Quick and Easy Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
Eggs Benedict will never be complete without hollandaise. The richness of the sauce can also elevate ordinary vegetables, like steamed asparagus. Many people believe that the only way one can enjoy the luxury of a silky hollandaise is by dining at a restaurant that serves dishes with such a sauce. This is not true. With these simple recipes, you can make your very own hollandaise sauce right in your home.
The French describe hollandaise sauce as an emulsion of three very important ingredients: egg yolk, lemon juice, and melted butter. It goes without saying that one should choose only the best quality ingredients for this kind of sauce.
There are chefs who will substitute lemon juice with a vinegar reduction or white wine vinegar. Everything depends on your personal preferences. Most home cooks, however, love the distinct taste and aroma of lemon juice that no vinegar can replicate.
As for the egg yolk, it is critical that one knows how to separate the yolk from the egg white. Crack a whole egg in a shallow dish. Scoop the yolk using a large spoon. An alternative will be to scoop the egg yolk using your fingers. Make sure you washed your hands before you do this, though. A faster method will be to use a clean, empty plastic bottle. Position the opening of the bottle over the egg yolk. Squeeze the bottle. This will create a suction and force the yolk into the plastic bottle.
It is ideal to use unsalted butter. It will be a lot easier to adjust the taste later on using salt.
Aside from these three basic ingredients, you can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper. This will give the hollandaise a more profound flavor profile. You can always forego this ingredient if you want.
The Basic Steps
Now that we have the ingredients ready, let us go through the basic steps in making a quick and easy hollandaise sauce. We will look at two very easy methods and the traditional one.
- Microwave Method
This is the easiest way to make silky hollandaise sauce. All you need is to beat the egg yolks in a microwavable bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until smooth. Pour the melted butter into the egg-lemon mixture in a very slow and deliberate manner. This is very important. You do not want to dump the entire melted butter into the egg yolk mixture. If you do that, you will have scrambled eggs and not hollandaise.
Continue whisking the mixture while slowly pouring the melted butter. Put the sauce in your microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds. Remove from the microwave and continue whisking. This should give you a silky hollandaise.
- Blender Method
This method is not as fast as the microwave method. However, it does provide you with an easy way to make hollandaise. Instead of whisking the ingredients yourself, you will be using a blender to do it.
Put all the ingredients in a blender except the melted butter. Turn on the blender to medium speed. Mix the ingredients for about 20 to 30 seconds or until you see the color of the mixture lighten up. Keep in mind that the blender will heat up your egg yolks. The blending action also introduces a small amount of air into the mixture. This makes your hollandaise lighter than usual.
Turn the blender to its lowest possible speed setting. Very slowly pour the melted butter. Continue blending for about 3 to 4 more seconds to incorporate the butter. Turn off your blender. Taste the hollandaise and adjust the taste.
- Traditional Method
Suppose you do not have a microwave or a blender at home, there is no need to fret. You can still make hollandaise without these devices.
The first thing you need to do is to melt your butter in a pan with a spout. If you don’t have any, then transfer the melted butter into a jug.
Next, get a pot and fill it halfway with water. Bring this to a boil and then lower the heat to simmer. Put a bowl over the opening of the pot. Place the beaten egg yolks in the bowl and add the lemon juice. Continue whisking. Add a teaspoon of melted butter at a time while whisking the egg-lemon mixture. Make sure to whisk the mixture very well in between additions.
This will still result in a thick, smooth, and silky hollandaise.
Making hollandaise sauce at home is easy. You can use your microwave or blender to make it really quick. It’s also easy to make hollandaise the traditional way.