Homemade blender hollandaise is a quick and easy classic sauce any French cook would declare très bien.
Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce
Classic hollandaise sauce is one of those lush additions to a dish that immediately elevates the stature of whatever it drizzles or lathers. I mean, an Egg Benedict is really just an Egg McMuffin until it gets the hollandaise treatment.
However, from scratch hollandaise sauce can be a tricky recipe to master and feel like one of those recipes only a trained chef can carry off.
Not the case, monsieur!
Unlike traditional hollandaise that requires whisking and tempering over a water bath and a fair amount of practice to master, this blender hollandaise sauce is incredibly easy and fast with no cooking involved, and can literally take just about 3 minutes to whip up.
Blender Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients
Back in the day, my husband and I were rather famous for our Salmon and Avocado Egg Benedicts, a brunch favorite, and we always took the easy way out by using a packaged mix for the hollandaise.
But after my friend Sherrie taught me the how to make hollandaise sauce in a blender, there really wasn’t any reason to go back to the gloopy, packaged dry mix again.
Blender hollandaise is just 4 ingredients:
- Egg yolks: Choose the freshest you can find and save the whites for tomorrow’s breakfast.
- Lemon juice: There’s no room in this recipe for anything but fresh squeezed.
- Butter: I call for unsalted butter but if salted is what you have, use it. Just make sure it’s a high-quality one.
- Kosher salt: Always use the larger crystalled kosher salt instead of the more bitter table salt, and just a pinch will do.
How to Make Hollandaise Sauce in a Blender
Clarify the butter. Clarified butter is melted butter where the butterfat is separated from the liquid gold. I take the easy route and place the butter in a glass measuring cup then microwave it in 15-30 second blasts. The solids separate, then drop to the bottom of the measuring cup. After drizzling the clarified butter into the blender, discard the chalky, white fat.
SLOWLY blend the hot water into the eggs and lemon. Slowly adding hot water into the eggs gives them a head start in cooking without scrambling them. The water lightens the blender hollandaise sauce as it thickens when adding the butter later.
Drizzle the warm butter into the blender slooooooowly. This is the most important step so the sauce doesn’t break and separate. Place a kitchen towel over the hole of the blender or cover with your hand as you add the butter so the sauce doesn’t splatter all over you and your kitchen.
Add a pinch of salt to brighten the flavors. Taste as you go. This isn’t an essential addition but does add just a bit of balance.
How to Fix Broken Hollandaise
If your homemade hollandaise sauce looks like it might break, add a few drops of cold water and blend more.
If you get ahead of your blender hollandaise and it curdles or turns into a runny river, start over. Add new yolks and lemon to the broken sauce in place of the butter and blend until thickened and smooth.
How Long Does Hollandaise Sauce Last?
This blender hollandaise sauce is best when used immediately. If you have leftovers, the hollandaise will keep stored in the fridge up to 3 days.
How to Reheat Hollandaise Sauce
Homemade hollandaise sauce is best reheated in a saucepan over low heat. Stir it continually to prevent it from scorching or clumping.
Tips for Making Blender Hollandaise
Use high-quality ingredients. Because this blender hollandaise sauce calls for just 4 ingredients, make sure they’re the highest quality you can find.
Keep your butter warm but not bubbly hot. The warm butter and fast whisking whir of the blender is the cooking agent for the hollandaise. If your butter isn’t warm enough, it won’t thicken. But if it’s too hot it will over cook the eggs. Warm butter works wonders.
Add heat. Other additions if you’d like can include adding ¼ teaspoon of Dijon mustard or a few dashes of Tabasco or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Recipes with Hollandaise Sauce
- Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms with Hollandaise
- Arugula and Prosciutto Egg Benedict With Blender Hollandaise Sauce
- Salmon and Bagel Egg Benedict
- Crab and Avocado Eggs Benedict
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Blender Hollandaise Sauce
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup hot water
- 1 cup unsalted butter (½ pound)
- Pinch of kosher salt
- Melt the butter over low heat in a small pan on the stove until melted, or in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup on high heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.
- Add the yolks and lemon juice to the blender and blend on high for 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides and slowly add the water until incorporated.
- Drizzle the hot butter into the egg yolk mixture, covering the hole of the lid with a kitchen towel to avoid splattering. Blend on high until thickened, about 30-60 seconds.
- Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice or salt to taste.
- The sauce is best when used immediately. If you have leftovers, the hollandaise will keep stored in the fridge up to 3 days. To reheat, warm slowly on low heat.
- Because this blender hollandaise sauce calls for just 4 ingredients, make sure they're the highest quality you can find.
- If you like a little more gusto to your hollandaise, add more lemon juice or the following ingredients if you’d like ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard, a dash or two of Tabasco, or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
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This was super easy and delicious. Got it right on the first attempt! Thanks for your clear and easy to follow instructions and tips!
So glad you had success Lacie! Thanks for coming back around to comment and say so.
Yes, of course we would really like the recipe for the crab and eggs bendict. It looks amazing!! Thanks so much .
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
Thank you Cheryl
Looks yum. Also, I would love the recipe for your Crab Benedicts!
This method didn’t work for me. I used to have a cheap blender and Julia Child’s method was failsafe. My old blender finally died in a burst of flames and I upgraded to a medium priced blender capable of making smoothies from Costco. My blender hollandaise has been breaking ever since. I’ve never heard of adding hot water to my hollandaise but decided to give it a chance. On the upside, my hollandaise didn’t break but it was watery and a bit on the gray side and just didn’t have the flavor that Julia Child’s recipe has. I learned how to make stove top hollandaise as an undergrad when I was too poor to afford even a cheap used blender. It’s time consuming but really not that hard and can be mastered after three or four attempts and the taste is far superior. I think think I see a stovetop in my future. Or a Goodwill blender.
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
Hi Jane! So sorry that your blender isn’t working well for Hollandaise. I hope you get to make your stovetop version soon
Thank you for this great recipe and beautiful photos, Heidi! I cooked this a few days ago and it turned out absolutely delicious. I love it so much that going to cook this again!
nice idea i wanna try this its interesting and best recipe to serve to our guests
Great tips. Thanks for sharing it.
Wow, thank you!
And your photos are gorgeous!!
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
Thanks so much!
great tips and Hollandaise recipe, and good to know about fixing a broken sauce, I’ve also added a spicy mustard like Digon (a teaspoon) to mine when I make it in a blender, thank you!
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
Yummy idea! Thanks Sabrina.