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?
Nope. It’s not hard to make homemade Hollandaise sauce with the right technique. And there are several techniques you can use.
1. Traditional double boiling method – this is probably he most commonly accepted way to make Hollandiase sauce and what they teach you in culinary school.
2. Microwave – Yes you can make Hollandaise sauce in the microwave! See below for instructions.
3. Just use a sauce pan. This is how I do it. I have a double boiler, but it’s more dishes to wash later.
So, you don’t need a double boiler to make Hollandaise sauce?
Nope. You don’t as long as you keep the heat low and you can stir continuously, you can make this in a sauce pan. or even the microwave if you heat and stir, heat and stir.
The microwave method gets a little tedious with all the stopping and starting so that’s why I settled on the sauce pan method as my preferred way to make Hollandaise sauce. So that’s what this recipe will show you.
Check out this video showing how to make Hollandaise sauce using a sauce pan:
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?
I could argue that it is! Browse all my breakfast recipes for more breakfast ideas!