Easy & comforting Sweet Corn Soup made in the Instant Pot. This lightly spiced Indo-Chinese soup is perfect for the cold weather. This is a vegan & gluten-free soup!

Delicious sweet corn soup topped with green onions served in two bowls.
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This is one soup that takes me back to the delicious street food of Mumbai. We used to have Sweet Corn Soup every time we visited our favorite Chinese (rather Indo-Chinese) joint, Uncle’s Kitchen.

We would always start with sweet corn soup, chicken lollipops (similar to wings), crispy chicken, and spring rolls. So this soup is very similar to the restaurant-style sweet corn soup we enjoyed, and I hope you enjoy it too!

I love making soups in the Instant Pot. You might have guessed that by the number of instant pot soups I have shared. You can also make this sweet corn soup on the stovetop, and it takes about the same time, just a little extra monitoring.

This Sweet Corn Soup should be on the must-try list if you want a vegetarian soup recipe. 

Watch How to Make Sweet Corn Soup

What is Sweet Corn Soup?

Sweet Corn Soup is made in many regions of the world in many different ways.  Corn is the main ingredient that gives the soup a slightly sweet taste.  Usually, a lightly spiced soup made with sweet corn and veggies like carrots, green peas, cabbage & spring onions. You can also find the chicken sweet corn soup variation. I will share the Indo-Chinese version of vegetarian sweet corn soup in this recipe.  It is vegan & gluten-free.

You might ask, what is Indo-Chinese cuisine?  I am picking this from Wikipedia – The adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes through a larger offering to include vegetarian dishes.

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You will love this Chinese Sweet Corn Soup

  • Easy to make & so satisfying
  • You can add lots of veggies
  • Easy to adjust to your spice level and change up the veggies you add
  • Vegan and gluten-free
  • Perfect for cold days

Sweet Corn Soup Ingredients

Let’s start with gathering the ingredients for sweet corn soup.

Sweet Corn: I used frozen corn for this soup. You can use fresh or canned too. I blended 3/4 cup of the corn with some water to make creamed corn which we will add to this soup.

You can use canned creamed corn too. However, I find it easy to blend corn at home.

Veggies: I just used carrots and spring onions (scallions) while making this soup, as that is what I had on hand. Other veggies you can add are – green peas, green beans, mushrooms, and cabbage (add at the end after pressure cooking).

Separate the white and green portions of the spring onions while chopping, as we will add them at different times.

Ginger & Garlic: These aromatics elevate the flavor of this soup. Mince the garlic and ginger.

Vegetable Broth: I use vegetable broth for this soup. But feel free to use what you have on hand. You can also use Better than Bouillon to make broth.

Salt, Pepper & Sugar: Season with salt and pepper. Add a little sugar to balance the flavors of the soup.

Vinegar: Adds tanginess to the soup. I used rice vinegar.

Cornstarch: Make a cornstarch slurry to thicken the soup. You can also use arrowroot powder or potato starch as a replacement.

Red chili paste: Add red chili paste to taste to increase the heat in this soup.

Ingredients to make sweet corn soup

How to make Sweet Corn Soup in Instant Pot?

There are three easy steps to make this soup!

Saute the ingredients

1 – Heat the instant pot in sauté mode. Add oil, ginger, and garlic and sauté them until fragrant and slightly golden.

2 – Add the carrots, the white portion of the spring onions, corn kernels, and the creamed corn.

3- Add the broth, black pepper, salt, sugar, and vinegar and stir well.

Pressure Cook the soup

4 – We pressure cook for just 2 minutes and then let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.

Simmer & Garnish

5 – Next step is to make the soup thicker by adding cornstarch. Dissolve the corn starch in 1/4 cup water with no lumps. Start the instant pot in sauté mode and add the corn starch to the soup while stirring continuously. Bring to a quick boil.

6 – The soup is ready. Garnish with the green part of spring onions and add red chili sauce to taste. Serve hot!

Sweet corn soup made in the instant pot

Stovetop Method

1 – Heat oil in a large pot on medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic. Saute them until they are fragrant.

2 – Add the carrots, the white portion of the spring onions, corn kernels, and the creamed corn. Add the broth, black pepper, salt, sugar, and vinegar and stir well.

3 – Bring to a boil, and simmer on low flame for about 15 minutes until the veggies are cooked. Stir at regular intervals.

4 – Mix the cornstarch slurry in 1/4 cup water with no lumps. Then add it to the soup. Stir it and let it cook until the soup thickens.

