Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place egg yolks and water in the top of a double boiler and beat well with a wire whip or fork.
  2. Put all but 2 tbs of the butter in a small saucepan over moderately low heat (about 225F degrees) until just melted.
  3. Add 1 tbs of the cold butter to the egg and water mixture and place over hot, not boiling water.
  4. Whip constantly until egg yolks thicken slightly.
  5. Remove from heat and whip in the second tbs of cold butter.
  6. Gradually pour the melted butter into the egg mixture, beating constantly.
  7. Place over hot, not boiling, water (water below should not touch bottom of pan) cook until thickened, whipping constantly.
  8. Thickened Hollandaise should hold the imprint when a fork or whip is drawn across the surface.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, salt, and cayenne.
  10. Sauce may be placed in top of double boiler over hot, not boiling, water, covered, and kept until serving time.
  11. Serve with vegetables, baked or broiled fish, and shell-fish.
  12. Note: if you use salted butter, omit the salt in the recipe.


Most Helpful

It had too much butter; never thickened. I would never recommend this recipe.<br/><br/>The best recipe I have used for Hollandaise sauce was in the Fanny Farmer Cookbook - great for basic, time tested recipes. Unfortunately, my cookbook is in a moving POD and I couldn't get to it for my Christmas Filet Oscar - ruined this year!

Janie Dever December 27, 2014

I made this recipe last night to go with some steamed artichokes and man was it good!! It was creamy and DELICIOUS!! It is also very easy to make. Thank you for this classic recipe, can't wait to make it again to impress people :)

SkinnyMinnie February 15, 2012

Amazing! I made this recipe exactly as it is.

I've tried making hollandaise sauce before and never got it to taste authentic.
Many recipes call for vinegar or dijon mustard, don't bother with them. This is the real thing.

I made this recipe for poached eggs this morning and it was DELICIOUS!
My family loved it, and they are hard to please!

This is the real classic hollandaise sauce, thank you for sharing, I give you 5 stars!

Kent Van Heerden September 08, 2011

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