Quick Bearnaise Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.


1 cup

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
Bearnaise sauce is similar to Hollandaise but features wine and tarragon. This speedy recipe is delicious served over cooked vegetables or beef tenderloin. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Quick Bearnaise Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon, divided
  • 8 whole peppercorns, crushed
  • 1/2 cup cold butter


  1. In a small heavy saucepan, whisk the egg yolks and water. Cook and stir over low heat or simmering water until mixture bubbles around edges and reaches 160°, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the wine or broth, vinegar, shallot, 1-1/2 teaspoons tarragon and peppercorns. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Strain and set liquid aside.
  3. Cut cold butter into eight pieces; add to egg yolk mixture, one piece at a time, stirring after each addition until melted. Stir reserved liquid and remaining tarragon into prepared sauce. Serve immediately.

Bearnaise Sauce Tips

Why does my bearnaise sauce split?

There can be a few reasons why your bearnaise sauce could split. The most common scenario is that the fat was added too quickly. If you find yourself with a split bearnaise sauce, learn how to save a broken sauce one of these two ways.

Can you make bearnaise sauce in advance?

We recommend serving this bearnaise sauce immediately. Thankfully, our version is super speedy, so you'll be enjoying it in no time!

What can I serve bearnaise sauce with?

While we love pairing bearnaise sauce with beef tenderloin or spooned over cooked veggies, we also can't get enough of bearnaise sauce in this eggs Benedict bake.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 129 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.