Foolproof Hollandaise

Foolproof HollandaiseRecipe
Photo: James Carrier

Notes: This method produces a bacteria-safe sauce. However, if sauce gets too hot, it may separate. To bring back together, put 2 tablespoons water in a blender or bowl. With motor running or while whisking, add the separated sauce in a slow, steady stream.

Makes 2 1/4 cups; 6 servings


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1 1/2 cups (3/4 lb.) butter or margarine, cut into chunks
6 large egg yolks
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


1. In a microwave-safe 2-cup glass measure in a microwave oven at full power (100%), or in a 1- to 2-quart pan over medium-high heat, melt butter until bubbling.

2. Meanwhile, in the bottom of a double boiler or in a 2- to 3-quart pan, bring 1 inch water to a simmer over high heat; adjust heat to maintain simmer.

3. Put yolks, lemon juice, and mustard in the top of the double boiler or in a round-bottomed bowl (about 2 qt.). Nest the container over simmering water and whisk to blend.

4. Whisking, add butter in a slow, steady stream, taking about 1 1/2 minutes. Whisk until sauce reaches 140°; adjust heat to maintain temperature (remove from simmering water if necessary) and continue to whisk for 3 minutes. Immediately remove from simmering water. Serve hollandaise hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Created date

May 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 473
Caloriesfromfat 97 %
Protein 3.3 g
Fat 51 g
Satfat 30 g
Carbohydrate 1 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Sodium 598 mg
Cholesterol 337 mg