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Stovetop Béarnaise Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Béarnaise sauce is a derivative of Hollandaise sauce - one of the five mother sauces of the culinary world. It's made just like Hollandaise, but using a tarragon-shallot reduction instead of lemon juice.
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Vegetarian, Sauces, hollandaise sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 184 kcal
  • 1 bunch fresh tarragon divided
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter 1 stick, melted
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  1. Combine half the bunch of tarragon, the shallots, peppercorns, vinegar and wine in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer until it has reduced by half. Let the mixture cool and strain through a fine strainer.
  2. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over medium high heat. Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat to a minimum and allow the water to cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine the tarragon reduction, egg yolks, lemon juice and salt together in a stainless steel bowl and whisk vigorously until the mixture has almost doubled in volume. Place the bowl over the simmering water and continue to whisk, making sure you don’t scramble the eggs. Remove the bowl from the saucepan if you suspect it might be getting too hot.
  4. Continue to stir vigorously, adding the butter as slowly as you can. Continue until all the butter has been incorporated into the egg yolks. The sauce should be thick and smooth. Check the seasonings and add the cayenne pepper and remaining leaves of tarragon, finely chopped. Hold the Bearnaise in the bowl covered with plastic wrap, over a barely simmering water bath.

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Nutrition Facts
Stovetop Béarnaise Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 239mg10%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 660IU13%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.