Easy Bearnaise Sauce


This Bearnaise sauce recipe is a deliciously creamy herb sauce that's so simple to make in the microwave. If you do not have a microwave, place your bowl over a pan of simmering water to heat it gently. This excellent German recipe for Bearnaise sauce is great on steaks, chicken, vegetables, and fish.

close up on a bowl of bearnaise sauce with a spoonful coming out
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 mins
Total Time:
12 mins
1/2 cup


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 large egg yolks, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon minced onion

  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch dry mustard

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make bearnaise sauce.

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  2. Place butter in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Cook in the microwave on high until melted, about 30 seconds. Whisk in egg yolks, heavy cream, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, and onion. Season with tarragon, parsley, salt, mustard powder, and cayenne pepper; mix well.

    Place ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and mix.

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  3. Continue cooking in the microwave, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds, until thickened, about 1 1/2 minutes.

    Microwave and continue stirring until thickened.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

158 Calories
17g Fat
1g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 158
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 37mg 1%

* 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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