One of the best things in the world is hollandaise sauce. I’m not even kidding. On asparagus, for dipping artichoke leaves, over eggs benedict, or as a sauce for fish (or chicken, or veggies, or whatever). You will lick the plate. Unless there’s company over… in which case you’ll lick the plate in the kitchen as you “do the dishes.” If you’re my husband.
And for such a creamy, tangy, impressive sauce, it’s sure easy to make. But you’d never know it unless someone like me unlocked “the secret” for you. (Or if you’re me, someone like my little sister.) That’s because the people who make it tend to say things like, “Well, it’s really tricky, so…” or, “You have to be so careful because if you blink you’ll get lumps in the sauce.” But they’re lying to you to keep you down.
I promise. It’s easy. Don’t get me started on the “packets” though… that stuff is nasty and gross and gets lumpy if you blink. That is the truth. Real hollandaise is easy and delicious and worth the 2 minutes it takes to make (after your water is simmering).
Is that a long enough intro for something with three ingredients? Thought so.
- 3ish tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 egg yolks
- a double boiler or a metal or glass bowl over a pot of simmering water
- a whisk
- a bowl (not the same one that’s over your pot)
Add lemon juice.
Now in another small bowl, you have your egg yolks.
When the butter is melted, you need to pour it very slowly into the egg yolks while whisking. You don’t want to just dump it in and then stir otherwise it WILL get lumpy. This isn’t hard to do, but you can’t do it and simultaneously take a picture. So this picture is of everything whisked together.
Now dump that into the double boiler again.
And whisk for a couple minutes until the sauce thickens and gets glossy.
If it gets a little too thick before you take it off of the heat, you can add a tablespoon or two of the simmering water to the sauce and whisk it in to thin it, or add some more lemon juice.
There you go! Watch for a simple meal idea that uses hollandaise sauce here on Joyful Abode in the next couple days.
Or check out these hollandaise-inclusive meal ideas.
Turkey Burgers and Asparagus with Hollandaise