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Foolproof Hollandaise

Makes 2 1/4 cups; 6 servings

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.

Foolproof Hollandaise

Photo: James Carrier
 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
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.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 473Calories from Fat 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 51g79%

Saturated Fat 30g150%
Cholesterol 337mg113%
Sodium 598mg25%
Total Carbohydrate 1g1%

Dietary Fiber 0.0g0%
Protein 3.3g7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.