Hollandaise Sauce

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Hollandaise sauce is a classic creamy sauce that’s perfect for breakfast or brunch! This recipe is easy and no-fail. It takes just 5 minutes in a blender. Drizzle it on top of poached eggs, eggs Benedict, vegetables or several other recipes for a delicious finishing touch.

Hollandaise sauce in a small grey bowl.

If you’ve had eggs Benedict before, you’ve probably encountered this rich and buttery sauce. It’s got the creamiest consistency and its flavors meld beautifully with ingredients such as eggs, asparagus, or salmon.

While this sauce may seem a bit on the fancy side, it’s actually very easy to make! But like many other emulsions, the fear that it will separate or not come together can be a bit nerve wracking. So today, I’ll walk you through the step by step on how to make perfect homemade hollandaise sauce.

How To Make Hollandaise Sauce

To make this recipe, simply heat up some butter (and it needs to be hot!) and stream it into the blended egg yolk mixture to create a velvety smooth sauce.

  1. Melt the butter in a microwave for about 1 minute until hot.
  2. Combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, dijon, salt and cayenne pepper into a high powered blender and blend for 5 seconds.
  3. Slowly stream in the hot butter into the mixture as the blender is running.
  4. Pour the sauce into a small bowl and drizzle over your meal!

Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients

All you’ll need for this sauce are six ingredients. And you probably have them in your fridge and pantry already.

  • Egg Yolks –  3 eggs
  • Lemon Juice –  1 tablespoon
  • Dijon –  1 teaspoon
  • Salt –  1/4 teaspoon
  • Cayenne Pepper – just a pinch
  • Butter-  1/2 cup of melted butter

Hollandaise sauce ingredients in a blender.

How To Fix Broken Hollandaise Sauce

The key to getting the consistency right all comes down to the hot melted butter. This recipe emulsifies butter into an egg yolk and lemon juice mixture. So you want to make sure you’re streaming in butter that’s hot enough (just melted won’t do).

But in the case that your sauce does break and becomes a speckled mess, don’t fret. Below are two methods to try that will help bring your sauce back to life.

  • Blend 1-2 tablespoons of boiling hot water: As you’re blending, slowly add in the hot water and blend until the consistency is right.
  • Add an extra egg yolk: While the blender is on, add an extra egg yolk with a teaspoon of hot water into the blender and blend until it becomes perfectly creamy.

Can You Use an Immersion Blender?

Yes, absolutely! If you have an immersion blender, add all of the ingredients except the hot butter. Turn the blender on (with it firmly planted on the bottom of the cup or jar) and slowly drizzle in the butter. It will start to emulsify and once you’ve poured in all the butter you’re done!

Making hollandaise sauce in a blender.

How To Store And Reheat Hollandaise Sauce

While this sauce is best served fresh, you do have the option of reheating it. But keep in mind that there could be a chance where your eggs will cook up a bit. So here are two options for reheating – just be cautious!

  • Microwave: Place the hollandaise sauce in a glass bowl, and microwave it in 15 second increments. Repeat this process until your sauce is fully warmed up.
  • Stove Top: Pour the hollandaise sauce into a pan over low heat. Add in a smidge of melted butter and water to re-emulsify and give it a smooth texture. Once it’s warmed up, pour the sauce back into a serving bowl.

Hollandaise sauce dripping off a spoon.

More Classic Sauce Recipes

If you thought this recipe was simple, you won’t believe how easy it is make these other sauces. So skip the store-bought jars and opt to make fresh, homemade versions.

Whip any of these up and you can get creative with recipes such as my sweet potato gnocchi with pesto or parsnip noodle chicken alfredo!

Hollandaise sauce dripping off a spoon.

Hollandaise Sauce (Easy & No-Fail)

4.89 from 500 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

Hollandaise sauce is a classic creamy sauce that's perfect for brunch and comes together with 5 simple ingredients. It's easy and foolproof in a blender! Watch the video above to see how I make it.

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Ingredients 
 

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice , or more as desired for flavor
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or ghee, or more for a thinner consistency, melted and hot

Instructions 

  • Melt the butter in a microwave (make sure it's covered as it will splatter) for about 1 minute, until it's hot. Alternatively, you could heat it on the stove.
  • Add the egg yolks, lemon juice, dijon, salt and cayenne pepper into a high powered blender and blend for 5 seconds until combined.
  • With the blender running on medium high, slowly stream in the hot butter into the mixture until it's emulsified.
  • Pour the hollandaise sauce into a small bowl and serve while warm.

