Hollandaise sauce is a delicious and classic French sauce made with butter, egg yolks, lemon juice, and seasonings. In this article, I’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of making Hollandaise sauce properly, so you can enjoy this rich and flavorful sauce in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

1. How To Make Hollandaise Sauce


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and clarified
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper or hot sauce (optional)


Fill a small saucepan with an inch of water and bring it to a simmer over medium heat.

In a heatproof bowl that fits snugly over the saucepan, whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice until they are light and frothy.

Place the bowl over the saucepan and whisk continuously until the mixture thickens and doubles in volume, about 3-5 minutes.

Remove the bowl from the heat and slowly drizzle in the melted butter while whisking continuously. Keep whisking until the sauce has thickened and is smooth.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste, and add a pinch of cayenne pepper or hot sauce if desired.

Serve immediately, or keep warm in a thermos until ready to use.

2. What To Do With Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise sauce is a versatile and delicious sauce that can be used in many ways. Here are some ideas for how to use Hollandaise sauce:

Top eggs Benedict: Hollandaise sauce is a classic topping for eggs Benedict. Poach some eggs, top them with a slice of ham or smoked salmon, and drizzle Hollandaise sauce over the top.

Serve with vegetables: Hollandaise sauce pairs well with grilled or roasted vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, or cauliflower. Drizzle the sauce over the vegetables for a rich and flavorful side dish.

Use as a dipping sauce: Hollandaise sauce can be used as a dip for steamed or roasted artichokes, crab cakes, or other seafood.

Top baked meats: Hollandaise sauce is a delicious topping for baked meats, such as steak or chicken breast. Serve the meat with a dollop of sauce on top.

Make a breakfast sandwich: Spread some Hollandaise sauce on a toasted English muffin and top with a fried egg, bacon, and cheese for a decadent breakfast sandwich.

Making Hollandaise sauce at home may seem daunting at first, but with practice and patience, anyone can create a rich and flavorful sauce that’s perfect for topping a variety of dishes. So, next time you’re in the mood for a rich and creamy sauce, give this Hollandaise sauce recipe a try.

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