For my money, the very best classic steak sauce you can make at home, a sauce that will wow your guests with its flavor and elegance, and—most importantly—a sauce that can be made start to finish in under half an hour, is béarnaise. The catch (there's always a catch) is that made with the classic technique, it's very easy to mess up. Here is a foolproof technique that uses hot butter and a hand blender for perfect results every time.

The Food Lab: How to Make Foolproof Béarnaise Sauce

For my money, the very best classic steak sauce you can make at home, a sauce that will wow your guests with its flavor and elegance, and—most importantly—a sauce that can be made start to finish in under half an hour, is béarnaise. The catch (there's always a catch) is that made with the classic technique, it's very easy to mess up. Here is a foolproof technique that uses hot butter and a hand blender for perfect results every time.

Bernaise Sauce. From my Julia Child The French Chef Cookbook dated 1969!!! Maria Hughes

Bernaise Sauce. From my Julia Child The French Chef Cookbook dated 1969!!! Maria Hughes

While this recipe will take some time to prepare, it is well worth it. You can prepare the bernaise sauce shortly before the steaks go on the grill.

Grilled Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce

While this recipe will take some time to prepare, it is well worth it. You can prepare the bernaise sauce shortly before the steaks go on the grill.

This deliciously creamy herb sauce is so simple to make using a microwave, but if you do not have one, place your bowl over a pan of simmering water to heat it gently. Excellent German recipe for Bernaise sauce. Great on steaks, chicken, vegetables and fish.

This deliciously creamy herb sauce is so simple to make using a microwave, but if you do not have one, place your bowl over a pan of simmering water to heat it gently. Excellent German recipe for Bernaise sauce. Great on steaks, chicken, vegetables and fish.

Foolproof Bearnaise Sauce. We'll see. One of those things I've never nailed consistently. Still J. Kenji Lopez Alt's recipes are great and generally well thought through. I see what he's getting at with the set up here.

Foolproof Béarnaise Sauce

Foolproof Bearnaise Sauce. We'll see. One of those things I've never nailed consistently. Still J. Kenji Lopez Alt's recipes are great and generally well thought through. I see what he's getting at with the set up here.

Bernaise Sauce (for steaks)

Bernaise Sauce (for steaks)

This classic French sauce is made from a reduction of butter, vinegar, and wine mixed with tarragon and thickened with egg yolks. It is served with meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.

Bearnaise is the best sauce! I would eat this meal every day if I could!

Bearnaise is the best sauce! I would eat this meal every day if I could!

this is the Bernaise sauce i made once, and that came out good, and its simple comparatively

Béarnaise Sauce

this is the Bernaise sauce i made once, and that came out good, and its simple comparatively

This deliciously creamy herb sauce is so simple to make using a microwave, but if you do not have one, place your bowl over a pan of simmering water to heat it gently. Excellent German recipe for Bernaise sauce. Great on steaks, chicken, vegetables and fish.

This deliciously creamy herb sauce is so simple to make using a microwave, but if you do not have one, place your bowl over a pan of simmering water to heat it gently. Excellent German recipe for Bernaise sauce. Great on steaks, chicken, vegetables and fish.

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