Lisa's Tips

  • I mention this above, but just to reiterate... your butter needs to be hot, not just melted. The recipe will not emulsify with luke warm butter.
  • If you'd like more sauce, just add another yolk and up to another 1/2 cup of melted butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 369mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 904IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: hollandaise sauce, how to make hollandaise sauce
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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901 Comments

  1. This was fun and easy. I made it with 2/3 proportions and whisked by hand instead of using a blender.

    Mine started getting a bit thick while whisking over a double boiler (probably because my eggs were extra large), but I was able to thin it.

    I will probably reduce the lemon juice next time, but overall it tasted great on my eggs benny.4 stars

  2. Absolutely no fail! I used 4 egg yolks instead and upped the melted butter a little, kept in warm in a vacuum sealed single coffee carafe …used it for my eggs benny. Simply the best! Thank you❤️4 stars

  3. Easy to do I can’t taste things as I use to but husband said it’s great so into the recipe file it goes.5 stars

  4. Super easy recipe, I appreciate that, however too much lemon. I would decrease the lemon to 2 top.3 stars

  5. Thank you! So great. And as a chef, I appreciate the ease of this recipe. Cabt wait to serve it to friends and family.5 stars

  6. This is a wonderful recipe for hollandaise! It’s so simple and quick and I had all the ingredients on hand to make a great Eggs Benedict. It turned out perfectly! I will definitely use this again.5 stars

  7. I’m wondering if I could make this using a dairy free butter like oat butter or oil blend butter (coconut, palm fruit, canola, sunflower oil)?

    1. Hi Bethanie – while I haven’t tried that myself, I do think it should work. If you try it, let us know how it turns out!

  8. Just made last night for the 2nd time. We love it, and so simple! I do make an hour or so in advance, so do loosen it with a few tbl of hot water whilst whisking, and warm up on the hob whilst stirring a lot – but not too much or it would ‘cook’ too much. I whisk the eggs etc in a small thick based saucepan ( not non-stick so can use a hand blender as I don’t have a free standing blender I can pour things into as it whisks), then pour the hot butter onto it whilst whisking. It’s then ready to be loosened and warmed up , ready to be poured over 4 portions of salmon, asparagus, broccoli and baby potatoes – delicious! Next time will use to make our favourite brunch – Eggs Benedict, which won’t need as much water to loosen as will want thick.5 stars

    1. Hi Sian – I’m so glad you’re loving this hollandaise sauce! It really is such a great sauce to serve over multiple things.

  9. Excellent recipe was thrilled that following the instructions the Hollandaise turned out beautifully.
    Thank you5 stars

  10. This was so easy and delicious had all the ingredients on hand & always loved this sauce over eggs, thank you.

  11. So good and so easy! I rarely comment on recipes, but I just wanted to thank you. I cook a lot but never tried making hollandaise sauce before. Game changer! Not sure our cholesterol will be too happy, but it was really delicious. We served it over a skillet hash brown that was topped with lump crab, eggs, cheddar, and green onions.5 stars

  12. How do you store hollandaise sauce?
    Can I put it in the freezer? Or just refrigerator? How long does it last?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Annabella – It’s best to serve this sauce fresh. But, you do have the option of reheating it after one day. I have microwave and stovetop reheating options written in the post :)

    2. Just made this one down to the exact ingredients and methods. The consistency turned out perfect, but it has a very heavy, oily buttery taste, more like a very greasy mayo that you would spread thin on bread rather than use as a sauce. Not for me unfortunately.3 stars

  13. I’m sorry but I followed this recipe to the letter. It was like drizzling melted butter over my poached eggs…no substance nor thickness in the least. 3 yolks isn’t nearly enough to thicken 1/2 cup of melted butter. Next time, it’s 1/2 the butter or else corn starch. And 1-1/2 to 2 times the lemon. Have you ever really tried to add liquid to an open topped blender? Egg yolks were flying everywhere.

