Hollandaise Sauce may not be known as one of the classic sauces for steak, but it is an excellent sauce recipe to have up your sleeve and it does work well as a steak sauce.

Some people get really worried about making Hollandaise Sauce, because it has a difficult reputation, but this recipe is straightforward as long as you are careful and keep an eye on the cooking. Frankly, this is what any good cook should be doing anyway!

Hollandaise Sauce goes is a famous accompaniment for asparagus, but I love it with steak.

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You will need:

  • 6 Peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 125 g of butter
  • Your steak

How to make Hollandaise Sauce

First of all, put 6 peppercorns, a bay leaf and 6 tablespoon of white vinegar into a saucepan. Heat the pan so that the liquid reduces down to about 1 tablespoon. This means that you need to heat to be quite high, but as I said above, do keep a close eye on the mixture, because you don’t want it to bubble away completely.

Then use a sieve to remove the peppercorns and bay leaf, taking care not to lose any of the liquid.

Now, put the vinegar liquid into a food processor along with 2 egg yolks.

To get the egg yolks (the yellow bit!), you need to crack open the egg and carefully drop it into your hand over a sink, so that the clear part runs through your fingers and you are left with the yellow yolk.

egg yolk in hollandaise sauce

Now, gently melt 125g of butter and then, with the motor running, add it to the vinegar and egg yolks inside the food processor. The mixture should start to thicken, but if it gets too thick for you, add a little hot water.

Simple as that – your hollandaise sauce is nearly ready to finish!

When you are happy with the consistency, add some salt and pepper and then this delicious sauce for steak is ready for serving.

You will have noticed that there is not very much cooking involved, but don’t worry, because the melted butter will be hot enough to cook the egg yolks through without making them too hard.

Hollandaise sauce is not usually very hot when served, so while you are making it, you can make your steak too. There are different methods of cooking a steak, but frying or grilling is certainly the easiest.

Choose your favourite cut of steak and then place it into a hot pan of oil or butter and fry. As a general rule of thumb, 2 minutes each side for rare, 4 minutes each side for medium and 6 minutes each side for well done is sensible. Never forget to let the steak rest for 5 minutes on a hot plate afterwards as it will continue to cook and this will make sure that your steak is tasty, tender and succulent. Adding the hollandaise sauce means that you have a delicious meal to enjoy.

Fries, rocket salad, tomatoes and fried mushrooms always go well with this. Some asparagus out of respect to the hollandaise sauce is a good idea too!

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