Bearnaise Gramma's Recipe


This recipe is from my mom, and the best bearnaise I ever tasted. Although it is a fattening treat, it is worth every calorie! Best served over a good steak and really good on asparagus too! Or can be used instead of hollandaise on eggs Benedict. To keep warm, keep it in double boiler over hot water (removed from heat) until ready to serve.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
16 servings


  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallot

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 6 large egg yolks

  • 4 teaspoons hot water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 dash hot sauce

  • 1 cup melted butter


  1. Combine white wine, vinegar, shallot, tarragon, and black pepper together in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until mixture is reduced to about 1/4 cup, 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Whisk egg yolks, hot water, salt, and hot sauce together in a bowl until very well mixed, about 2 minutes.

  3. Pour white wine mixture into the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Whisk egg yolk mixture into wine mixture until well mixed. Pour butter into mixture and whisk until sauce is smooth and thickened, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

White wine vinegar can be used in place of rice vinegar. Green onions can be used in place of shallots.

You can also blend the egg yolk mixture in the blender for 1 minute instead of whisking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
13g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 232mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 20mg 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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