-style estates hidden by giant boxwoods, charming towns dotted with antique stores, and lots of quaint markets and farm stands.


I didn’t get to do any cooking while we were there but I couldn’t help but be inspired by all the farm-fresh produce. I bought loads of fresh corn from a roadside market to bring home as a souvenir. Once I got into the kitchen, I figured we’d all kinda OD’d on corn on the cob so this creamy corn soup was just the ticket. With only a few simple ingredients, it has an intense corn flavor that tastes just like summer.

What You’ll Need To Make Summer Corn Soup

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Feel free to play with the recipe: substitute your favorite herbs, garnish it with chopped tomatoes or red peppers, or luxe it up with a swirl of heavy cream.

How To Make Summer Corn Soup

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To begin, remove the husks and silks from the corn and set one ear of corn aside. Use a knife to cut the kernels off of the remaining 5 cobs, then break the scraped cobs in half. Set aside.

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Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat and add the shallots.

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Cook, stirring often, until soft and translucent, 8-10 minutes.

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Add the chicken stock, corn kernels, broken cobs, whole ear of corn, salt, and pepper to the pot.

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Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

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Remove the whole ear of corn and set aside to cool. Cook the soup for 10 minutes more, then remove the broken cobs from the pot and discard.

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Use a handheld immersion blender to purée the soup until very smooth. Be patient; it takes a while.

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Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and pass the soup through, using a back of a ladle to push the soup through in circular motions. Discard the fibers and bits of kernels in the sieve.

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Return the strained soup to a clean pot. It should have a creamy consistency. If it’s too thick, thin it with water or chicken stock; if it’s too thin, cook over medium heat until thickened.

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Use a knife to cut the cooked kernels off of the cooled whole cob, then add the kernels to the soup along with the herbs. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper (if necessary, you can add a bit of sugar to bring out the corn’s natural sweetness).

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Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with tiny sprigs of fresh basil and thyme, if desired.

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Summer Corn Soup with Fresh Herbs

With only a few simple ingredients, this corn soup has an intense corn flavor that tastes just like summer.

Servings: 4
Total Time: 45 Minutes


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 heaping cup chopped shallots
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth, best quality
  • 6 ears fresh corn (white or yellow are both fine, but yellow makes for a prettier soup)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil, for garnish
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme, for garnish


  1. Remove the husks and silks from the corn. Set one ear of corn aside. Use a knife to cut the kernels off of the remaining 5 cobs, then break the scraped cobs in half. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring often, until soft and translucent, 8-10 minutes. Add the chicken stock, corn kernels, broken cobs, whole ear of corn, salt and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove the whole ear of corn and set aside to cool. Cook the soup for 10 minutes more, then remove the broken cobs from the pot and discard.
  3. Off the heat, use a hand held immersion blender to purée the soup until very smooth. It will take a few minutes. (Alternatively, let the soup cool slightly and purée it in batches in a blender. Be sure to crack the lid or remove the center cap to allow steam to escape and cover with a dishtowel so it won't splatter.) Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and pass the soup through, using a back of a ladle to push the soup through in circular motions. Discard the fibers and bits of kernels in the sieve. Return the strained soup to a clean pot. It should have a creamy consistency. If it's too thick, thin it with water or chicken stock; if it's too thin, cook over medium heat until thickened.
  4. Use a knife to cut the cooked kernels off of the cooled whole cob, then add the kernels to the soup along with the herbs. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper (if necessary, you can add a bit of sugar to bring out the corn's natural sweetness). Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with tiny sprigs of fresh basil and thyme, if desired. Serve hot or cold.
  5. Note: If you have a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, you may be able to skip the step of straining the soup.
  6. Note: Be sure to get fresh-picked corn and cook it as soon as possible. As soon as it is picked, corn starts converting sugar to starch which reduces sweetness. If you're not going to cook it right away, store it in the refrigerator as it slows down the conversion process.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The soup can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost the soup in the refrigerator for 12 hours and then reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 370
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Sodium: 722mg
  • Cholesterol: 31mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • This is my favorite go to recipe right now. It freezes really well too. The directions are perfect. I use the handheld blender and it works nicely. I use a fine colander to strain it. Do make this and get kudos from friends and family.

    • — Polly on November 5, 2020
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  • I found this soup to be far too thin, and after simmering to thicken somewhat, it tasted like undiluted condensed soup – unfortunately, a complete waste of homemade chicken stock.

