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Foolproof Perfect Béarnaise Sauce

Foolproof Perfect Béarnaise Sauce

Bearnaise Sauce Recipe

Making Béarnaise, the King of steak sauces, can be intimidating for even the most experienced home cook. But with our method, even a beginner in the kitchen will be able to serve up perfect Béarnaise every single time.

In my world, there’s nothing better than a perfectly cooked steak, drenched (DRENCHED!) in equally perfectly made Béarnaise sauce. The silky smooth texture, the richness, the tangy acidity, and the slight kick from the tarragon – it’s just the ultimate steak dinner companion. And honestly, not just steak dinner. It’s amazing with grilled fish, perfect with pan fried vegetables and it even has its place on the brunch table in my house.

Bearnaise-Sauce

But, to be clear, over the years – I have ruined dozens of Béarnaise sauce batches, using the traditional method of hand whisking clarified butter into an egg yolk mixture in a bain marie. And I’ve cursed my whisking technique to hell multiple times, while sweating away to be able to serve the sauce at the perfect time and temperature.

Luckily for me – and by association, for you too – those days are over. With this Béarnaise-technique, chances of failing are ZERO. You’ll end up with perfectly fluffy, creamy and delicious sauce – every single time.

The secret?

Blending.

Yup. The trusty blender (immersion or countertop) to the rescue once again. Read on to get some more background information on Béarnaise sauce, or jump straight down to the recipe to start cooking!

Bearnaise Sauce Recipe

About Béarnaise:

Originating from southwestern France, Béarnaise sauce was created by Chef Jean-Louis Françoise-Collinet in the 19th century. Béarnaise sauce combines clarified butter and egg yolks with flavorful shallots, tarragon, chervil, and white wine vinegar.

Hollandaise’s Delicious Cousin:

Although Béarnaise and Hollandaise sauces both share a creamy base of emulsified butter and egg yolks, it’s the addition of tarragon and shallots that sets Béarnaise apart, giving it a unique flavor.

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What to Serve it With:

Transform your grilled or pan-fried meats, fish, and chicken into something extraordinary with a drizzle of Béarnaise sauce. Even vegetables and eggs Benedict get an amazingly delicious upgrade with a spoonful of this golden sauce.

Master the Traditional Technique:

The traditional way of making Béarnaise sauce is to use a double boiler or bain-marie to gently heat the ingredients while constantly whisking. This method ensures a smooth and creamy consistency without the risk of curdling – in theory. In reality, it is hit and miss for most home cooks – which is why our method is so much better.

Versions:

For a fun twist on the classic Béarnaise, explore variations like Foyot sauce, which incorporates a meat glaze, or Choron sauce, an awesome blend of Béarnaise and tomato purée, perfect for adding an extra layer of flavor.

Fresh is Best:

Béarnaise sauce is best served immediately after preparation to maintain its silky texture. If you need to store it briefly, choose a warm spot to avoid separation, but remember that refrigeration can cause the sauce to solidify and lose its smoothness.

Bearnaise Sauce Recipe


Step by Step Guide to Making Perfect Béarnaise Sauce


Prepare the Reduction:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine white wine, vinegar, chervil stems, tarragon stems, shallot slices, and black peppercorns.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  3. Cook until reduced to about 1 1/2 tablespoons, typically around 15 minutes.
  4. Strain the reduction into a small bowl, ensuring to extract as much liquid as possible.

Make the Béarnaise Base:

  1. In a blender or a container suitable for an immersion blender, combine the strained reduction, egg yolks, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Melt the butter in a separate saucepan until foaming subsides, then transfer to a measuring cup.

Emulsify the Sauce:

  1. With the blender running at medium speed, gradually add the hot melted butter to the egg yolk mixture, ensuring it emulsifies and becomes thick and creamy.
  2. Season with salt to taste and mix again.

Final Touch:

  1. Stir in the finely chopped tarragon and chervil by hand.
  2. Serve immediately, or keep warm up to an hour before serving in a small lidded pan on very low heat. Whisk before serving.

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Bearnaise Sauce Recipe

Foolproof Perfect Béarnaise Sauce


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  • Author: Kalle Bergman
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x

Description

Making Béarnaise, the King of steak sauces, can be intimidating for even the most experienced home cook. But with our method, even a beginner in the kitchen will be able to serve up perfect Béarnaise every single time.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 sprigs chervil (leaves finely chopped, stems reserved)
  • 4 sprigs tarragon (leaves finely chopped, stems reserved)
  • 1 small shallot (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) salted butter

Instructions

Prepare the Reduction:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine white wine, vinegar, chervil stems, tarragon stems, shallot slices, and black peppercorns.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  3. Cook until reduced to about 1 1/2 tablespoons, typically around 15 minutes.
  4. Strain the reduction into a small bowl, ensuring to extract as much liquid as possible.

Make the Béarnaise Base:

  1. In a blender or a container suitable for an immersion blender, combine the strained reduction, egg yolks, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Melt the butter in a separate saucepan until foaming subsides, then transfer to a measuring cup.

Emulsify the Sauce:

  1. With the blender running at medium speed, gradually add the hot melted butter to the egg yolk mixture, ensuring it emulsifies and becomes thick and creamy.
  2. Season with salt to taste and mix again.

Final Touch:

  1. Stir in the finely chopped tarragon and chervil by hand.
  2. Serve immediately, or keep warm up to an hour before serving in a small lidded pan on very low heat. Whisk before serving.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: French
View Comments (7)
  • I love love love bearnaise but I never tried to make it myself because I didn’t think I could make it work. However, this is such a great hack and I finally mustered up the courage to do it and it was fricking fantastic!






  • i have been looking for this all over and eventually stumbled upon this post. time to cook some steak, because this is so great.






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