Poached Eggs and Smoked Salmon with Tarragon Bearnaise

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

A wonderful variation on Eggs Benedict. The Bearnaise sauce is made in the blender, taking the stress out of preparing this dish. The sauce comes out perfectly every time. Using an egg poacher will also make this dish easier to prepare.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Blender Tarragon Bearnaise: Combine ingredients through peppercorns in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until reduced to 1 T; sieve, let cool and set aside.
  2. In a blender, blend eggs, water, hot pepper sauce and salt on high speed for 1 minute; with machine running, add butter in a slow, steady stream; sauce should be thickened, if not, process another 20 seconds.
  3. Add reserved wine reduction to taste and blend; taste and adjust seasoning and add tarragon, blend just to combine; serve immediately or keep warm by submerging blender jar in warm (not hot) water.
  4. Poached Eggs and Salmon: Poach eggs; plate 2 crumpet halves per person; lay a slice of salmon over each toasted crumpet half; place an egg on top of each and pour bearnaise over.


Most Helpful

Ultimate comfort food in my books!

rosslare January 02, 2014

hello sugarpea, I love this recipe but w/out the tarragon and w/1 T dill! made the bernaise sauce in a double boiler & then strained it,; kept it warm. served it on crumpets sliced in half. this recipe I found on the martha stewart site and then I went looking for it on this site & voilá here it was. :) thanks so much for posting - we enjoyed it thoroughly. perhaps next time I will make it with the tarragon - just don't like anise that much. hugz, Manami ;)

Manami July 07, 2010

We used our own smoked salmon from this summer to make this recipe. The bearnaise sauce was very tasty but I did change it since I'm afraid of eating raw eggs. I cooked the egg yolks in the saucepan over low heat with concentrated tarragon vinegar sauce over low heat beating all the time. Added the butter and water called for the recipe and they came out perfectly cooked this way. We did add extra 1 T more water to thin the sauce. The taste of poached eggs with bearnaise and smoked salmon is wonderful and this sauce will be used to make bearaise in the future. Thank you for postsing this recipe.

Rinshinomori August 23, 2009

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