Bearnaise Sauce

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Bearnaise sauce is traditionally served with beef.

Take care not to add the melted butter too quickly or the sauce will curdle and split.


  • 6 crushed peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (white wine or tarragon vinegar)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 200gms butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely choppped tarragon


Place the peppercorns and vinegar in a small stainless steel saucepan and reduce to one third. Remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon of cold water. Allow to cool.

Whisk in the egg yolks in a bowl and add the reduction. Place the bowl over a simmering pan of water and continue whipping until the yolks form ribbons.

Gradually add the warm melted butter whisking constantly until thoroughly combined.
Add the lemon juice, shallots and tarragon and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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  1. My husband rarely comments on meals, just eats happily whatever is put in front of him. He commented 3 times how good the bernaise was. I followed the recipe to the letter and it will be my new go to!