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Under 30 Minutes

Bearnaise Sauce

Bearnaise sauce must be kept at a constant temperature. Make it no more than 20 minutes before serving; keep warm near stove.

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  • Yield: Makes about 1 cup
Bearnaise Sauce

Source: Everyday Food, December 2003


  • 2/3 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Coarse salt


  1. In a small saucepan, bring vinegar, shallot, and tarragon to a boil. Cook until liquid has reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 4 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Rinse out saucepan, and return strained vinegar.

  2. Add egg yolks and 2 tablespoons water. Cook, over low heat, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens and forms thick ribbons, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Whisk in butter, if sauce gets too hot (it starts to bubble), remove from heat and whisk in a piece of butter. Continue whisking until all the butter has been absorbed, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately transfer to a bowl to stop further cooking. Season with salt. Use immediately, or keep warm over a pan of barely simmering water.

Reviews (1)

  • ageiceami 14 Jun, 2014

    Really strong vinegar taste. I think next time I will use more egg yolks (perhaps mine were too small), and a bit more butter, while cutting back the vinegar by a tablespoon or so. Well written step-by-step instructions, though.

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