Hollandaise sauce. It’s what makes breakfast more beautiful (and way more delicious). It’s easier than you think to make homemade Hollandaise sauce from scratch. If you can use a whisk, you can make this sauce. Makes egg casseroles delicious!
Is homemade Hollandaise sauce hard to make?
Despite how much I love this sauce, I had heard it’s hard to make and for that reason I limited my options to:
1. Going to my favorite diner to get whatever on the menu came with Hollandaise sauce (not exaggerating, bonus points if it also had avocado).
2. Buying the packets of Hollandaise sauce powder.
Both options were getting me by until… I needed something to add to one of my experimental recipes, breakfast stuffing and I had no little powder packets of anything remotely close to Hollandaise sauce in my baking cupboard and I knew the casserole was going to be dry without some sort of sauce. Preferably, Hollandaise of course. 🙂
I did have a ton of eggs though and so I did what anyone would do in this situation and turned to my reliable friend Google for a how-to. This is when I learned that Hollandaise sauce had lemon in it. And it was like at the moment so much of life made sense because I l-o-v-e lemons! And butter and eggs. Which is all you need to make this sauce. Well, maybe a good whisk too… and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Check out this video to watch how to make this step-by-step:
Tips for Success
The main thing is, don’t stop whisking. You have to keep stirring so your sauce doesn’t get chunky.
You need to keep the heat low too. It can be tempting to crank the heat up higher to cook things faster but just be patient with this one. It only takes a couple minutes of whisking before the eggs yolks cook and the sauce starts to thicken.
Make sure you remove the pot of sauce completely from the heat, don’t just turn off the burner or you can overcook the sauce.
Try the microwave version.
If you’re not into into babysitting pots, then you might like to know that you can use the microwave instead.
The mircowave has long been used to cook breakfast foods from eggs to bacon. So, yep, you guessed it. You can actually make Hollandaise sauce entirely in the microwave.
All you have to do it combine the melted butter with lemon juice, whisked eggs, warm water or milk and cayenne pepper. Then microwave in 15 second increments, whisking in between. For about 30-45 seconds until it’s thick.
Side note: You can also melt chocolate using this same method!
Hollandaise & Eggs Benedict
Be sure to try my Eggs Benedict Casserole topped with this sauce!
Or if the more traditional method is your style, check out my classic Eggs Benedict recipe.
Breakfast, the best meal of the day?
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