    • — Tara on October 8, 2020
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  • Thank you for your recipe. I love it. I ate my first corn soup in a nice small restaurant in New York years ago. It was delicious. This kind of soup is not common in Germany. Thanks again. Wish you all the best. BELLA

    • — Bella on September 13, 2020
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  • Your description of the Hamptons was enlightening to me. You are an inspiration. Thank you again 💓

    • — Etta on September 7, 2020
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on September 7, 2020
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  • Best corn soup ever! I’m a lover of farm fresh corn but I too have OD’d on grilled corn over the summer. This was the best side dish for a “cool” summer day. Tasted like summer indeed. Jenn, your recipes have changed my life & my love for cooking. I signed up as a recipe tester for your 2nd cook book and will be providing feedback soon. Please consider a zoom book tour, would love to call in & listen to you talk about good food!

    • — Jennifer on August 29, 2020
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    • ❤️

      • — Jenn on August 30, 2020
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  • I made this tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe Jenn! I’m thinking that some lump crab meat might be a good addition.

    • — Jim Orvis on August 29, 2020
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    • Agree!

      • — Jenn on August 30, 2020
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  • This is the first recipe I’ve tried from Once Upon a Chef that wasn’t an easy 5 stars. The taste was nice, but the texture wasn’t right. I don’t think my corn cobs were particularly small, but the ratio of 6 cups of liquid to 6 corn seemed like—and was—way too much. Even before blending, I took out a cup of stock, and then after blending and sieving I boiled it to reduce it for quite a long time. The texture just never came together. And it’s a LOT of work for relatively little soup. If I were you, I’d pass on this one!

    • — Kate on August 27, 2020
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  • This soup is amazing! My kids gobbled it all up. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

    • — Koleen on August 17, 2020
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  • Do not use that much thyme or basil, you’ll ruin it. Seriously, just find a different recipe on the internet.

    • — Eric on August 15, 2020
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  • I made this today (strained) and plan to serve it tonight, garnished with fried sage. I did end up cooking it a little longer after straining it to cook down to a slightly thicker consistency. I plan to freeze leftovers. So much corn flavor in this soup.

    • — Terri Bowman on August 11, 2020
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  • Over the top delicious! Added just a touch of garlic powder and splash
    of sriracha. This is my first review,
    even though I have been cooking
    your recipes for a long time. Always can count on home run results. Thank you for what you do
    So well! During this time especially, bringing joy to the table.

    • — Pam Brandes on August 7, 2020
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  • Made this tonight, it was delicious! I didn’t strain the soup after using the immersion blender, and it was still a great texture. I used two full 32 Oz cartons of chicken broth because I didn’t want to end up throwing half a carton out, and it was still full of great flavor. I might keep two ears while, just as a personal preference, because I loved getting the whole kernels. I also added a little apple cider vinegar. Am definitely going to try this in the winter with frozen corn!

    • — Amy on July 18, 2020
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  • Made this tonight. Was delicious as written. After tasting I added 1/2 cup light cream to use it up AND some lobster meat b/c lobsters were on sale for $5.99/lb. I’d make it again with and without my additions for sure.

    • — Lindsay on June 24, 2020
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    • What a great idea! I definitely want to try it with the cream and lobster meat. Thanks!

      • — Limaries on November 24, 2020
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  • Could you make this soup with frozen corn? Thank you!

    • — Selina on May 30, 2020
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    • Hi Selina, this is definitely best with fresh corn, but I think you could get away with frozen. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on June 1, 2020
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  • Made this last night and it was fantastic. I didn’t have shallots so I used white onion and added a few garlic cloves while simmering the onion and butter. Also, I did not use a sieve (the consistency didn’t bother us) after the immersion blender step. I cheated and added a few Tablespoons of sour cream because I have a huge container to get rid off. This was super good and my hubby and my corn loving son went nuts over it. I’m thinking a few roasted pepitas could be a fun addition to try. Great recipe! I also ordered your cook book yesterday as every time I search the Internet for a recipe, I’m always drawn to your blog. Can’t wait to thumb through it in person to get even more inspired by your creations.

    • — Angela Cowardin on May 29, 2020
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    • So glad you enjoyed this and thanks for your support with the cookbook! 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 31, 2020
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  • Hi,
    I love your recipes. I am a trained home chef (if that’s a thing). Even tho I have not made any of your recipes yet, I KNOW that corn soup is going to be amazing! The brussels sprout salad looks perfect too! Can’t wait to impress my guests!

