Hollandaise Sauce sounds fancy but it is truly easy to make. It’s often drizzled over a classic dish of Eggs Benedict with crispy bacon, toasted English muffins, and Poached Eggs.

If you’re a lover of French-style breakfast foods, also try your hand at making our Perfect Omelette, Quiche Lorraine, or Crepes

Hollandaise Sauce in a serving tray

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What is Classic Hollandaise Sauce? 

Hollandaise sauce is one of the five “mother sauces” in French cuisine and consists of egg yolks, butter, lemon juice, and water whisked to creamy perfection over low heat. When preparing this decadent recipe, opt for high-quality eggs and butter – it makes all the difference. I prefer to get grass-fed butter for its deep yellow color and organic eggs. 

Hollandaise Sauce of over asparagus

Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients 

  • Egg yolks – separate your eggs and use the yolks only which help thicken up the sauce. Save the egg whites for a healthy Egg White Omelette the next day! 
  • Lukewarm water – To regulate the temperature of the sauce, add lukewarm water.
  • Lemon juice – The acid from the lemon juice helps the egg yolks absorb more fat from butter and adds a nice pop of tang. You also need it to prevent cracks and help the sauce thicken up.
  • Dijon mustard – adds a great layer of flavor and bite to the sauce.
  • Unsalted butter – Butter is the key ingredient to helping your hollandaise emulsify and thicken up to a nice consistency. 
  • Salt – We use fine sea salt in 99% of our cooking. Feel free to adjust the amount you use to your taste. 
  • Cayenne pepper – If you love a kick of heat, add cayenne pepper to taste. 

How to Make Hollandaise Sauce 

  1. Separate the Eggs – add yolks to a small non-reactive saucepan and save whites for another recipe.
  2. Add water, lemon juice and dijon and whisk together until well combined.
  3. Add Butter – Slice the butter into small pieces and toss them into the saucepan. 
  4. Cook the Hollandaise – Place saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking the sauce constantly and vigorously until the melted butter turns the mixture frothy. Continue whisking until the sauce just starts to thicken and coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Remove the Sauce from Heat – Once thickened, immediately remove the sauce from heat and season it with more cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Serve immediately or cover to keep warm.

Pro Tip: Make sure to whisk the sauce the entire time it’s over heat or the eggs will scramble! 

Images of step by step process of making hollandaise sauce

To Serve

Aside from traditional Eggs Benedict, there are many ways to serve hollandaise sauce: 

Make-Ahead

  • Storing: To keep hollandaise fresh, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. This will prevent it from soaking up any lingering smells in your refrigerator.
  • Reheating: To warm it back up, use a double boiler on the stovetop to reheat it over a steam bath (direct heat is prone to burning the delicate sauce). If you don’t have a double broiler, you can keep the sauce in the airtight container and let it sit in hot water for 25 minutes.

Common Questions 

What is the difference between Hollandaise and Bearnaise sauce?

While they are super similar in texture and ingredients, there are key differences in the way that they are seasoned. Bearnaise typically contains shallots, peppercorns, tarragon, vinegar and wine.

What texture should hollandaise sauce be?

A perfect hollandaise sauce will be perfectly silky and creamy. A poorly made hollandaise will be runny or overly gummy from cooking it at too high of a heat.

Why did your hollandaise sauce crack?

Your hollandaise sauce will crack if it’s cooked at too high of a heat. This will cause the dairy to cook too quickly, resulting in cracks. Keep the heat over medium-low and let the sauce cook gradually.

Why is your hollandaise sauce runny and not thickening?

Your hollandaise sauce will turn out runny if you don’t whisk it vigorously and consistently while it’s heating. Aerating the mixture helps make it light, fluffy and thick. Also, avoid substitutions or modifications.

Why did my hollandaise sauce break?

Heating over too high of heat can cause the hollandaise sauce to break. Also make sure to use a non-reactive skillet. Avoid cast iron or copper which can react with the lemon juice.

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Easy Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

4.97 from 177 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Hollandaise sauce served in a bowl garnished with parsley
Hollandaise Sauce is a French sauce that sounds fancy but is truly easy to make. It's served for breakfast or brunch over Eggs Benedict.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 servings

Instructions

  • Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. Store the egg whites in an airtight container in the fridge for another recipe.
  • Add the egg yolks to a small non-reactive saucepan with water, lemon juice, and dijon, and whisk until well-combined.
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and add them to the egg mixture.
  • Place the pot over medium-low heat, whisking the mixture constantly. As the butter melts, it will get a little frothy. Continue whisking constantly for about 3 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken then immediately remove from heat. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Season with salt and cayenne pepper, adding more seasoning to taste. Serve right away or cover to keep warm. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a teaspoon of warm water to loosen it up.

Nutrition Per Serving

234kcal Calories1g Carbs2g Protein25g Fat15g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat7g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat158mg Cholesterol160mg Sodium21mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar865IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C19mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
234
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
25
g
38
%
Saturated Fat
 
15
g
94
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
158
mg
53
%
Sodium
 
160
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
21
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
865
IU
17
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
19
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: French
Keyword: hollandaise recipe, hollandaise sauce
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 234

Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Debbie Daugherty
    April 22, 2024

    I used this sauce for crab omelettes and also steak Oscar … so easy and and huge hit with husband!!!! A keeper for sure!!

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  • MC
    April 21, 2024

    I never comment on recipes but I had to make an exception. This was by far the best and easiest hollandaise I’ve ever made. No fiddling around with a double boiler or pouring piping hot butter and making a mess.

