Bearnaise Sauce

Sauce Béarnaise

Preparation info
  • Makes 1½ Cups to Serve

    8 to 12

    • Difficulty


Appears in
French Classics Made Easy

By Richard Grausman

Published 2011

  • About

A BÉARNAISE SAUCE is essentially a hollandaise sauce made with a reduction of tarragon, chervil, shallots, pepper, wine, and vinegar instead of lemon juice. Its delicious blend of flavors makes it one of France’s most popular sauces. Although usually served with grilled steak, it is also ideal with other grilled meats, fish, and poultry.

Classically, the shallots are first sautéed to soften, and only vinegar is used in the reduction. I do not sauté the shallots, creating a slightly