    • — Vince on October 14, 2019
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    • Hope you enjoy whatever you try! 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 15, 2019
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  • I would like to ask what were the sizes of the corns used, were they small, medium or large?

    • — Yuri on October 11, 2019
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    • Hi Yuri, You could get away with any sized ears because there’s not a ton of variation, but I’d probably opt for the medium-sized. Hope you enjoy the soup!

      • — Jenn on October 11, 2019
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  • The best corn soup recipe I’ve ever made. I loved it and received excellent feedback from friends and family.

    • — Mimi on August 25, 2019
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  • Simple ingredients, easy to follow. I was pleasantly surprised how creamy it was without adding any cream. Flavor was fantastic. With my husband being sensitive to dairy this will be a go to for the hot summer months.

    • — Nicole on August 18, 2019
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    • Hi Jen, looking forward to making this soup. My question is can a blender be used instead of an immersion blender? Would the consistency be the same? Thanks!

      • — Yolanda on August 7, 2020
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      • Sure, Yolanda – a blender will work well. Enjoy!

        • — Jenn on August 7, 2020
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  • Fantastic soup! Incredibly creamy without a drop of cream….glad not to have the extra calories. I’ll admit to using the ‘old’ corn from a major grocery, but it didn’t seem to matter…great flavor with the chicken broth, salt and pepper. I added a chiffonade of basil as garnish and left out the thyme because I didn’t have any. I also used chicken base and water to make the broth, but cut back a smidge on the salt, until tasting the end result.

    After cutting the kernels off, I used the back of the knife to slough off the bits of kernal left on the cob. I was surprised at how quickly it came together…only 20 minutes of cooking. I used a Vitamix for about 5 minutes, which didn’t completely pulverize the fiber. I didn’t mind the consistency, so didn’t bother to strain it.

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! I can always count on having a delicious dish when I follow your recipes and look forward to trying more.

    • — Cindy on August 17, 2019
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    • Jen thanks so much, this is is fantastic! I’ve made it twice now, is so delicious and easy!

      • — Yolanda on August 24, 2020
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  • We truly loved this and found it very simple. I used a Vitamix (did not sieve) and is was perfect. The basil is key. Thank you for a keeper recipe!

    • — Devon on August 15, 2019
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  • Just finished making this and put in fridge to cool (til someone gets home). It’s SO intense, I love it! Wondering if it could save some of the pulp to mix into corn muffins…feeding it to the chickens instead.

    • — Mary McC on August 15, 2019
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    • Hi Mary, Are you referring to what remains in the sieve when you pour the soup through it? If so, don’t see why that wouldn’t work. Hope you enjoy the soup!

      • — Jenn on August 15, 2019
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  • This recipe was way too much work, with not as good a result as some I’ve tried from “Once Upon a Chef”. Good fresh corn is only available in August when the kitchen is hot. This soup involves a lot of cooking and preparation. The final flavor was okay, but not spectacular.

    • — Greta Peterson on August 8, 2019
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  • I make this corn soup numerous times the abundance of corn overflows in the farmers’ markets . I make the recipe exactly, except I sometimes forgo the thyme, or add parsley.. i always include basil. As the corn season wanes, I make batches of the soup, and freeze it. When I prepare the frozen soup, I add a bit of cream, and guve the soup another whirl with immersion blender. A delicious taste of summer.

  • Delicious. Easy. Fresh.

    I received several ears of corn in my CSA box for the week and this recipe arrived at the perfect time! I had all the ingredients already in the pantry so whipping this soup up took little effort. The soup is light and creamy. I froze half of it to enjoy as a quick weeknight dinner later on!

  • Made this tonight – so delicious, fast, and easy. I did not have shallots, so used red onion and a clove of garlic instead. 30 seconds in the Vitamix blender made the soup very smooth. Can’t wait to make this again.

  • Great recipe and really simple too. I was lazy and didn’t sieve the soup, and it was still pretty excellent with some bite from the blended corn. Garnish with bacon bits for some crunch (the bacon’s pretty salty so the salt in the recipe can be halved).

  • Hi Jenn,
    Does this soup freeze well?
    We just did an emergency harvest of our garden (snow is in the forecast! Oh, the challenges of living in northern Canada.) I have corn to spare and was thinking of making a triple batch of this recipe.

    • Snow in September – you must be a trooper!! 🙂 Yes, this soup will freeze nicely. Enjoy!

  • I have several ears of leftover cooked corn. Can this be modified so that I can use that corn instead of uncooked ears? Thanks.

