Classic Eggs Benedict Recipe

April 16th is Eggs Benedict Day. I had no idea such a day even existed until I did a quick Google search awhile back looking for recipes, but since I LOVE Eggs Benedict, I'm totally on board with it having its own day. 

I enjoy cooking a leisurely breakfast on Sunday mornings and there's nothing better than using fresh eggs collected that very morning.

 They are wonderful scrambled, over easy, fried, and as omelets...but if I had to choose just one way to eat eggs for the rest of my life, I would chose Benedict-style.

The keys to a perfect Eggs Benedict are fresh eggs and fresh lemon juice. This is actually a very easy recipe, it's just getting the technique and timing down that takes a few tries.

 But that just gives you an excuse to make it often and hone your technique !

Since timing is so critical, be sure to have all your ingredients measured out and ready before you start.

Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe (serves two)

Four eggs plus 4 yolks
2 split English muffins (or four slices of toast)
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons water 
1 stick cold salted butter, cut into 1/2" cubes
Salt & white pepper to taste
Fresh grated nutmeg, optional

Poach four of the eggs in simmering water until soft set and keep warm.  You really want the yolks to be a bit runny for this recipe, so you're looking at a simmering time of just about 3 minutes. Be sure the water is unsalted and the eggs aren't crowded.

Toast the muffins (or bread) and keep warm.

Meanwhile, for the sauce, whisk the egg yolks, fresh lemon juice and water in a heatproof non-reactive/glass bowl set over a small pot of boiling water. 

Slowly add the butter, a few pieces at a time, until it's all incorporated, whisking continuously. Continue to cook for another minute or two until sauce thickens. Season with salt and white pepper. Immediately remove from heat. 

Using a slotted spoon, place an egg on each muffin half or slice of toast, cover generously with the Hollandaise sauce, and grate fresh nutmeg on top (optional).

You can also add a slice or two of bacon or a round of Canadian bacon or ham, but I prefer to keep it simple and let the fresh eggs and velvety sauce be the stars of this dish!

So, see? Not too hard once you get the timing down so all the components are ready at the same time.

But just in case, let's do it once again...this time with photos...

-whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water-
-add cubes of butter a few at a time, whisking until incorporated- 

-continue to whisk for another few minutes until the sauce thickens, then season to taste and ladle over your eggs-

Voila! Heaven on a plate!

I love Eggs Benedict equally on an English muffin or toast. And honestly, we're alot more apt to have bread laying around then English muffins!
As a variation, butter the toast and put it on the side instead of under the eggs (the bread is perfect for sopping up the last bit of rich, delicious sauce at the end), or try skipping the muffins or bread altogether and just serve the egg and Hollandaise over a bed of spinach, with sliced avocado or mixed salad greens or just the eggs themselves topped with sauce.

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From Extra Crispy/Time Magazine:


  1. I do put the round of Canadian Bacon And a slice of tomato on the muffin before adding the egg, which I lightly fry In cooking spray instead of poach, if I'm short on time, and finishing with the hollandaise (I cheat on that and make my sauce from a package). It's all good.

    1. Oh I bet tomato would be good! I never thought to fry the eggs - and I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of runny eggs, so I'll have to try frying them next time. Do try making your own sauce tho - with fresh eggs, its really divine! And it isn't hard. Even if it curdles or separates, it might not look that great, but it still tastes good!

  2. We eat alot of eggs so I always love seeing your egg recipes here on FED. thanks so much for linking it up to katie's language cafe's friday recipe link up! ~~katie

  3. Canned or fresh asparagus makes a good side. Also, try using shaved ham, or using two slices of grilled or fried eggplant instead of the bread.

  4. I too am an Eggs Benedict FANATIC! I love them and order them whenever I find them on a menu. I get really put out when the eggs are overcooked! I have always been too scared to try it on my own, but it will be nice now to have a recipe for when I decide to give it a go. Thanks for bringing your awesome recipes to The Yuck Stops Here recipe link party. I can't wait to see what you bring next week! HUGS


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