Hollandaise sauce

Hollandaise sauce
This sauce is quite similar to Béarnaise sauce, but with a light lemon flavour. It can be used hot, warm or cold on several things: vegetables, fish, eggs... Not easy to get right, like all "emulsified warm sauces" (Béarnaise, Hollandaise, etc.), but you will find all the tips you need here.
201,121 14.4/5 for 25 ratings
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Last modified on: July 25th 2019

For 200 g, you will need:

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Hollandaise sauce : Photo of step #1
Prepare a bain-marie and in the top bowl put 2 egg yolks, 3 tablespoons dry white wine, 1 pinch flour, salt and pepper.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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On the bain-marie, beat slowly the mix until...

Stage 3
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...first a simple mix...

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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...then getting a smooth and creamy mixture, which "sticks" to whisk when you remove it from the bowl.

Beat until sauce reaches this stage.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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As soon the "sticking" stage is reached, pour 130 g butter a little at a time into the mixture, while beating continuously.

Note: Instead of butter you can use clarified butter, which is easier for beginners.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
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When all the butter is added, finish by adding 2 tablespoons lemon juice, while still beating.

Taste to check seasoning, and if there is enough lemon. If not, add some more lemon juice, then beat a little more to mix thoroughly.

Stage 7
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Your Hollandaise sauce is ready, it can wait a short while, covered in the bain-marie, off the heat.


For these kind of "emulsified warm sauces" (so called by chefs) one wrong move and your sauce collapses. In other words you are proud of the nice emulsion that is forming under your whisk, and then in a second you have an ugly curdled butter mixture in the bottom of your bowl...

What's happened? Probably your sauce needed more water, in other words the very small volume of water eventually evaporates due to the heat and beating, and without this water your sauce collapses (same as your morale - have you noticed?).

What can I do? You can try to recover the sauce by removing bowl from bain-marie, add 2 tablespoons of cold water, and start to beat again. This is not a totally sure method, but it usually works.

For adding butter, you will find many different recipes all claiming to be the only one that works: cold butter, very cold, in small pieces, clarified, etc. At my opinion there is no real difference between them. I found the way with melted butter easier and faster.


Once cooked, a few minutes.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,142 Kcal or 4,781 Kj8 gr4 gr122 gr
57 %3 %<1 %18 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
466 Kcal or 1,951 Kj3 gr1 gr50 gr
23 %1 %<1 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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