    • Hi Kathy, I think it’s fine to use the cooked corn in the soup. Just reserve one ear for the corn that will be added at the very end. Hope that helps and that you enjoy!

  • I love making soup. I followed these directions to a tee and although it was good I felt it needed to go to another level. I added a 16 ounce jar of mild salsa ( undrained) and 2 cans of great northern beans ( drained and rinsed). The result was OVER THE TOP DELICIOUS!!!!!!! Now THAT’S what I call soup.

  • This is another scrumptious soup that my family loved. The method is very close to the lemon asparagus soup. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

  • This was not a hit with my family. I have loved all the other recipes I tried on this website, but I won’t be making this again. The soup was super labour intensive (I made my own chicken broth, so that added another layer to it) and the result was blah. Kids left it in their bowls, my husband said it was way too sweet for a soup. We would much rather have eaten the corn simply boiled.

  • Would a Foley mill work instead of a fine sieve?

    • Sure, Carol – that should work.

      • Jenn, this was wonderful. I wanted to serve it cold in mugs on a 90 degree day, so I simmered it an extra 10 minutes. When cold, it was thicker than I had planned. Should I shorten the extra simmering time or not thicken at all as it obviously gets thicker on its own?

        • That’s a nice idea for a hot day! It depends upon how thick you want the soup to be. If it was a little thicker than you’d liked this past go-round, I’d skip the extra simmering next time.

  • I made this soup tonight and it took an hour and a half from going to the farm stand to buy the corn to serving it. I thought it was delicious. I did not use the ground pepper since that would have introduced dark specks into a light soup. Instead, in these instances, I prefer to use green Tabasco, which offers lots of forgiveness as you add heat. The soup really changes after going through the sieve, but is still thick enough. Opps, I forgot to say, after the shallots were sauteed, I added two tablespoons of flour to ensure the finished soup did not separate.

    Comments, anyone?

  • Delicious!! My soup didn’t turn out as thick as yours, Jenn, and I didn’t have time to cook it down. Next time I’ll leave myself more time as necessary; and next time I will add the kernels of two cob, not one. The kernels (and herbs) really did make this a very special soup! My Blend Tech made fast work of the finished product. :0)

  • Terrific soup Jenn. I had a similar corn soup a year ago in the dining room of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and was delighted to try your recipe. I used a mix of shallots and leeks because we have leeks and basil from our CSA. And cooking the corn cobs amplifies the corn flavor. It was like tasting liquid sunshine in a bowl! Thank you for another winning recipe.

  • THIS SOUP IS AWESOME. I simplified it by cooking the cobs separately and cutting off all the kernels, saving a cup of them for the end. Threw out the cobs. I also added dried basil and thyme right away before simmering. You get the taste of fresh garden corn in this recipe. If you like summer harvest corn you will love this soup. I have never left a comment on a recipe EVER. That’s how good this is.

  • Hi Jenn – I love your recipes and have just started to try them! I have come across your blog and can’t seem to tear myself away. With corn so cheap on sale at my local store, this was the perfect time to make my first corn soup from scratch. Good-bye canned corn!! It took more work to make than opening a can – but so delicious. I used my hand immersion blender but after tasting, I also decided to strain it through a sieve. This made it so creamy and hubby said he really enjoyed the soup with those kernels added for texture. Igre my own herb garden this year and I was happy to run out and snip herbs for this soup to sprinkle on top. Tasted like something you would get at fancy restaurant! So yummy! Thank you! This is my 3rd recipe I made and you are my favorite chef!

  • I love this soup! I had to use a strainer because I could not get all of the kernel shells to puree, but it still worked and tasted great! Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!

  • Jenn, You’re going to love this. Last week we were having friends over for dinner. She is from Napoli and he is from India. They are serious food lovers, and as you know, it is such fun to cook for people who appreciate your efforts. Knowing how Italians LOVE their lemons, I decided to prepare an “Italian Meyer lemon cake.” I don’t know where I had found the recipe, but it was in my enormous pile of “things to try.” It required considerable work, expense, (had to find and buy Fiori di Sicilia), and time. I followed the recipe EXACTLY! I made it early in the morning — fortunately. After it was completely cooled, being concerned since it was something new, I cut into the cake only to find that the center of each slice looked like solidified jelly. It was disgusting, to say the least. The entire cake went directly into the trash. So here it is 1:30 PM, and I have no dessert for my dinner. I ran to the computer, dashed to your website and found your lemon bundt cake recipe. I dashed to the store, bought the buttermilk and more lemons, hurried home and made your cake; it was — OF COURSE– spectacular. My friends were so impressed; I even gave them part of the cake to take home. When I told my husband the whole story, he said, “Why didn’t you use her recipe in the first place? Everything you have ever made from her collection was good.” Duh. When will I learn? Once again, Jenn to the rescue. My three adult children are all cooks (as well as their spouses) and all are Jenn Segal fans. I have ordered your cookbook for myself and all three kids. Thank you, again, for making me look good.

