The Easiest Hollandaise Sauce You’ll Ever Make {recipe} – Oatmeal Project No. 19

Steel Cut Oats Eggs Benedict[The Oatmeal Project, Day 19: Oats Benedict]

We tried to make Hollandaise sauce.

We failed.

Wait. No, that’s not wholly true.

We failed…three times.

So before we gave up and resorted to topping our perfectly poached egg with a slice of melted American cheese to make our savory steel cut Oats Benedict the healthier man’s version of the McPoor man’s version of the original luxurious Eggs Benedict, we tried this supposed “no fail” Hollandaise sauce made in a blender.

We succeeded.

(But only once.)

Steel Cut Oats Eggs Benedict

Blender Hollandaise Sauce

based on Barbara Kafka’s 1962 recipe on

makes about 1 cup


2 sticks butter
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
pinch cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons cream


Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Keep warm over very low heat.

Blend egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, cayenne pepper, and cream at medium high speed until it lightens in color, about 30 seconds.

With blender running at lowest speed, drizzle warm melted butter in a very slow, thin stream. Once all the butter has been added, blend for a few seconds more.

Season to taste with more salt and lemon juice.

by Sarah J. Gim on February 19, 2011 · 3 comments

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mia February 24, 2011 at 5:21 am

OMG! this looks amazing! I want to eat it!


Doc Rock February 24, 2011 at 8:47 am

I’ve used this method many, many times, including in a restaurant I ran years ago and never had a failure. The only difference in my recipe was white pepper instead of cayenne. You need to be careful not to heat the butter to the point where the solids separate out and leave you with clarified butter and dregs.


Gavin February 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Regular hollandaise is simple to make and even simpler to fix. What do you mean by “failed”? Did the sauce break? Protip: If your hollandaise breaks, add water one drop at a time until it emulsifies. It usually only takes a few drops.


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