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Chef John's Butterless Bearnaise Sauce Recipe
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  • READY IN 15 mins

Chef John's Butterless Bearnaise Sauce

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"This is a really quick, easy, nice sauce for steak that has no butter. Did I mention it has no butter? Just a few minutes of preparation and onto the steak it goes."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    15 mins


  1. Whisk egg yolks, black pepper, tarragon Dijon mustard, tarragon vinegar, water, and salt in a metal mixing bowl or small saucepan. Place over low heat and whisk until mixture foams, small wisps of steam appear from the sauce, and sauce is hot and thick, 1 to 2 minutes. Raise and lower the pan over the heat to increase or reduce heat.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk a few more seconds to make sauce slightly fluffy. Serve immediately.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • If you want to go the extra step and put some fresh tarragon or chopped shallot in this, sure! Go ahead! If you can't get tarragon vinegar, use white wine vinegar instead.

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Dec 01, 2013

I just whipped up a bit of this wonderful bernaise sauce. I followed the recipe with the exception of not having the tarragon mustard so I used crushed dried tarragon leaves and regular dijon mustard. It was creamy and rich tasting. Didn't miss the butter at all. I drenched a few slices of french baguette with it and it was outstanding. Thanks Chef John.

Oct 02, 2013

So sorry, but we just didn't like this very much, and I love bernaise. It tasted harsh from the vinegar and mustard, and didn't have that silky texture that the traditional recipe has, which makes sense since it's butterless. I guess we will just stick to the regular bernaise. Thanks for posting an interesting idea, though.


4 Ratings

Apr 27, 2015

Not bad for butterless! I'm more partial to the real deal in moderation... bring on the BUTTER & CREAM! I'll just have to run more laps.


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  • Calories
  • 30 kcal
  • 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 102 mg
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 164 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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