5 – Garnish with the green part of spring onions and serve!

Sweet corn soup served in 2 bowls garnished with green onions

How to Serve?

I like to add lots of sauces before enjoying this soup. Soy sauce, some chili sauce, or schezwan sauce are all great additions. I use Sambal Oelek Chili paste if you want a new one to try. Or the Indo-Chinese Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney is so good!

Pair this soup with Chili Garlic Potatoes, and Garlic Noodles or Vegetable Lo Mein for a wonderful meal!

How to Store?

Any leftovers can be cooled to room temperature and stored in the refrigerator in airtight containers for up to 4 days.

You can also store it in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Then reheat in the microwave or a pot on the stovetop.

Indo-Chinese Sweet Corn Soup served in two bowls.

I hope you enjoy this easy Sweet Corn Soup!

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4.90 from 37 votes

Sweet Corn Soup (Instant Pot & Stovetop)

Easy & comforting Sweet Corn Soup made in the Instant Pot. This lightly spiced Indo-chinese soup is perfect for the cold weather. This is a vegan & gluten free soup!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3

Ingredients 

  • 2 cup Sweet Corn, divided
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup Carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks Spring Onions, chopped, separate white and green part
  • 2 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt , adjust to taste
  • Black Pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar, adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Vinegar, I used rice vinegar
  • 3 teaspoon Cornstarch, mixed with 1/4 cup water
  • Red chili paste, add to taste

Instructions 

  • In a blender, blend 3/4 cup sweet corn and 1/2 cup water, to a smooth paste.  
  • Start the instant pot on sauté mode and let it heat. Add oil and then add ginger, garlic. Sauté for about 30 seconds. 
  • Add carrots, spring onion whites and the remaining corn. Add the sweet corn paste from step 1.
  • Add the broth, black pepper, salt, sugar and vinegar. Stir well making sure nothing is stuck at the bottom of the pot. Press Cancel and close lid with vent in sealing position.   
  • Set the instant pot in pressure cook (manual) mode for 2 minutes at high pressure. 
  • When the instant pot beeps, do a 10 minute NPR. This means let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release the pressure manually. 
  • Add the cornstarch dissolved in water to the pot and stir well. Set the instant pot on saute mode and let it come to a quick boil. 
  • Garnish with green part of spring onions and add chili sauce to taste. Serve hot!

Stovetop Method

  • In place of the pressure cooking step, cover with a lid and let the veggies cook for about 15 minutes. Stir in between couple of times. Then follow the steps to thicken and garnish.  

Video

Notes

Sauces: I like to add lots of sauces before enjoying this soup. Soy sauce, some chili sauce, or schezwan sauce are all great additions. 
Corn: I used frozen corn in this recipe. Fresh or canned corn will work just as well. 
Vary the Veggies: I added carrots, corn, and spring onions. Some other veggies that go well in this soup are beans, cabbage, mushroom, and green peas. If adding cabbage, thinly slice it and add it after pressure cooking before adding the spring onions. 
Double the quantity? You can easily double or triple the recipe in a 6qt instant pot.  
Created: This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Pressure Cooker.

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSodium: 1199mgPotassium: 370mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 6195IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.8mg

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian, Indo-Chinese
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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32 Comments

    1. Hi Vaishnavi – Sure, water will work too. You can add more seasoning as needed. Hope you enjoy the soup!

    1. Hi Madhavi – That is totally fine. I just wanted to share how I enjoy the soup. You can definitely enjoy the soup as created in the recipe.

    1. Hi Soumi – Sure, you can add chopped spinach after pressure cooking and before adding the cornstarch to the soup. Hope you enjoy it!

  1. Currently making this and looks amazing! Just made your dal makhani last night. Everything I have tried from you is a hit–I have tried at least a dozen things. Can’t wait until you have a cookbook I will be your first sale!

  2. I have tried this soup today and I loved it . How easy it is using instantpot ?. Thank you Meeta for this recipe !! ?

    1. Hi Rajani – Love instant pot for soups and curries. So glad to hear you enjoyed the sweet corn soup!

  3. I’ve tried this soup today.. and it came out really tasty and loved by all my family ( especially 3yr and 2yr ) . Thanks for the recipe

    1. Hey Subbu – So glad to hear you all including the kids enjoyed the soup. Thank you for sharing back your review!

    1. Cornstarch is mainly to thicken the soup. You can cook potatoes with the corn and mash them to make the soup thick too. Hope you enjoy it!