Follow these 5 SIMPLE steps to make an EASY Hollandaise Sauce you’ll LOVE! Homemade hollandaise sauce is rich, creamy, and only uses four ingredients.
Hollandaise sauce is a classic French sauce, but don’t let it scare you. Just follow our tips to make this easy Hollandaise sauce, and you’ll be enjoying it with fish, veggies and your favorite Eggs Benedict brunch!
What is Hollandaise Sauce?
Hollandaise sauce is one of the five “mother sauces” in French cuisine. It is an emulsion of butter, egg yolk, and lemon juice (or, sometimes, vinegar), seasoned with salt, pepper or cayenne.
What is in Hollandaise Sauce?
Our recipe for easy Hollandaise sauce uses just a few ingredients:
- Egg yolks
- Lemon juice
- Cayenne pepper
If you prefer, you can use white pepper rather than cayenne pepper. Some recipes also add a little salt, according to taste. Personally, I recommend adding these to the finished dish you serve the sauce with, depending on what works best.
You can also add in a little Dijon mustard to help the sauce emulsify (plus, it adds a great flavor), but only use a very small amount so it doesn’t dominate the flavor.
How to make Easy Hollandaise Sauce
Follow these simple steps to make an easy Hollandaise sauce you’ll love:
- Whisk together the egg yolk and lemon juice in a heatproof bowl.
- Separately, melt the butter (either in a small pan or in the microwave).
- Put the bowl with the egg mixture over a pan of simmering water, but without the water touching the bowl itself – you just want the steam to heat it.
- Whisk the melted butter into the egg and lemon mixture and stir gently over the warm water to thicken slightly.
- Add the cayenne pepper, mix in and serve.
Is Hollandaise Sauce safe to eat?
Eggs in an emulsion like this are not as safe as fully cooked eggs, but they are partially cooked, and so are considered relatively safe.
They are similar to an egg with a runny yolk, so if you would be comfortable with that, it’s much the same.
Can you make Hollandaise Sauce in advance?
It is best to use Hollandaise sauce right away, as the sauce can either separate or form a skin if it is left for later.
However, it is possible to keep this easy Hollandaise sauce warm and either chill or freeze and reheat.
How long does Hollandaise Sauce keep?
The general view is that you can keep Hollandaise sauce warm for up to about an hour. You can do this by keeping it over the warm water you used to make it, just off the heat. If it becomes too thick, whisk in some warm water.
If you want to keep it longer, you can refrigerate within 2 hours of making it and use within 1-2 days. You can freeze it, but it is best to use relatively soon, then defrost in the refrigerator before using.
How do you reheat Hollandaise Sauce?
If reheating Hollandaise sauce, make sure you use low heat, otherwise, the sauce will separate. You can either use the same method you used to make the sauce originally, in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, or the microwave.
If you use the microwave, it must be heated on low power – around 20% – and for about 15 seconds. Whisk and check the temperature after heating.
Uses for Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise sauce is most famously used for Eggs Benedict and its many variations, but it can also be used for many other dishes.
It goes really well with salmon, particularly poached, as well as other light and mellow fish or seafood like crab. Hollandaise sauce also works well with many vegetables like asparagus and broccoli, particularly if they are steamed.
This easy Hollandaise sauce comes together in no time and is a great way to elevate your brunch, main dishes, and sides. Try some soon, and you’ll be using it with everything!
Looking for other versatile sauce recipes you can make at home? Try some of these:
- Learn how to make Alfredo Sauce – the classic Italian cheese sauce
- Chermoula Sauce – a North African sauce using herbs, lemon, and cumin
- Peri Peri Sauce Recipe – add some heat with this bright Portuguese and South African chili sauce
- Chimichurri Sauce – this South American sauce has herbs, garlic, and a little heat, especially good with grilled meats and veg.
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Follow these 5 SIMPLE steps to make an EASY Hollandaise Sauce you'll LOVE! Homemade hollandaise sauce is rich, creamy, and only uses four ingredients.
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (4 tbsp)
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
Whisk together the egg yolk and lemon juice in a heatproof bowl.
Separately, melt the butter (either in a small pan or in the microwave).
Put the bowl wth the yolks over a pan of simmering water, but without the water touching the bowl itself - you just want the steam to heat it.
Whisk the melted butter in to the egg and lemon mixture and stir gently over the warm water to thicken slightly.
Whisk in the cayenne and serve.