Hollandaise Sauce | Mother Sauce

I used to do all of the cooking most nights, and if Dave ever offered to help it was to make a meal. Then, I started writing a food blog, and Dave started helping me in the kitchen. If ever I made a Hollandaise sauce, it was using a cheat method with my stick blender. But now that there are two of us in the kitchen, I could leave the cooking of a perfect steak to Dave while I whisked away at my sauce.

Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise Sauce

Take a good look at my very special whisk. I found this in Australia and if you ever come across one, get it. It is wonderful to work with as it acts as a spatula at the same time. I also have a silicone version of this which is brilliant. I bought it years after I first wrote this blog post.

Steak, Asparagus And Hollandaise Sauce
Steak, Asparagus And Hollandaise Sauce

These photographs are not the best. When I started writing this blog I used a cell phone!

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Hollandaise Sauce

Recipe Category: Sauces
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from Larousse Gastronomique


  • 105 mls water
  • 1 pinch fine salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 500 g butter
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 15 mls lemon juice


  • pour 60mls water into a glass bowl and add the salt and pepper
  • place over a bain marie making sure the water is hot, but not boiling
  • melt the butter
  • beat the egg yolks with 15mls water
  • pour into the bowl containing the warmed water
  • whisk until the egg yolks thicken to the consistency of thick cream
  • add the melted butter slowly, whisking the whole time
  • add 30mls water drop by drop use a syringe to make this easier
  • adjust the seasoning and add the lemon juice
  • strain if necessary


be patient and do not turn the heat up, the sauce will thicken

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Steam your asparagus, making sure you do not leave it in the pot for too long – you want nice crunchy asparagus stalks which according to etiquette rules, you eat with your fingers!

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17 thoughts on “Hollandaise Sauce | Mother Sauce

  1. Ha, I bought some asparagus yesterday and was considering making hollandaise, but decided it was too much effort last night, maybe you’ve inspired me to give it a go today!

  2. I’ve never made it before.. you have now inspired me ;).
    How’s the weekend been with all the family? Fun fun fun in the sun? 🙂

  3. I have never made hollandaise sauce before – we don’t use butter when we cook – but this really looks so good – I am very tempted. Yummy:)

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