Easy Hollandaise Sauce

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Hollandaise sauce is creamy and delicious! Use it on top of some roasted vegetables or some eggs benedict and it makes the best breakfast! It’s SOO GOOD!

I love breakfast recipes!! Some of my favorites are this Breakfast Casserole, this Incredible Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake, or these yummy Breakfast Tacos!

Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise Sauce

Everyone knows of hollandaise sauce, but have you ever tried making it at home? I admit it can be kinda tricky to do it the traditional way (using a double boiler and a lot of elbow grease)! So, I wanted to make a simple method using a stick/immersion blender! Basically, you slowly pour the butter in as the blender’s motor is running, and that plus the egg yolk creates an emulsion. It’s very similar to preparing homemade mayo! Pretty magical, really!

When you use a blender like this, it creates the perfect texture! And the flavor is SO good. It looks super fancy but it’s so simple and quick. Feel free to adjust the lemon juice, salt, and pepper quantities at the end to achieve the perfect flavor for your taste buds! Put this on this Grilled Asparagus or this Eggs Benedict and then you will want to put it on EVERYTHING!

Ingredients to Make This Easy Hollandaise Sauce

This recipe only uses FIVE ingredients! It doesn’t get much easier than that! See the recipe card below for a list of exact ingredient measurements.

  • Egg yolks: This is the base of this sauce and what creates that creamy, yellow color!
  • Lemon juice: This can be from a fresh lemon or a bottle. Whichever you have on hand will work!
  • Butter: Try and make sure that your butter is at room temperature! This will help it mix in and not have any lumps.
  • Salt: The salt will enhance all of the other flavors!
  • Cayenne pepper: Use just a pinch of this and the flavor will blow you away!

How to Make Hollandaise Sauce

This only takes about 5 minutes to put together so you will be eating it in no time! It’s so delicious!

  1. Melt the butter: Melt the butter. I do this in a measuring cup in the microwave. You can also do it in a small saucepan.
  2. Separate yolks: Separate the egg yolks and add them to a container that just fits the head of the immersion blender (use the blending cup your immersion blender may have come with or a mason jar).
  3. Combine everything but the butter: Add the lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper to the container. Position the immersion blender in the container.
  4. Slowly add the butter and blend: Slowly stream in the butter while constantly blending. Make sure to gently move the blender up/down/around to ensure even blending. This should take around 30 seconds – 1 minute.
  5. Serve warm: Give it a quick taste and add more salt/pepper/lemon if necessary. Serve the sauce warm.

Hollandaise in a blender

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few ways to make your hollandaise sauce turn out perfectly!

  • Can I make hollandaise with a regular blender? I first tried making this recipe in my blender, and it can be done but needs some tweaks. If you do have a large blender then I recommend doubling the recipe. There simply wasn’t enough in the blender for it to reach the blades the first time I attempted this. It would work in a smaller blender. Just drizzle the butter in the same way with the motor running.
  • How do I separate the eggs? Place two small bowls in front of you – one for the yolks and one for the whites. Crack the egg carefully and transfer the yolk between the two sides of the eggshell until the whites are separated out. If the yolk falls into the bowl with the whites, simply use the half shell to pick it up and put it in the correct bowl. You can use the egg whites for other purposes (like an omelette!).
  • Room temperature ingredients: If you set your eggs out a bit before you plan on making this, that will help so much! They will blend better and it’s easier to get a smooth base.
  • Melting the butter: Be careful that the butter isn’t boiling – that will scramble the eggs. I like to melt the butter first and let it sit a bit while I do the other prep. You want it to be hot but not scalding.
  • Thick sauce: If your sauce is too thick then you can add more lemon juice or a little water.
  • Raw egg yolks: If you’re worried about eating raw egg yolks then you can buy pasteurized eggs!

How to Reheat Hollandaise Sauce

Gently reheat it in the microwave in short intervals (like 10-15 seconds) and stir in between.

Easy Hollandaise Sauce

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Hollandaise sauce is creamy and delicious! Use it on top of some roasted vegetables or some eggs benedict and it makes the best breakfast! It's SOO GOOD! 
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Natasha Bull
Servings: 6

Ingredients
  

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Melt the butter. I do this in a measuring cup in the microwave. You can also do it in a small saucepan.
  • Separate the egg yolks and add them to a container that just fits the head of the immersion blender (use the blending cup your immersion blender may have come with or a mason jar).
  • Add the lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper to the container. Position the immersion blender in the container.
  • Slowly stream in the butter while constantly blending. Make sure to gently move the blender up/down/around to ensure even blending. This should take around 30 seconds – 1 minute.
  • Give it a quick taste and add more salt/pepper/lemon if necessary. Serve the sauce warm.

Notes

  • Makes about 1 cup (feeds approximately 6 people but will depend on how much people eat).
  • If you’re worried about eating raw egg yolks, buy pasteurized eggs. The hot butter will cook the eggs a bit (but we don’t want it too hot or they will scramble). 
  • Please see blog post for more tips/tricks on how to successfully make this sauce!

Nutrition

Serves: 6

Calories163kcal (8%)Carbohydrates1gProtein2g (4%)Fat18g (28%)Saturated Fat11g (55%)Cholesterol133mg (44%)Sodium236mg (10%)Potassium9mgSugar1g (1%)Vitamin A595IU (12%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium16mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Keyword blender hollandaise sauce, easy hollandaise sauce
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Natasha Bull is the blogger behind Salt & Lavender. She loves to share quick, easy, and delicious dinner recipes. When she’s not in the kitchen, Natasha enjoys traveling to warmer climates (she calls Canada home).

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