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This is how I make a perfect Hollandaise sauce in the microwave to serve over eggs Benedict, salmon, or asparagus. I've tried several ways to make Hollandaise sauce; this method works every time and is very quick and easy.

Recipe Summary

5 mins
1 min
6 mins
2 servings

No eggs Benedict breakfast is complete without a creamy, delicious Hollandaise sauce. But sometimes you don't have the time or equipment to make Hollandaise sauce on the stove. That's where your microwave comes into play. 

This recipe shows you how to make Hollandaise sauce that only takes five minutes, and doesn't require a stove or blender. It's sure to be your new favorite way to make Hollandaise sauce!

What Is Hollandaise Sauce?

Hollandaise sauce is a warm, creamy emulsion that you typically find on Eggs Benedict or other breakfast/brunch foods. It's made with butter, egg yolks, and seasonings. It's known for its rich and tangy flavor.

Where Did Hollandaise Sauce Originate?

Hollandaise sauce's roots are quite unclear. The name itself is French and translates to "Holandic sauce," which some believe means it has Dutch origins. However, the first recipe was published in François Pierre La Varenne's French cookbook Le Cuisinier François in 1651.

Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients

You'll need five simple ingredients to make this microwave Hollandaise sauce:

Egg Yolks
You only need the egg yolks, so you can save the separated egg whites for a different recipe.

Slowly whisking in melted butter will give you the desired creamy texture.

Lemon juice adds the tang that we know and love in Hollandaise.

A pinch of salt will add a hint of flavor to the creamy sauce.

Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper adds a little heat.

How to Make Hollandaise Sauce

This quick and easy recipe only requires a few steps before you can enjoy the delicious sauce. You'll find the full recipe below, but he's what you can expect:

Whisk Eggs, Lemon Juice, and Seasonings

Whisk the first four ingredients until combined.

Melt the Butter

Melt your butter in the microwave, then slowly stream it into the egg mixture. Whisk vigorously while pouring to ensure the butter and eggs mix.

Heat the Sauce

Heat the sauce for a couple seconds in the microwave, whisk, and serve. 

How to Use Hollandaise Sauce

The most popular use for Hollandaise sauce is to serve it over eggs Benedict. But you can also use Hollandaise sauce for breakfast casseroles, salmon, asparagus, or any other time you want a savory indulgent sauce.

How to Store Hollandaise Sauce

Store leftover Hollandaise sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for up to three days — although it may not keep well and separate after a few hours. Hollandaise is best eaten the day-of. 

For best reheating results, incorporate leftover Hollandaise sauce into a new batch of Hollandaise. Or, reheat the sauce in a double boiler.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"After years of trying to find the perfect recipe, finally!! This is the easiest, most delicious one of all. Do not turn your back on it simply because it is microwaved, it's simply the best," raves marielissa622.

"This was so incredibly easy and good I am amazed. I loved it and made it as written and I got some nice, thick, delicious Hollandaise. But it was just so easy," according to Ree.

"This is a great recipe which is very good the way they suggest you use it. This time however, I added a tablespoon of mayo before melting the butter and whisked it together before the heating step. It added some great creaminess that was lacking from the initial version and held it together more when spooning it over my eggs," says Shauna Temple

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Beat egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a microwave-safe bowl until smooth. Slowly stream melted butter into the egg yolk mixture while whisking to incorporate.

  • Heat sauce in the microwave on medium for 15 to 20 seconds; whisk until well combined.


If the sauce separates after microwaving, add a splash of water and whisk until combined.

Nutrition Facts

257 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 1g; fat 27.4g; cholesterol 265.9mg; sodium 249mg. Full Nutrition