Fresh Corn Soup with Chili and Lime

Fresh Corn Soup with Chili and Lime ~ I can’t get enough fresh corn these days. I’m sure you can’t either. And we all know the best way to enjoy corn in season is right off the cob.

But let’s put our cards on the table: it’s not a pretty sight watching someone tuck into an ear of corn…they’ve always got the look of someone who hasn’t eaten in days. Their eyes roll back in their head, bobs and bits fly out in all directions and stick to random spots on their face. Butter dribbles down their chin. And let’s not forget all those barnyard grunting sounds. To make matters worse they spend the rest of the night picking at their teeth. Not pretty at all. It’s enough to try the sacred bonds of marriage. Just saying.

This soup is a nice change of pace and a lot more civilized. It’s very fresh, with lively hints of lime and red chili peppers.

Note~  You could also serve this soup chilled.

4.6 from 5 votes

Fresh Corn Soup with Chili and Lime

Fresh Corn Soup with Chili and Lime ~ I can't get enough fresh corn these days.  I'm sure you can't either.  And we all know the best way to enjoy corn in season is right off the cob.
Course Soup
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 Tbsp butter or olive oil for a vegan soup
  • 1/2 large yellow or white onion chopped
  • 4 ears corn kernels removed and cobs reserved
  • 3 red jalapeno peppers sliced (seeds and all)
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • half a can of coconut milk about 7 oz
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • In a soup pot melt the butter and saute the onion for a few minutes until translucent.
  • Add the corn and peppers to the pot and saute for a few more minutes.  Add 3 cups water and the corn cobs to the pot.  Bring to a boil and simmer for about 8 minutes.
  • Add lime, coconut milk, salt and pepper.
  • Remove the cobs and puree in a blender or a food processor, in batches, until smooth.
  • Return to the pot to reheat and check the seasonings.  Serve hot.
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    Fresh chili peppers
    February 13, 2013 at 6:28 am

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    July 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Your corn soup sounds great. Living in Maine and New Hampshire, the farm stands won’t have fresh corn for another few weeks at the earliest. I’ll definitely be trying your soup then.

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    July 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    We just had corn and clam chowder at a friend’s home last night and I’m craving it again today. This looks like it could become a favorite!

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    July 2, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Looks really yummy!

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    June 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    i’m pretty sure that fresh corn is my favorite summer crop. great soup!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    oh the coconut milk and the corn…it looks so creamy and rich – I would love this!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    June 30, 2012 at 12:54 am

    As soon as our corn comes in here in NE. I will be sure to give this one a try. Looks delish!

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    June 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    looks amazing! You’re making me so hungry!

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    June 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I am just going crazy for this incredible looking and sounding soup. Love that you used some coconut milk in…how fantastic! Wish I could have a cup of it for lunch today…guess I’ll definitely have to make it SOON! Thank you for this great recipe!

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    Debs @ The Spanish Wok
    June 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Sounds delicious.

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    Lea Ann (cooking on the Ranch)
    June 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Well heck, we won’t have corn here in Colorado for another month. Unless this heat speeds things up. This is a beautiful soup! Love that wedge of lime on the rim.

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook
    June 29, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Looks so good. Love corn soup, especially with chiles and lime. Delicious flavor.

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    June 29, 2012 at 3:24 am

    What a great flavor combo! Sounds like the perfect summer soup!

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    June 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Oh boy! Corn for everyone in all forms, for as long as possible! I love corn (obviously) and am super excited to try out this beautiful soup. 🙂

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    June 29, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Corn, lime, chili = match made in heaven.

    Trader Joe’s make a Habanero Lime salsa that I like a lot.

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    Ellen B Cookery
    June 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Great soup! Love the photos and presentation!

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    June 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Do you remove the cobs before you puree?

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      Sue/the view from great island
      June 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Good point—just updated!

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        karen marie
        February 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

        This part is still confusing. When I read “Remove the cobs and puree in a blender or a food processor,” I was thinking, “Man, that is going to totally blow the motor and ruin the blade on my Cuisinart to puree corn cobs.”

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    June 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    OK, this is booked in for Tuesday nights dinner but i don’t have a blender so we’ll be doing the kernel option.

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    June 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I love this idea! I’ve never had a fresh corn soup before, and I bet the addition of chile and lime makes it extra special.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    June 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I once watched an uncle eat a dozen ears of corn in one setting (fresh from the garden.) It wasn’t that bad to watch him but listening to him complain later was the worst of it! Haha – beautiful soup – absolutely gorgeous!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    June 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I love these ingredients – lime and coconut and corn – wonderful – lovely, lovely soup
    Mary x

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