Rich Hollandaise Sauce


This is the classic way to make Hollandaise that I learned in culinary school. It is so much less intimidating now. Once the technique is mastered, it's a great tool to have on hand to transform and elevate many dishes at home. Serve over eggs Benedict or simple poached eggs and toast. Also great with steamed asparagus or broccoli.

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


  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Fill a small pot with water to a depth of 2 inches; bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  2. Whisk egg yolks and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a medium heatproof bowl until well combined and smooth. Set bowl over the simmering water and whisk constantly, moving bowl on and off heat occasionally, until thickened, light yellow, and doubled in volume. The mixture should "ribbon" slightly when a whisk comes in and out. Remove from heat.

  3. Drizzle melted butter into the egg mixture, a few drops at a time, whisking constantly. Add remaining lemon juice in 2 batches as mixture thickens. Whisk constantly until all butter is incorporated. Whisk in salt and cayenne pepper. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

If the butter is added too fast, the sauce will separate and be too oily.

If sauce needs to be thinned out, use up to 1 teaspoon additional lemon juice or water. If the sauce seizes up or gets too cold, it can be placed over a double boiler for just a few seconds while whisking constantly to reach the desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

205 Calories
22g Fat
1g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 205
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 168mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 21mg 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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