Hollandaise Sauce on Spoon
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Hollandaise Sauce

Creamy, buttery Hollandaise sauce goes will with roasted vegetables, eggs or artichokes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Hollandaise Sauce
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 200kcal
Author: SmartyPantsKitchen


  • 1 lb butter melted
  • 3 egg yolks extra large or jumbo
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • lemon juice, salt, pepper, cayenne to taste


  • Soften butter on "reheat" mode in microwave; set aside (NOTE: fat solids will sink to the bottom of the bowl)
  • In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks, water and vinegar
  • Pour egg mixture into a saucepan on medium low heat
  • Stirring constantly, heat egg mixture until it becomes a bit thicker and begins to bubble around the edges (about 5 minutes)
    NOTE: if the eggs begin to cook, remove the saucepan from the heat and continue to stir
  • Transfer egg mixture to food processor
  • While food processor is pulsing continuously, gradually drizzle in the melted butter (NOTE: do not add fat solids to the eggs)
  • Once sauce has combined thoroughly, taste for lemon, salt, pepper and cayenne
  • Add lemon juice, salt, pepper and/or cayenne pepper to taste
  • Serve immediately


  • The traditional method for making Hollandaise sauce calls for clarified butter. Clarified butter is simply butter that has been cooked long enough for the fat solids to separate. Prior to microwaves, cooks would strain the fat solids off the top of the melted butter (a 45 minute process!)  Today, heating butter in the microwave results in the fat solids sinking to the bottom of the bowl in about 3 minutes!