Sweet and Sour Coconut Corn Chowder

BY : PUBLISHED : July 9th, 2014 UPDATED: November 15th, 2021

To make this delicious summery soup, simply saute aromatics like fresh garlic, onion, and ginger in a pot, add a pinch of turmeric, freshly cut corn kernels (and the cobs-which thicken the soup naturally, with built-in creamy corn starch), coconut milk, and water. Season with salt, pepper, basil, and lime. The lime juice adds a lovely sour note to balance the natural sweetness of coconut and corn.

Close up of a bowl of coconut corn chowder with corn cobs in it.

Close up of a bowl of coconut corn chowder with corn cobs in it.

Sweet and Sour Coconut Corn Chowder

Renee Press
Simmer the corn cobs in your pot of soup to naturally thicken it, no need for cream.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 487 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan


  • 2 ears of corn, de-kerneled , save the cobs
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled & chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric
  • 2 Tablespoons of basil, chopped (Thai basil if available)
  • juice of 2 limes, roughly 1-2 tsp
  • 2-3 cups of water, as needed
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 pinch of cayenne or black pepper, as desired


  • In a medium pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add garlic, ginger, onion, and turmeric. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until aromatic and browning slightly.
  • Add corn kernels, corn cobs, coconut milk, water, sugar, salt, and pepper to pot.
  • Cook on medium low heat for 30 minutes, simmering gently. Adding water as needed.
  • Add chopped basil and lime juice. Stir well. Taste, and adjust salt and pepper as necessary. Will be thick, creamy, aromatic and delicious. Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold. Delicious by itself or with a bowl of brown rice. Enjoy!


Calories: 487kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 8gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 36gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 925mgPotassium: 774mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 298IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 7mg
Keyword chowder, corn, dinner, easy, fast, fire and earth kitchen, fresh, gluten free, ideas, lunch, plant-based, quick, soup, summer, sweet and sour, vegan
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About Renee Press

Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen in Seattle WA. which offers cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services. She's on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone. fireandearthkitchen.com

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