Classic Hollandaise Sauce


Prep time
30 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes
Total time
1 hour


1⁄2 c
butter, unsalted
1⁄4 c
white wine vinegar
1⁄2 t
1⁄4 t
white pepper
2 U
egg yolks
1⁄2 t
lemon juice


In a saucepan melt butter and allow to cool partially. In a heavy non-aluminum 1-quart saucepan over low heat combine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Reduce by half to about 2 tablespoons and remove from heat. Cool to room temperature. Whisk the egg yolks into the vinegar reduction. Place the saucepan over low heat and whisk constantly until yolks have turned white and thickened visibly. Remove from heat and immediately begin whisking in the warm butter a drop at a time. As you progress, after the sauce has clearly "taken," you can gradually increase the amount of butter added until you have incorporated all the butter. Strain the sauce through a warm chinois (run it under hot water just before using) into a warm, clean saucepan. Finalize the sauce by whisking in the lemon juice. Taste and add salt or lemon juice as needed.