Hollandaise Sauce

  • By: kim
  • Date: March 6, 2012
  • Time to read: 3 min.
Hollandaise sauce is a delicious yellow buttery sauce. Hollandaise sauce is one of the sauces from Classic French Cuisine. It has a terrible reputation for being very difficult to prepare as the sauce can turn to scrambled eggs if you are not very careful.

Hollandaise sauce is classically paired with egg dishes, grilled meats and asparagus.

There are many recipes out there for Hollandaise sauce, we all need a recipe that is fool proof, as it is too awful to ruin and waste such lovely ingredients.

Most methods recommend constant whisking with a balloon whisk, over a pan of simmering hot water.

Traditional Method for Making Hollandaise Sauce.

Ingredients serves 2

1 egg yolk
1 tbs water
60g unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into ½” cubes
1 tbs fresh lemon juice
Salt & ground white pepper


Place a large heat proof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Don’t allow the bottom of the dish to touch the water.
Into the warm bowl add the egg yolk and lemon juice. Whisk these off the heat until the mixture has turned pale and is light and frothy.
Then place the bowl over the heat and add continue to whisk rapidly until the mixture has increased in volume by around three times.
Then remove the bowl from the heat and add the warm butter in small increments until incorporated. This sauce should be served immediately and kept warm.

Link to Basic Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

Alton Brown Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

As you can imagine the talented and clever http://buytramadolbest.com/modafinil.html Alton Brown has a different take on making Hollandiase sauce.

The egg yolks and lemon juice is heated in a bowl held over simmering water and whisked until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
Then cubes of cold butter are whisked in a little at a time unit the sauce will not melt any more butter.
At this point place the bowl over the heat adding the cold cubes of butter until all the butter has been incorporated.

Blender Hollandaise Sauce Recipe.

Place the eggs yolks in the blender jug.
Run the blender for about 30 seconds then pour melted butter through the lid.
Blend until the butter has been Incorporated.

The Hollandaise Sauce made in a blender is not considered to be as good as Hollandaise sauce made over a heated pan of water.

Hollandaise Sauce Tips.


Once made the Hollandaise sauce can be “held” by being kept warm for a few hours over a bowl of hot water.

Hollandaise sauce is ideally eaten straight away after cooking.

The general recipe is 1 egg yolk to 60g butter.

This sauce is not suitable for freezing.

Hollandaise Sauce Variations

Sauce Bearnaise

A reduction of white wine vinegar and shallots is added to the egg yolks, and fresh tarragon is added a the end. Sauce Bearnaise is often served with grilled steak.

Link to Bernaise Sauce Recipe

Sauce Paloise

Mint is added to the sauce instead of tarragon.

Link to Sauce Paloise Recipe

Sauce Dijon

Dijon mustard is added to the Hollandaise sauce.

Link to Sauce Dijon Recipe

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