How to Make Hollandaise Sauce - Simple Easy Recipes, Tips, Variations

Hollandaise sauce is made using butter and egg yolks as binding and the term Hollandaise means Holland-style or from Holland.

This beautiful pale lemon colour sauce is opaque with buttery-smooth texture, somewhat frothy and is served hot with fish, asparagus, vegetables and eggs (for the famous egg benedict).

The flavor is rich and buttery, with a mild tang added by the lemon juice. Making this emulsified sauce at home requires care, attention to detail and some practice. But perseverance will be rewarded by a versatile sauce that complements many dishes. Homemade sauces are a delight and certainly worth the effort.

Most food historians believe that the 'Sauce Hollandaise' recipe was developed in the Normandy Region, always famous for its butter and butter-based cooking. It was probably first named 'Sauce Isigny', after the Normandy town of Isigny.

A recipe using egg yolks to bind the sauce with good quality fresh butter, salt, a little vinegar and nutmeg, and one or two egg yolks to bind the sauce. The recipe mentions the need to be careful that the sauce doesn't curdle (nothing has changed, has it!). The recipe appeared in 'Le cuisine françois' (The True French Cook) in 1651. Recipes for Sauce Hollandaise (or 'Dutch Sauce') were popular in 19th century American Cookbooks.

Learn how to make delicious Hollandaise sauce using this guide and recipe collection
Learn how to make delicious Hollandaise sauce using this guide and recipe collection. Source: Public Domain

Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

Method

Variations for Hollandaise Sauce

Lime Hollandaise

Replace the lemon juice and lemon zest with lime juice and zest. Lime hollandaise is wonderful with fish or seafood

Basil Hollandaise

Add some finely chopped fresh basil leaves to the finished hollandaise sauce. This goes well with asparagus and other vegetables.

Béarnaise sauce

Replace the lemon juice and zest with strong tarragon vinegar. Add chopped chervil, fresh tarragon and parsley and freshly milled black pepper to the completed sauce. This sauce is ideal for red meat dishes.

Quick and Easy Blender-Made Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

This quick and easy version works if you are in a hurry. Made in a blender.

Ingredients

Method

Place the butter in a small pot or frying pan and melt over low heat, until just before it starts to bubble. Place the lemon juice, salt, egg yolks in your blender bowl and sprinkle with the cayenne pepper. Pulse the egg mixture using a medium setting until the mixture lightens in color (generally 20-30 seconds). The blending action injects air into the mixture and warms the eggs a little. Reduce the blender speed to the lowest setting. Slowly add the hot melted butter in a drizzle while the blender is going. Continue to blend the mixture after all the butter has been added and incorporated. Adjust the taste by adding more salt and lemon juice if required.

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