Beef Fat Hollandaise

I made this beef fat hollandaise years ago and my mom asked me for the recipe. Well, it took me quite an age to actually getting around to making it again, and being able to post this. You can use duck fat or lard if you would prefer, or if that is all you have at home. This method worked perfectly for me, and I was really pleased at how easy it was to make.

Beef Fat Hollandaise
Beef Fat Hollandaise
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When I was thirteen I was given an allowance from my parents. I had to provide my father with a budget. And from that, he gave me double what I needed. But the proviso to this was that I had to save half. A bank account was set up for me, and to this day I have practiced the art of saving. Not only that, I run a monthly budget. I have a spreadsheet (yay for Excel) in which my monthly income and expenses are listed. Every single cent I spend is recorded and I track my bank balance on a daily basis. That might sound a bit extreme, but it helps me keep track of who has paid money into my business account. I also use the spreadsheet as a kind of cash flow projection as I monitor my expected income for the month.

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Some months it can take a week to show a positive amount, and other months’ it takes longer. Last month was one of the latter. The first two weeks were looking so quiet business wise. And we started the month with some big expenses. Thankfully these could be put on to the credit card which is only due at the end of the month. And, I pay that off in full. I had sort of hedged my bets by paying money out that was not one hundred percent necessary. But I am so glad I did as it is one less expense to have to concern myself when the time comes to actually having to pay it. Do you run a monthly budget? And if so, how do you manage it?

Beef Fat Hollandaise


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Beef Fat Hollandaise

Use duck fat or pork lard if that is all you have
Recipe Category: Breakfast, Condiments
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 15 g rendered beef fat
  • 10 g salted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 7.5 mls lemon juice
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)


  • Place the beef fat and butter into a small saucepan and melt over a low temperature
  • Remove from the heat and place the egg yolk and lemon juice into a small, non stick frying pan
  • Whisk until mixed then add the cayenne pepper if using and whisk
  • Place onto a very low temperature and while whisking, slowly pour in the melted fat
  • Continue whisking until thick then serve straight away


You can keep the hollandaise warm by placing it into a warmed glass bowl but don't leave it too long. Whisk just before serving.
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10 thoughts on “Beef Fat Hollandaise

  1. Tallow is getting really popular here in the US. I finally bought some at Whole Foods and can’t wait to use it. We had a tallow butter board on vacation and it was magnificent! this Hollandaise looks fabulous!

  2. I think I prefer the classic way to make Hollandaise with all butter. The taste of beef fat doesn’t appeal to me, especially on eggs.

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  3. Hi Tandy, I have not heard of this dish before. I am also a big saver, but I don’t really budget because it never works out. Every single month something unexpected comes up. Recently, we are having issues with electrical equipment because of all the load shedding. I’m starting to think my effective tax rate with private schooling, private medical, private security and private electricity and water is much higher than anywhere else in the world. I just don’t know how people are managing now.

    1. You should look at Italy! Their tax rate + VAT is really high. I don’t know how the average income earner copes either. But then again, they don’t go the private route with a lot of things.

  4. wow i really admire you for budgetting like that. i am way too slack 🙂 But i do try to keep an eye on it. does the hollandaise taste beefy at all? such an interesting idea.

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