Our Classic Hollandaise Sauce Recipe: A Breakfast Game-Changer

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Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

Have you been looking for the perfect Hollandaise sauce recipe? Well you have come to the right place!

 The classic Hollandaise sauce, a staple in many breakfast dishes, especially the beloved Eggs Benedict. 

While many of us enjoy this creamy, buttery sauce at our favorite brunch spots, have you ever considered making it at home?

The origins of the Hollandaise sauce can be traced back to France, and it has since become a global favorite. Its rich, tangy flavor complements a variety of dishes, from vegetables to seafood. 

And while it might seem daunting to prepare, with the right equipment, technique, and a bit of patience, you can master this sauce in your own kitchen.

Once you have mastered this culinary skills test why not try our classic Cheese sauce recipe?

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt


  • Large Mixing Bowl- Buy Here
  • Whisk
  • Saucepan (for creating a double boiler) – Buy Here
  • Measuring spoons – Buy Here
  • Heat-resistant spatula


  1. In a stainless-steel bowl, whisk together egg yolks and lemon juice until thickened and doubled in volume.
  2. Place the bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double boiler). The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Continue to whisk rapidly, ensuring the eggs don’t get too hot or they will scramble.
  4. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume.
  5. Remove from heat, whisk in cayenne and salt. Cover and place in a warm spot until ready to use. If the sauce gets too thick, you can whisk in a few drops of warm water before serving.

FAQ's on Hollandaise Sauce

What is Hollandaise sauce made of?

Hollandaise sauce is an emulsion of egg yolk, melted butter, and lemon juice. It’s seasoned with a bit of cayenne and salt.

Can I store leftover Hollandaise sauce?

While it’s best served fresh, you can store leftover Hollandaise sauce in the refrigerator for a day. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking constantly to prevent it from curdling.

How can I fix a broken Hollandaise sauce?

If your Hollandaise sauce separates or “breaks,” don’t panic! There are a couple of ways to salvage it. One method is to whisk in a teaspoon of cold water until the sauce comes back together. If that doesn’t work, you can start with a fresh egg yolk in a new bowl, whisk it until it becomes frothy, and then slowly whisk in the broken sauce. This should help emulsify the sauce back to its creamy consistency.

Can I flavor my Hollandaise sauce differently?

Absolutely! While the classic Hollandaise sauce is delightful on its own, you can experiment with various flavors. Consider adding finely chopped fresh herbs like dill, tarragon, or chives. For a spicy kick, a dash of hot sauce or some chipotle can be incorporated. If you’re serving it with seafood, a bit of grated lemon or orange zest can elevate the sauce even further.