    • I’m so happy it worked out, Susan — and thank you so much for supporting me! 💜

  • Made this wonderful soup couple of time, and now this is our family officially summer soup. It is absolutely delicious. Thank you Jenn, for another great and healthy recipe.

  • Could you add lump crab meat to the soup? If so, how/when should it be added?

    • Sure – I’d add it at the very end so it doesn’t overcook.

      • Thanks so much!!!

      • My husband LOVES this recipe. Have made it twice, thinking about buying a Vitamix blender, straining takes a lot of effort. Laurie J

        • — Laurie on September 8, 2019
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  • Made this corn soup and it really was delicious. I added a Parmesan cheese rind while it was simmering and it added a nice saltiness which we thought was good opposite the sweetness of the fresh corn. Will definitely make this every summer when corn is in season. Thanks again Jenn for another fabulous recipe using fresh seasonal ingredients.

    • — Beverly Kloppenburg
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  • We are always on the look out for corn to hit 6/$1 and then we know it is time to make this soup. I usually up the shallots to 1 1/2 cups, and add a little bit of basil infused olive oil to the butter. If I can tear my family away from the pot we can freeze a few servings for later. Such an easy, yummy soup to make.

  • I made this over the summer with corn from the CSA we joined – absolutely delicious and fragrant; can’t wait for summer to roll back around!!

  • I have tried the soup several times. When I puree with my immersion blender, I can’t get it smooth (even after 15+ minutes). I end up putting it through a sieve and it fine. It still tastes wonderful!

  • Hi. I haven’t seen fresh corn on the cob much in the markets now. Can I substitute frozen corn, and if so how many packages would I need. Thanks. Pamela
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    • Hi Pamela, This is definitely best with fresh corn, but I think you could get away with frozen. You’d need the equivalent of about 4 1/2 cups of corn. I’d love to hear how it turns out with frozen corn if you make it!

      • Hi
        If using frozen corn should I defrost first?

        • — nilly berger on August 22, 2020
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        • Hi Nilly, This is definitely best with fresh corn, but if you want to use frozen, I think I’d defrost it first. I’d love to hear how it turns out with frozen corn if you make it!

          • — Jenn on August 24, 2020
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  • I’m excited to make this soup! I think I’m missing something though– are the basil and thyme just garnish or do they cook with the soup? When should they be added in?

    • Yes Miri, both the basil and thyme are garnishes. Sorry that wasn’t more clear– I just updated the recipe.

  • Delicious. My husband couldn’t believe it wasn’t loaded with cream. I blended it in my Vitamix on the “hot soup” setting and the texture was like velvet. We tried a little of the soup cold but it doesn’t do the flavors justice so I reheated it. We enjoyed it even if it is a 93 degree day. Definitely making this again.

  • I’m wondering how this soup wuld be served cold. It’s still in the 90’s here every day so we love having cold soup as a meal option.

    • Hi Linda, I haven’t tried this chilled, but based on the ingredients in it, I think it could work. Worse comes to worse, if you don’t like it cold, you can always reheat it :). I’d love to know what you think of it chilled!

  • Made this wonderful soup yesterday. It was so delicious and healthy. Since I had some fresh homemade pesto on hand and didn’t have any more fresh basil leaves to add to the soup, I just added in some of the fresh pesto. Worked great! Thanks again for another delicious recipe, Jenn!

  • Loved this recipe-even without the fresh herbs!

  • Do you think you could use frozen corn kernels, maybe in conjunction with a few fresh ears? Want to make this for Thanksgiving and the corn isn’t that beautiful anymore. Thx!

    • Hi Donna, Yes, that should work just fine. Enjoy!

  • This corn soup was the fabulous!

  • Jen, you keep blowing my mind with your recipes!

    The soup was thin after I blended it, but that was easily fixed by reducing. I added an extra cob at that point thinking the starch would also help thicken it up. It worked and I had extra kernels to add as well. It was delicious! Thank you!

