Spicy Hollandaise Sauce

Ready those Eggs Benedict for something spicy…

We love breakfast heat, no doubt about it. So a little spicy hollandaise sauce (heat by cayenne) over a delicious plate of Eggs Benedict – just the thought of it makes us smile. But hollandaise sauce can serve many more purposes as well. Try it over steamed vegetables like broccoli or asparagus. It makes a delicious spicy white sauce for biscuits, too. 

Spicy Hollandaise Sauce

Spicy Hollandaise Sauce

4 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 cayenne pepper power
  • Pinch of salt


  • Heat a saucepan filled with water until the water is lightly simmering.
  • Separately, in a steel mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks and lemon juice. Whisk them together until the liquid is thickened.
  • Place the mixing bowl above the simmering water (but not touching it) and continue whisking while drizzling in the melted butter. The sauce should thicken more during the process.
  • Remove the sauce from above the simmering water and add in the cayenne pepper powder and a pinch of salt. Whisk the sauce until all is combined.
  • User immediately or cover until needed for your meal, stirring it prior to serving.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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