How to make Hollandaise sauce

Hollandaise is a delicious but fickle French sauce that can be pretty intimidating to new cooks.  Here is a recipe as well as some tips and tricks for making foolproof Hollandaise sauce, each and every time!


Hollandaise sauce

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes

Yield: About 1 cup

Serving Size: 2 tbsp

Calories per serving: Delicious!

Hollandaise sauce

This rich, tangy sauce is a staple in French cooking and is delicious on eggs Benedict or poured over fresh, steamed vegetables . Once you have the technique mastered, you can add all sorts of amazing flavours to it like fresh herbs, hot sauce or dijon mustard. For step-by-step video instructions CLICK HERE


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, skimmed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste


  1. In a small saucepan, melt your butter.
  2. Use a spoon to skim excess milk solids from the top of the butter.
  3. Set melted butter aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, bring about one inch of water to a simmer on the stove. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Freshly squeeze half a lemon until you have 1 to 2 tbsp of juice.
  6. In a glass or stainless steel mixing bowl, add lemon juice and water to your egg yolks and whisk until the mixture turns a pale yellow colour, about 30 seconds.
  7. Place your bowl over the simmering water, ensuring that the water does not touch the bottom.
  8. Whisk the egg mixture constantly until it begins to thicken, about two minutes.
  9. Do NOT stop whisking the mixture once it's cover the heat as your egg yolks will scramble.
  10. Once the mixture has begun to thicken and is sticking to your whisk, add the melted butter.
  11. Continue to whisk constantly until your sauce has reached your desired thickness, usually about one minute.
  12. Carefully remove bowl from heat.
  13. Season with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of cayenne.
  14. Enjoy!!
  15. Notes:
  16. If your sauce begins to thicken, whisk in a little warm water until it returns to the right consistency.
  17. Hollandaise sauce does not keep well so it should be served within an hour of making it. Discard any unused portions.
  18. To minimize the risk of food-borne illness, use pasteurized eggs.

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