Yield
Makes 2 1/4 cups; 6 servings
Photo: James Carrier

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

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