vegetarian sweet corn soup recipe

Vegetarian Sweet Corn Soup Recipe

Sweet corn soup is a classic vegetarian item that can be prepared very easily and tastes delicious. Sweet corn soup is full of insoluble fiber, vitamins, and essential minerals which makes it an ideal vegetarian dish.

Sweet corn soup is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients to be put together. Anyone can make sweet corn soup at home by following some simple instructions with common cooking skills.

You can use this recipe to make corn soup with canned corn or corncobs. Corncobs give a better taste to the soup because of its fresh flavor and texture but you can use canned corn if you wish to save time or just not in the right season.


Here is the list of ingredients for making sweet and delicious Vegetarian Corn Soup.

  • Sweet and ripe corn. You can use canned sweet corn. This recipe will need two cans of sweet corn. You can also get corn cobs. For this recipe, you will need two large sweet corn cobs.
  • Onion/green onions/shallots- Half of a large onion will work for this recipe. Use 3-4 green onions or 2-3 shallots if you are not using regular onions.
  • Garlic- 2-3 cloves
  • Salt, as needed
  • Black pepper, as needed
  • Vegetable stock- 2 cups
  • Cornstarch or cornflour- 2 teaspoons
  • Vegetable oil- 2 tablespoons
vegetarian sweet corn soup recipe ingredients

Cooking Process

The entire cooking process can be divided into four parts which are boiling the corn, blending the corn, preparing other ingredients, and combining everything to make the soup.

Boiling the Corn

The first step towards making the best sweet corn soup starts with boiling your own sweet corn. Use American sweet corn or regular corn but make sure that the kernels are tender, ripe, and juicy. Sweet corn that is perfect for making soups is noticeably more yellow than other corn.

Here are the steps to boil corn cobs.

Step 1

Put two cups of water in a pan or a pot. Put the pot on high heat to bring the water to a boil.

Step 2

Place a steamer pan on the pot and place halved or quartered corn cobs on the streamer plate.

Step 3

Turn down the heat to medium-low and steam the corn for 8-10 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the corn cobs from the pot with tongs and place them on a plate. Let them cool down and come to room temperature. Use a knife to cut off the kernels from the cob. The knife should cut the kernels easily if they are boiled properly.

boiling the corn for soup

Blending the Corn

The next process is blending the corn into a thick creamy paste that will help to enhance the overall flavor of the soup. Start with this step if you are using canned corn. Here are the steps to blend the sweet corn.

Keep two tablespoons of the boiled corn to add to the soup later.

Step 1

Take the steamed or boiled corn kernels and put them in a blender.

Step 2

Add at least three tablespoons of water or as much as is needed.

Step 3

Blend on high speed till the kernels and water produce a smooth and creamy paste.

Step 4

Scoop the blended corn from the blender and put it in a bowl.

blending the corn for soup

Preparing Other Ingredients

At this stage, you should also get all the other ingredients ready as well. Chop the onion, green onion, or shallots into thin slices. You can make your own vegetable broth with just a few ingredients but if you do not have the time or willingness, you can just buy it from a supermarket.

Making the Soup

Here are the steps to complete the preparation of sweet corn soup

Step 1

Put a pot or pan on the stove and put it on medium heat. Add two tablespoons of neutral-tasting vegetable oil like canola oil or soybean oil to the pan.

Step 2

Add the onion, green onions, or shallots to the oil and stir till they bring out the aromatics. You do not need to get any colors from them, just becoming translucent is enough. Add the garlic slices as well and keep on stirring.

Step 3

Turn down the heat to low and add the blended corn to the pot. Keep stirring to get the flavors to spread.

Step 4

Add two cups of vegetable stock into the pot when most of the water from the corn paste has evaporated. Keep stirring to avoid the cooking from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Step 5

Keep the heat on low to medium and bring the soup to a boil. Stir occasionally to avoid anything clumping and sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Step 6

Add salt and pepper to taste and also add the boiled corn that you kept earlier. Mix everything well by stirring vigorously.

Step 7

Simmer everything for two to three minutes on low heat.

Step 8

Mix two teaspoons of cornstarch with three tablespoons of water to make the cornstarch slurry. This will help to thicken the corn soup. Add this mixture to the soup and stir for another 2-3 minutes.

Step 9

Turn off the heat and serve the soup in a bowl with coriander leaves or your choice of garnish.

how to make vegetarian sweet corn soup


You can add more vegetable broth or water to decrease the thickness of your soup. Thickness depends on your preferences.

You can also add other vegetables that are readily available or in season such as carrots, beans, and cauliflower. Make sure that the vegetables that you are going to add are washed and cut properly before adding them.

Vegetarian soups can include milk and butter so you can add these ingredients to increase the richness and taste of the soup but you cannot add these if you are making a vegan-friendly soup.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Use Instead of Vegetable Broth for the Corn Soup?

You can use the water you used to boil the corn cobs, regular water, cream, and milk instead of using vegetable broth in your corn soup. All of these ingredients will go well with the corn soup.

How to Tell When the Corn Is Done?

The corn kernels will look way more yellow, feel firmer, and taste soft and juicy when it is done getting boiled.

How Long Does It Take for Corn to Get Boiled?

It takes about 8-10 minutes for corn to get boiled properly in steam and about 6-8 minutes in boiling water.

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