Hollandaise sauce recipe

Hollandaise sauce recipe

It’s breakfast time!

Perfect with eggs or great on fish, hollandaise sauce sounds like it should be complicated but it’s really not.

This simple sauce has 4 ingredients that are easy to obtain and it’s a lot cheaper than buying it pre made.

Here’s 2 easy ways to make it, let’s get to it!

Ingredients: serves 2
  •     2 egg yolks
  •     50-100g butter
  •     1 tsp white wine vinegar
  •     Salt
  •     (Optional) lemon juice
  •     Saucepan, 2 depending which method you use
  •     Metal or glass bowl big enough to sit on top of saucepan
  •     Whisk
  •     Knife
Cooking method: 5-10 minutes
  1.     Put a small amount of water in the saucepan (about 1/5 full) and heat it up until steaming then turn the heat down low.
  2.     Separate the egg yolks by cracking the egg in your hand over a bowl (clean hands!) and let the white run through the gaps in your fingers. Put the yolk(s) in the bowl with the white wine vinegar, salt and about 10ml of water and whisk well for a minute or two.
  3.     Put the bowl on top of the saucepan and keep whisking until the yolks start to go pale.
  4.     Cut the butter into cubes and add 1 at a time, whisk until its fully incorporated before adding any more butter. Keep adding butter until you have the desired consistency, it will thicken as you add and whisk butter in.
  5.     Drink. I mean eat.
 Method 2
  1.     Follow steps 1-3 above.
  2.     Melt the butter in a separate pan. Skim the foam off the top as it heats up and let the milk solids separate to the bottom (white bits). Decant into a jug leaving the mills solids in the pan.
  3.     While the butter is still hot pour it into the eggs a little at a time whisking well before adding more until the desired consistency is met.
If the sauce becomes too thick just add a little cold water and whisk in.

I would say the second method makes the sauce noticeably nicer, but not so much that there’s anything wrong with the first method which is slightly quicker.


Looking on tesco.com a 150g pack of hollandaise costs £1.20.

The above best recipe makes about 136g if you use 100g of butter (egg yolks weigh about 18g) and costs around 87p, a saving of about 30%.

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