Bearnaise sauce

Bearnaise sauce

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  • Easy
  • 10 minutes
  • 5 minutes


  • 300 g butter
  • 4 T white wine vinegar
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 3 T fresh tarragon, chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 t lemon juice

Cooking Instructions

Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat, until it starts to foam. Take care to not let it burn.

Remove from the heat and set aside for a few minutes. Pour through a very fine sieve and discard the milk solids left in the sieve.

Pour the vinegar into a saucepan and add the shallots, tarragon and salt to taste. Heat until the liquid has reduced by half. Strain and set aside to cool.

Lightly beat the egg yolks with 1 t water. Stir the egg-yolk mixture into the cooled vinegar and add the lemon juice. Pour the mixture into a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering (not boiling) water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.

Whisk constantly until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of spoon and has increased in volume. Make sure the water in the saucepan doesn’t boil; this will prevent the sauce from splitting.

Remove from the heat and slowly pour in the butter in a steady stream, whisking continuously until the mixture is thick and smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

For a step-by-step video on how to make this recipe, click the link: Bearnaise sauce

Buy all the ingredients you need from the Woolworths online store here.

Hannah Lewry Recipe by: Hannah Lewry
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    May 8, 2020

    Tarragon? I have never been able to get it from Woollies or any green grocer in SA