How To Defrost Hollandaise Sauce

You've got bland steamed fish for dinner when you realize that you have a stock of Hollandaise sauce in the freezer. But how do you defrost it so you won't ruin its consistency and texture? That's what we researched to learn expert opinions, and here is the advice we've found.

There are three ways to defrost Hollandaise sauce:

  • Transfer it to the fridge and wait for it to thaw overnight.
  • Put it on the counter and let it defrost at room temperature.
  • Put it under running water to thaw.

Keep on reading to know more tips on how to thaw your frozen Hollandaise sauce without sacrificing its quality. We'll also teach you an easy way to prepare this classic sauce and how you can freeze and reheat it later on. Let's get started!


Homemade basic french sauce hollandaise in a white bowl with ingredients, butter, lemon, eggs, on a light blue slate stone, How To Defrost Hollandaise Sauce

Thawing Frozen Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise sauce is known the world over as the sauce used to make the breakfast classic eggs Benedict, a perfect culinary delight. But in case you didn't know, it is one of classical cuisine's five mother sauces.

It is the perfect foundation for other sauces as you can add other herbs and spices into it like cilantro, chipotle, wasabi, smoked paprika, and lime to create a sauce that'll complement whatever dish you have.

It's a great accompaniment to rich and savory meat dishes, steamed fish, grilled seafood, and fresh veggies. It is so versatile that you can use it every time to enhance your dishes and everyone will enjoy their dining experience.

That is why it is always a good idea to have a stock of this classic sauce so that you can use it whenever you need it. And for those asking, yes, you can keep Hollandaise sauce in the freezer where it can stay good for up to one month. Yey!

But of course, you can't use it straight from the freezer. You have to thaw it properly so that you can enjoy its buttery and creamy goodness.

Hollandaise sauce is not the usual frozen food that you can just put in the microwave for fast and easy thawing.

This will ruin its consistency as the egg yolks would separate from the butter or you can overcook it and the sauce will turn lumpy. This sauce is indeed very delicate to prepare.

That leaves you with three ways to thaw your sauce.

Eggs Benedict with little salad, milk and fresh herbs


If you have more than enough time until you have to use it for your dishes, you can get the right amount of Hollandaise sauce that you need and transfer it to the fridge. Keep it there overnight so that it will thaw evenly.

Open Refrigerator Filled With Fresh Fruits And Vegetable

At Room Temp

If you're a little bit pressed for time, take as much Hollandaise sauce as you need and put it in a sealed container. You can leave it on the counter to defrost. Just wait until it is in liquid form again.

Running Water

This method will also help you defrost your Hollandaise sauce faster. Put it inside a sealed container then place it under cool running water to thaw.

In all thawing methods mentioned above, wait until the sauce turns to a liquid state then give it thorough whisking before pouring it over your hot dish. Happy eating!

How to Make Hollandaise Sauce

hollandaise sauce cooking process

Looking at the basic ingredients of this sauce, one would think that it's easy enough to prepare.

But it can get quite tricky because this sauce is very delicate. Use too much heat and you'll be having scrambled eggs instead or use too little heat and you won't reach the right thickness required for its consistency.

That said, it isn't that simple to make the perfect Hollandaise sauce. It is an emulsion of egg yolks and butter and you add the right amount of lemon juice to create a sauce that's light, airy, and flavorful.

Once done, it should have a pale yellow color with a buttery scent, silky texture, and best of all, a rich creamy taste.

Here's the recipe for this sauce.


  • 2 egg yolks
  • unsalted butter
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil some water in a pan.
  2. In another pan, heat your butter over low to medium heat. Wait for it to melt.
  3. Put the egg yolks in a heatproof glass bowl.
  4. When the water is boiling already, put the heatproof glass bowl on the pan.
  5. Whisk the egg yolk thoroughly to achieve a rich consistency.
  6. Add some lemon juice.
  7. Slowly add the melted butter to the egg yolk.
  8. Continue to whisk the egg yolks and butter together until you reach a light, fluffy, and silky texture.
  9. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.

That's it! This is best served warm so go ahead and pour it over your dish and enjoy eating your sumptuous meal.

If you're not yet going to use the sauce, you can transfer it to an insulated vacuum flask or food warmer so that it'll retain its warm temperature ready for serving anytime.

Check out this insulated vacuum flask on Amazon.

Here's a quick video on how to make Hollandaise sauce for your reference.

Can you freeze and reheat the Hollandaise sauce?

Hollandaise sauce, a basic sauce of the French cuisine, served in a sauce boat, ingredients in the back

As we said earlier, you can stock up on this classic sauce in your freezer so that you'll always have a great accompaniment for your everyday dishes whatever they may be.

If you plan on preparing a big batch of Hollandaise sauce, you can always put the excess in the freezer so that you can use it later on.

Here's how to do it.

Freezing Hollandaise Sauce

  1. Wait until your fresh batch of Hollandaise sauce cools at room temperature.
  2. Separate them into smaller batches so that you'll only get one container each time you need to use this sauce. Put them in airtight containers or freezer bags.
  3. Label and put the date of storage on the containers.
  4. Put them in the freezer.

That's it! You'll have your supply of this classic sauce whenever you want it and it'll stay good for a month.

Reheating Hollandaise Sauce

This sauce is best served warm after all. So, if after thawing you feel like heating it, you can do so.

Just be careful with the amount of heat that you use since it is delicate. You don't want to overcook it or you'll have scrambled eggs! The key here is to always use low heat.

You can reheat your sauce using the microwave or stovetop. Here's how.


  1. Transfer your Hollandaise sauce to a microwave-safe container.
  2. Put your microwave power setting to 20% and set the timer to 15 seconds.
  3. Let it cool for another 15 seconds before you reheat it.
  4. Repeat until the sauce is warm enough for you.
  5. Whisk the sauce to regain its silky smooth consistency.


  1. Pour the thawed sauce into a skillet.
  2. Set the stove to low heat.
  3. Stir the sauce while heating.
  4. Add small amounts of water or melted butter to regain its consistency.

There you go! You can now serve your Hollandaise sauce with your prepared meals.

Final Thoughts

Homemade basic french sauce hollandaise in a white bowl with ingredients, butter, lemon, eggs, on a light blue slate stone

Now you know that you can keep Hollandaise sauce in your freezer so you can enjoy it with your favorite dishes anytime. You can put it in the fridge overnight, let it thaw at room temp, or under running water so that you can serve it together with your prepared meal.

For more food-thawing ideas, feel free to visit the following posts:

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