Chef John's Butterless Bearnaise Sauce


This is a really quick, easy, nice sauce for steak that has no butter. Did I mention it has no butter? Just a few minutes of preparation and onto the steak it goes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • 2 egg yolks

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 2 teaspoons tarragon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon tarragon vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon water

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Whisk egg yolks, black pepper, tarragon Dijon mustard, tarragon vinegar, water, and salt in a metal mixing bowl or small saucepan. Place over low heat and whisk until mixture foams, small wisps of steam appear from the sauce, and sauce is hot and thick, 1 to 2 minutes. Raise and lower the pan over the heat to increase or reduce heat.

  2. Remove from heat and whisk a few more seconds to make sauce slightly fluffy. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

If you want to go the extra step and put some fresh tarragon or chopped shallot in this, sure! Go ahead! If you can't get tarragon vinegar, use white wine vinegar instead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

30 Calories
2g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 12mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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