Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict is a breakfast favorite! An English muffin is topped with Canadian bacon, a poached egg, and then drizzled with buttery hollandaise sauce. Your next brunch needs this!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this Eggs Benedict is one you’re sure to enjoy. This decadent dish can be found at any breakfast diner but you can also make it right at home. For more classic breakfast dishes, try Biscuits and Gravy, The Best Quiche, and Belgian Waffles.

Eggs Benedict on a plate with the the hollandaise sauce dropping off the poached eggs.

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict requires a little bit of work and planning since there are various layers to this open faced sandwich but they are worth it! The combination of the buttered English muffin, savory Canadian bacon, runny poached egg, and smooth buttery hollandaise sauce is just incredible. You will not be disappointed!

Top view of cutting into a poached egg on an English muffin.

How to Make Eggs Benedict:

  • Toast English muffins until golden and then spread with butter.
  • Layer on the Canadian bacon, poached egg, and then pour hollandaise sauce over the top.
  • Garnish with paprika and parsley.

How to Poach Eggs:

  • Place a small sieve over a bowl and crack an egg into it to get rid of the watery egg white. Place the egg into a small dish. Repeat with remaining eggs.
  • Fill a medium size pot with 3-4 inches of water and bring to a simmer. When a few bubbles start to form on the bottom of the pan (it should never boil), reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Stir in the vinegar and create a vortex. 
  • Holding the dish close to the center of the vortex, quickly pour the egg in and cook for 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel. Repeat with remaining eggs.

Hollandaise sauce in a small white dish.

How to make Hollandaise Sauce: 

  • Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat until it starts to foam.
  • Place egg yolks and 1 teaspoon water in a blender and start mixing on low. Slowly stream in the melted butter while mixing and continue to mix until combined.
  • Mix in the lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and salt & pepper. Pour into a bowl and lay plastic wrap over the surface of the sauce (so it doesn’t form a skin) and set it aside.

Two Eggs Benedict on a plate with hollandaise dripping off of them.

What are some Eggs Benedict Variations?

Once you’ve got this traditional version down, make modifications by adding things like slice avocado, greens, or tomato to your open face sandwich. 

You can also swap out the Candaian bacon for another protein like thick cut bacon or salmon.

What to serve with Eggs Benedict?

Eggs Benedict are great served with any breakfast side like hash browns, roasted potatoes, steamed asparagus, or tomatoes.

Egg Benedict on a plate being cut into with a fork.

How to Store Hollandaise Sauce:

Pour leftover sauce in an airtight container and place in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Looking For More Egg Recipes? Enjoy These:

A poached egg on an English muffin.

Eggs Benedict

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Melanie Dueck
Servings 2

Eggs Benedict is a breakfast favorite! An English muffin is topped with Canadian bacon, a poached egg, and then drizzled with buttery hollandaise sauce. Your next brunch needs this!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Eggs Benedict

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 large egg yolks

For the Poached Eggs:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

For Assembling:

  • 2 English muffins split in half
  • 4 slices Canadian bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Italian Parsley chopped
  • paprika for garnish

Instructions

For the Hollandaise:

  1. Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat until it starts to foam.

  2. Place egg yolks and 1 teaspoon water in a blender and start mixing on low. Slowly stream in the heavy whipping cream while mixing and continue to mix until combined.

  3. Mix in the lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and salt & pepper. Pour into a bowl and lay plastic wrap over the surface of the sauce and set it aside.

For the Poached Eggs:

  1. Place a small sieve over a bowl and crack an egg into it to get rid of the watery egg white. Place the egg into a small dish. Repeat with remaining eggs.
  2. Fill a medium size pot with 3-4 inches of water and bring to a simmer. When a few bubbles start to form on the bottom of the pan, reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Stir in the vinegar and create a vortex. Holding the dish close to the center of the vortex, quickly pour the egg in and cook 3 minutes.
  4. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel. Repeat with remaining eggs.

For the English Muffins:

  1. Toast the English muffins in the toaster or under the broiler until golden. Spread with butter

For the Canadian bacon:

  1. Cook Canadian bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes per side until browned.

For Assembling:

  1. Place Canadian bacon on toasted English muffins. Add the egg and then pour the Hollandaise sauce over the top. Garnish with paprika and parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Eggs Benedict
Amount Per Serving
Calories 744 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 28g140%
Cholesterol 745mg248%
Sodium 977mg41%
Potassium 422mg12%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 2019IU40%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Melanie Dueck

Melanie is the cook and photographer behind the blog Garnish & Glaze. When she’s not playing princesses with her two little girls, she’s experimenting in the kitchen. She takes simple ingredients and creates everything from healthy dinners to indulgent desserts.

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    1. Sorry just updated it. It should say, Place egg yolks and 1 teaspoon water in a blender and start mixing on low. Slowly stream in the heavy whipping cream while mixing and continue to mix until combined.

  1. 5 stars
    A simpler, less messy way to poach eggs is to cut squares of Saran wrap. Butter the center of the squares lightly. Drop one or two egg in the center of each square, Twirl the four edges together. Left each pouch and submerged in almost boiling water. Timing is based on egg size. We use only Jumbos and they take about 4-5 minutes. Pull them all put together (o let some remain in longer for those who want more ell-done egg).

    Another advantage–the cooked eggs have flat bottoms and tend to sit on the ham better.

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