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How to Fix a Broken Hollandaise Sauce

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by John Ash

No matter how skilled you are in the kitchen, emulsion sauces like hollandaise sometimes “break,” or separate. If this happens, you can try to correct it by whisking in a teaspoon or two of boiling water, a drop at a time. If that doesn’t work, put another egg yolk in a bowl and very slowly whisk in the broken sauce. Usually, the sauce will come back together with one of these methods.

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  • Blakdogz | 04/12/2011

    Never break a Hollandaise sauce! Heat egg, lemon juice/wine in heavy pan over direct med-lo heat, whisking rapidly. Add 1-2 pats of very cold butter and whisk till almost incorporated, then add another pat.Keep adding butter till thick. Season w/s&p and a dash of tabasco. NEVER breaks!

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