    I had trouble sustaining the rhythm of whisking so I grabbed my immersion blender and it worked beautifully and magically. This will become my one and only hollandaise recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 21, 2024

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Rosemary
    April 15, 2024

    Super easy, no fail and delicious! Now I need to find more of her recipes!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 15, 2024

      Thank you for your excellent feedback! Hope you’ll love all of the recipes that you will try.

      Reply

  • Joan
    March 21, 2024

    Wonderfully easy and delicious! Thank you for this recipe. I used to make hollandaise in a blender, but it didn’t work well last time I tried. This is foolproof.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 21, 2024

      Thank you, Joan. Great to hear that it was a success!

      Reply

  • Linda Luann Clark
    March 19, 2024

    Wow, eggs benedict is my favorite, this hollandaise sauce is the BEST I have ever had!! My husband and I agree better than any restaurant sauce!!!!

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  • Matt
    March 2, 2024

    This was great! Had it with sourdough discard crumpets, asparagus, prosciutto and Manchego cheese. Stuck inside due to weather and lots of time for an excellent breakfast!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 2, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Matt!

      Reply

  • Beth
    March 2, 2024

    Perfect recipe! I was apprehensive because I only had enough butter on hand to get it right the first time- but it came together flawlessly. I also halved the recipe and wondered if that would make it cook too quickly but nope… perfect. Half the recipe made just the right amount of sauce for eggs Benedict for two. <3

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 2, 2024

      That’s great, Beth! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • David Martin
    February 18, 2024

    I doubled the recipe as I had a few people to feed. I added a little too much lemon juice though and it was a little more than I wanted, but it was still a hit with everyone ! Great recipe and thank you 😊

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2024

      Hi David, oh no but still good tio know that it was still a huge hit. Feel free to adjust the lemon next time.

      Reply

  • Mark
    January 6, 2024

    Easy to make and absolutely perfect. We tried it on eggs benedicts and it was a banger.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 6, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Mark!

      Reply

  • Joan
    January 1, 2024

    Perfect hollandaise sauce finally! Thank you!!I will make this again and again.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 2, 2024

      So glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Lindsay Cochrane
    December 29, 2023

    First time ever making hollandaise, turned out beautifully 😍

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 29, 2023

      That’s great, Lindsay!

      Reply

  • Allie
    December 26, 2023

    This recipe is horrible. I tried making it twice and both times it never thickened and then turned into an oily curdled mush. I hate making hollandaise sauce because it is so finicky and this recipe is just not good nor easy. Waste of ingredients and my time!

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    • Natasha
      December 26, 2023

      HI Allie, I haven’t had that happen but I think I can help troubleshoot that so you can have success with hollandaise in the future. Here are the things that can cause breaking or curdling of the sauce: Heating over too high of heat can cause the hollandaise sauce to break. Also make sure to use a non-reactive skillet. Avoid cast iron or copper which can react with the lemon juice. I added this tip in the post and hopefully it will help others avoid this issue.

      Reply

    • Haskell Jules
      March 10, 2024

      Clearly the heat was too high and probably used a reactive pan. That is so sad. I think this recipe is just fine.

      Reply

  • Petra
    December 25, 2023

    Wow! Thank you for sharing. We made this on Christmas day and we love it!

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    • Natasha
      December 25, 2023

      Hi Petra, I’m so glad you loved the hollandaise recipe. Thank you for the great review.

      Reply

  • Jess
    December 25, 2023

    Simple instructions, very easy to follow and the sauce came out great!
    I was scared when I tasted it and the Dijon came through pretty strong. Stuck with it, and, after it’s poured over poached eggs and bacon and toasted croissant – the balance is perfect and it worked out great!!! 👍🏼

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 25, 2023

      Thanks for your good comments, Jess. Glad that it was a success!

      Reply

  • Casey
    December 24, 2023

    Sauce didn’t thicken using this method. I’m going back to thickening the yolks first and then pouring in melted butter. Works every time.

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    • Natasha
      December 25, 2023

      Hi Casey, I haven’t had that happen where it didn’t thicken up – that is not a normal occurrence. Did you substitute anything?

      Reply

  • Jackie
    December 4, 2023

    It was delicious! It was my fist time trying, and it turned out great! At first it wasn’t thinkening up, but I just set the heat higher and it worked. My family loved it!
    BTW Im 11 and was able to do it completely by myself.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 4, 2023

      Thank you for the feedback, Jackie!

      Reply

  • Ken
    November 23, 2023

    I was very skeptical (due to direct heat method and “put all of the ingredients together”) but gave this recipe a try. It came out just perfect – flavor, consistency and it held up covered with foil on the stove until my nocturnal son was able to get out of bed. I overcooked the eggs for the benny a tad, but the sauce covered for that beautifully. On my gas stove, the correct heat was juuuust over “simmer” (my stove lies. It has no “simmer”).

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 23, 2023

      Hi Ken! Thank you so much for trying the recipe. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

      Reply

  • Ariel
    November 12, 2023

    This recipe was super easy and great. It did take me much longer to get a thicker consistence but my stove is pretty old. I would say be patient and let the hollandaise thicken without turning up the heat or thinking you’re doing something wrong. It probably took me a good 10-15 minutes to get it thick enough but again, my stove is super old. I took the pan off the heat after I reached my desired consistency and put a lid on it until I was ready to serve it (atop eggs Benny) and the sauce didn’t break at all and I wasn’t ready to serve after making the sauce for at least 15 minutes (or longer!) Great recipe and I’m glad I didn’t have to use a blender as many other recipes called for. This is in fact easy! Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 12, 2023

      Hi Ariel, thank you so much for your detailed feedback and comments. We appreciate it and we’re so glad that you enjoyed this recipe as well.

      Reply

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