Making hollandaise sauce the traditional way may be time-honored, but it takes a lot of effort and is easy to mess up. If you have an immersion blender at home, here's how you can make perfectly creamy hollandaise every time, in no time.
In addition to the traditional ingredients for hollandaise sauce (egg yolks, water, salt, more below), you need an immersion blender, glass measuring cup, and a cup that is barely wider than the head of your immersion blender. In the video above J. Kenji Lopez-Alt shows you how to use this technique, but if you can't watch it here are the basic steps:
- Combine an egg yolk, water, salt, and lemon juice in the immersion blender cup.
- Slowly drizzle melted butter from the glass measuring cup into the cup with the immersion blender.
The hot butter cooks the egg yolk as you blend everything together, resulting in a creamy, rich sauce. You should serve the sauce ASAP while everything is emulsified, before it breaks or separates. Since this technique only takes about a minute, you can do it just before serving. For specific measurements and everything, hit the link below for the full recipe.
The Food Lab: How to Make 1-Minute Hollandaise [Serious Eats (YouTube)]