|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 26g||33%|
|Saturated Fat 15g||76%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Hollandaise sauce can be tricky to make as the ingredients need to be cooked just right to avoid separation. One way to boost your chances of a successful sauce is to use clarified butter. Clarified butter—butter that is liquefied and then strained until it's clear—helps stabilize the sauce so that it doesn't curdle. It is pure fat, whereas whole butter is 16 to 17 percent water, which can weaken the emulsion. Another trick to assuring your hollandaise comes together properly is to have the ingredients at room temperature before starting to cook; they will emulsify better if they are warm.
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"The flavor is very nice and you can taste the difference clarified butter makes compared to other versions—it’s definitely worth the extra step. What I really like about this recipe, beyond the taste, is that each step is carefully explained. The result is impressively close to what restaurants serve. The recipe is a keeper!" —Colleen Graham
- 1 cup clarified butter (about 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter)
- 4 egg yolks, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Cayenne pepper, to taste, or a dash of Tabasco sauce
Gather the ingredients.
Heat 1 to 2-inches of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Make sure the clarified butter is warm but not hot.
Combine the egg yolks and the cold water in a glass or stainless steel mixing bowl (not aluminum) and whisk for 1 to 2 minutes, until the mixture is light and foamy. Whisk in a couple of drops of the lemon juice.
Once the water in the saucepan has begun to simmer, set the bowl directly on top of the saucepan, making sure the water itself does not come in contact with the bottom of the bowl. Whisk the egg mixture for 1 to 2 minutes, until slightly thickened.
Remove the bowl from the heat and begin adding the clarified butter slowly, a few drops at a time, while whisking constantly. If you add it too quickly, the emulsion will break.
Continue beating in the clarified butter. As the sauce thickens, you can gradually increase the rate at which you add it.
After you've added all of the butter, whisk in the remaining lemon juice and season to taste with kosher salt and cayenne pepper (or a dash of Tabasco sauce).
The finished hollandaise sauce will have a smooth, firm consistency. If it's too thick, you can adjust by whisking in a few drops of warm water. Serve and enjoy.
Raw Egg Warning
Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.
- It's best to serve hollandaise right away, but if need be, you can hold it for about an hour or so, provided you keep it warm. After 2 hours, though, you should toss it—it'll eventually start to separate, and food safety will become an issue.
- By gently heating the egg yolks, the proteins are being altered in a way that makes them bond more effectively with the fat droplets in the clarified butter. This creates a more stable emulsion, meaning your hollandaise is less likely to curdle. At the same time, make sure the yolks don't get too hot; egg yolks lose their emulsifying powers when cooked, which is why this gentler, less direct method of warming them works. Plus, if you heat the yolks too much, you'll have scrambled eggs.
- A warm kitchen is preferred over a cooler one since warmer temperatures help the egg yolks to emulsify with the melted butter.