  • Jen! This soup is incredible. We can never get enough corn in the summer and this is such a great recipe! Your recipes never fail and I can’t wait to see more! I added 2 tbsp 1/2 and 1/2 but it didn’t even need it. I’ll be making this again for family!

  • Hi Jenn,
    Can I substitute yellow or red onion for the shallots and what would be the measurement? Same with the herbs – I only have dried ones, how many teaspoons for basil and for thyme? Thanks so much. I’m learning so much from your site!

    • Hi Shirley, Yes, it’s fine to substitute yellow onions. I would use the same amount. For the herbs, cut the amounts in half. Glad you are enjoying the site!

  • After the first time I made this soup for my family, we knew that every year we’d need to make several batches. It is so easy to make and the taste is phenomenal. One time I didn’t have enough butter (someone had made cookies without buying more) so I used 1T butter and 3T olive oil and it was still very good.

    • Would taste suffer if I made this one day ahead? Dinner Party todos are so many!

      • Hi Betty, The taste will actually improve so go right ahead 🙂

  • Jenn, this is just what I was looking for (I am in the Hamptons and trying to soak up the last of the season’s corn). Question: I’d love to throw in some jalapeño. Good idea? And if so, when should I put them in? With the shallots? Thanks!

    • Hi Lisa, Yes, definitely a good idea — and yes, with the shallots 🙂

      • Thank you, Jenn! I just made it with some chopped jalapeño added to the shallots. It is spectacular! I almost didn’t need to add the other ear of corn and the herbs.

  • Great, healthy and simple recipe. Loved it.

  • Delicious, will definitely make again! I added some milk and cornstarch to make it creamier and thicken it up a bit.

  • Just made this! It tastes wonderful! I’ve never cooked a soup from scratch before and I’m very happy with the results. It was just what I was looking for.

  • This soup is fantastic! And not too hard to make, as soups often can be. My family and I kept going back for more. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  • I made this soup and mine turned out thin. I cooked longer to thicken, even added a little cornstarch, but never thickened. It tasted good, but not quite what I wanted.

  • Are there any other substitutions. It is delicious with the chicken stock, however i have one vegan guest so thiught i would do some with the veg stock.

    • Hi Debbie, The only other option is water, but I think the soup will have much better flavor with veg stock. Please come back and let me know how it comes out. Thx!

  • Can this be made with vegetable stock instead of chicken stock

  • Whipped this up after Church two weekends ago. This soup was sweet enough, so I did not need to add any sugar. I made a mistake by adding the fresh herbs before I used my hand-held blender and it gave a the soup a slightly greenish hue…. still tasted great and made for a nice Sunday afternoon lunch with mini grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches.

  • This was truly excellent. We often overbuy corn when it is at it’s peak and when dinner is over we find that we have ears uneaten. This is the best use I’ve found for the leftovers. I’ve tried it as written and altering it to utilize the kernel cut from already steamed ears and it is equally delicious! And best of all it freezes with very little change of texture and taste. Thank You!

  • As you say, I’ve OD’d on corn on the cob. What a nice change.

  • Can’t wait to make this.

  • This soup is very healthy and good for health also.
    I am saying this because I have lately prepared this at home and it is easy to prepare and have goodness of herbs also.

  • So perfect and so easy! This is my first time on your blog–I just googled fresh corn soup and found you. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

  • looks gorgeous- The color in itself is perfect!

  • Just crazy-delicious. I’ve made several corn soups over the years, this is my favorite! I too wondered whether a heaping cup of shallots would overpower everything else, but it doesn’t. The soup has a nice balance of sweet and peppery flavors. Fresh corn is a must, get some before it’s all gone!

  • Made this last night and it was simple and fabulous! We all really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • I fixed a pot of this soup this afternoon–I love the recipe. At the end I added in some leftover cooked potato and mushroom and some cooked shrimp (my daughter’s idea). My family really liked it.

  • That is such a lovely soup. So glad you had a wonderful time in The Hamptons!

  • So simple yet it looks so great. I love corn chowders and soup so this is a definite will make.

  • Wow Jen, sounds yummy! I think my CSA is offering the last corn this week, so I am def. going to do that – I’m all corned out and it sounds like a yummy alternative – but a whole cup of shallots? That won’t overpower the soup?

  • This sounds simple and delicious! I’ve really gotten into cooking with fresh corn this summer and this will definitely be a recipe I try.

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