    1. Hi Will – 3 egg yolks is plenty to emulsify the sauce. And when you’re adding liquid to the blender, you can turn the speed down, then turn it back up as soon as you have the lid back on. Or pour through the pour spout in the lid. ;)

  14. I’ve never made hollandaise before but a good friend loves eggs benedict so I looked for an easy recipe.
    Absolutely stunning. Easy to make and apparently – really good! Thank you Lisa 😊5 stars

  15. So easy and it was fabulous! I put it over roasted asparagus but we had extra and we drizzled it over our ribeye steak! I did add some very finely chopped onion to it. We LOVED IT! It’s a keeper! Thank you for sharing. 😊5 stars

  16. This is best hollandaise sauce ever!! So easy to make. My husband and I had eggs benedict for dinner, they were awesome. Thank you for the recipe!!5 stars

  17. Very easy and fast way to have a hollandaise, but the Dijon mustard ruined the flavor for my family. The majority of recipes I found didn’t include the Dijon, I should have paid more attention.

    Nothing wrong with using it, just a matter of preference, but for us this first try was not totally enjoyable.4 stars

  18. Fantastic recipe! I made an error the first time I made it and stupidly put it in the microwave to warm up a bit which pretty much ruined the sauce.

    The second time I made it, I cut the lemon juice in half and warmed the butter up more to ensure the sauce was hot after emulsifying. Everything turned out great and it was delicious over some poached eggs on a crumpet. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you for sharing.5 stars

    1. My first time making Hollandaise and I’m delighted with how easy it was to make with your recipe . The perfect accompaniment for pan fried salmon, asparagus and baby potatoes . Even some leftover for eggs Benedict tomorrow. Thank you5 stars

      1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Helen! Yes, drizzle this hollandaise sauce on all the things, haha. ;)

    1. While this sauce is best served fresh, you do have the option of reheating it. But keep in mind that there could be a chance that your eggs will cook up a bit. I have more instructions on how to reheat in the post!

    1. Hi Angie – While this sauce is best served fresh, you do have the option of reheating it (I have two ways written in the post). But keep in mind that there could be a chance that your eggs will cook up a bit.

    1. Hi Elisa – It works best with a high-speed blender, but others have successfully made this with an electric whisk as well.

    2. I made this once using an electric milk frother… it worked just fine (took longer, but definitely did the trick).

    3. I made mine with a hand whisk. I whisked the eggs, lemon, mustard and paprika and cayenne pepper together and let it come up to room temperature while I popped the butter in the oven to melt with the sweet potatoes roasting in a oven safe dish. Once the potatoes and steaks where done I whisked the egg yoks again in the bowl and drizzled the butter in the eggs slowly and had whisked like crazy. It thickens quickly and tasted amazing. I stored leftovers in a deli container and covered with wax paper so it does not get a crust. Next day made a double boiler and heated the mixture whisking while it warmed up. Again very tasty.5 stars

  19. I looked around for a hollandaise sauce packet at the store for an easy diy, fortunately, they didnt have it and I decided to make my own with your recipe. Id say this was easier and better and Im glad I didnt go that route. I had all the ingredients and it was delicious! Thank you!5 stars

  20. I’m sure there was nothing wrong with the recipe. I did follow the amounts listed. My sauce emulsified well. I didn’t like the flavour though. The lemon juice and mustard were too strong. Thanks for sharing. It’s not for me though.

  21. I’ve no doubt that this will be spectacular from all the comments . Can you estimate for me approximately how much this might make? A cup perhaps?
    Thank you!5 stars

      1. I’ve made this recipe countless times and never had a problem but today it’s failed twice! Its incredibly thin. I’ve tried to thicken it, but to no avail. My butter was hot! What could be the issue?4 stars

      2. It sounds like the sauce never properly emulsified. I have a few tips listed in the post above, on how to fix that. :)

    1. This was the worst hollandaise sauce I ever tasted. Texturally it came together just fine, but the flavor was awful. So acidic.1 star

      1. Hi Michelle – This is best served fresh, but you can try reheating after one day. I have instructions written in the post!

  22. Every Christmas we have eggs bennedict made from scratch, sourdough english muffins (PM), poached eggs from our own hens, free range ham and hollandaise sauce. The sauce usually curdles but not since we found this recipe – thank you very much.5 stars

    1. Really good hollandaise, mine came out a little too thin, probably my fault since I accidentally added at least 1 & 1/2 tblsp of lemon juice. It tasted fine since I like bold lemon flavors.5 stars