This easy Hollandaise sauce recipe doesn't require a blender, a double boiler, or constant whisking. If you want a thick, creamy, and tangy sauce that's easy to make and an easily-scalable recipe that's a cinch to memorize, give this one a shot! | www.pinchmeimeating.com

Easy Hollandaise Sauce

Course: Breakfast
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Caroline Lindsey
This easy Hollandaise sauce recipe doesn't require a blender, a double boiler, or constant whisking. If you want a thick, creamy, and tangy sauce that's easy to make and an easily-scalable recipe that's a cinch to memorize, give this one a shot!
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Ingredients

For extra-lemony Hollandaise (the way I love it, but it's not for everyone)

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 egg yolks

For a more traditional Hollandaise

  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (or to taste)
  • 4 egg yolks

Instructions

  • Bring a medium saucepan half-full of water to a light simmer, with a two-cup Pyrex measuring cup sitting in the middle.
  • Melt the butter in the measuring cup.
  • Remove the measuring cup from the saucepan and add the lemon juice (fresh or bottled is fine) to bring the temperature of the butter down a bit.
  • Slowly pour the butter-lemon mixture into the bowl that contains your egg yolks, whisking constantly to prevent curdling the eggs. (This is the "tempering the eggs" part).
  • Pour the mixture back into the measuring cup and return to the saucepan.
  • Cook over medium/medium-low heat (water bath should be a low simmer) for 10 minutes or so or until the sauce thickens, stirring frequently with a fork or whisk. Every minute or two should be fine - this does not require constant whisking.

Notes

I love lemon, so the 1:1:1 ratio yields a very tangy Hollandaise sauce. If you like your Hollandaise sauce less tart, add more butter or reduce the lemon juice to taste. For a much less lemony (more traditional) sauce, double the butter and quarter the lemon juice (1:4:8 ratio of lemon:yolks:butter). 
If sauce gets too thick, you can thin it out by adding hot water from the sauce pan into the sauce one spoonful at a time, whisking to combine thoroughly.
Scale the recipe up or down as much as you need - 1:1:1 for each person (for extra-lemony version).