Healthy Hollandaise sauce

Healthy Hollandaise Sauce made with Greek yogurt is guilt free delicious!

This Healthy Hollandaise Sauce is a lighter, GUILT-FREE “faux” Hollandaise Sauce that tastes just as good as the real thing WITHOUT ANY butter!    It’s luxuriously creamy thanks to the Greek yogurt and delightfully flavorful due to to hand picked seasonings, that you won’t even miss the butter!   This Healthy Hollandaise Sauce is amazing on everything – from eggs Benedict and asparagus to salmon and shrimp.  I can’t wait for you to try this guilt-free “indulgence!”

Healthy Hollandaise Sauce recipe made with Greek yogurt over asparagus

WHAT IS HOLLANDAISE SAUCE?

If you’ve devoured Eggs Benedict, its more than likely you’ve enjoyed, rich, creamy, buttery, smooth Hollandaise Sauce. Classic Hollandaise Sauce is an emulsified sauce made by whisking lemon juice and butter with egg yolks over a double boiler.   

Hollandaise Sauce is so divine, it is one of the five Mother Sauces in French cuisine (despite the Dutch name origin) – AKA you need a Hollandaise Sauce recipe in your life — and now you can enjoy it guilt free with this faux HEALTHY Hollandaise Sauce recipe!

I remember the first time I made Hollandaise sauce –  it was wonderfully, rich, creamy and decadent.  I served it over Mozzarella Asparagus Chicken Rotallini and it tasted absolutely divine.

I should have enjoyed it. I should have enjoyed it A LOT.

But with ½ cup butter in only 1 cup Hollandaise sauce, I knew I wasn’t going to be making it again. The taste simply wasn’t worth all that fat!

So, when I knew I wanted to top my Savory Breakfast Crepes  with Hollandaise Sauce,  I was determined to make a skinny and more flavorful Hollandaise version.  

To make this Healthy Hollandaise Sauce recipe, I substituted the butter with one cup Greek yogurt and added some seasonings and the results are incredible! It’s rich and creamy and has so much flavor, you won’t feel cheated it’s not the real thing! 

In fact, you will never believe this isn’t the full fat version of Hollandaise Sauce! It tastes lusciously decadent with only a fraction of the fat and calories. You may even find yourself LOVING this Healthy Hollandaise Sauce more than the full fat version – I know I do!

front view of skinny, guilt-free Healthy Hollandaise Sauce recipe

Homemade Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients

This Healthy Hollandaise Sauce makes up for the lack of butter with the rich Greek Yogurt and adept seasoning. The seasonings aren’t overwhelming, but rather delightfully flavorful so you don’t even miss the butter!   

This healthy hollandaise sauce requires just a handful of pantry ingredients and seasonings. You will need: 

  • Plain Greek yogurt: Fat free, low fat or regular Greek yogurt are all delicious. 
  • Egg yolks: Gives this quick hollandaise its signature yellow color and makes it ultra creamy.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed will deliver the best flavor.
  • Garlic: Don’t add more than the recipe calls for. This delicate sauce can easily be overwhelmed by garlic.
  • Dijon mustard: Dijon has more of a kick to it than yellow mustard.
  • Spices: I used a mixture of ground cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, dried basil, salt, and ground pepper.
  • Granulated sugar: You need just ½ teaspoon to balance out the flavors in this healthy hollandaise sauce.
showing how to make Healthy Hollandaise Sauce recipe by adding eggs and Greek yogurt to a double broiler

How to Make Homemade Hollandaise Sauce

  1. Beat ingredients together over a double broiler.  Add yogurt, lemon juice, and egg yolks over a double broiler and beat to combine.  If you don’t have a double broiler – no problem!  You can place a strainer over a saucepan and place a bowl in the sieve, just like I did in these photos. 
  2. Stir until thickened. Heat the mixture over approximately 1″ simmering water, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. 
  3. Stir in seasonings.  Stir in Dijon (starting with 1 teaspoon), cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and basil. Taste and add approximately ½ teaspoon sugar, more or less depending on how “sour” your yogurt is. Taste and add additional Dijon, salt, pepper and/or red pepper flakes if desired.   That’s it for Healthy Hollandaise Sauce -SO easy and SO delicious!  

Tips for Making Homemade Hollandaise Sauce

  • Do NOT use regular yogurt as it is not nearly as thick as Greek yogurt.
  • You need 3 egg yolks for this recipe. Save the egg whites for another recipe, or use to make an egg white omelette.
  • When you set up the double boiler, make sure the bowl the ingredients are whisked in is NOT touching the hot water. If the bowl touches the water, you’ll scramble the egg yolks.
showing how to serve Healthy Hollandaise Sauce by spooning over asparagus

Can You Prep This Quick Hollandaise Sauce in Advance?

This easy hollandaise is best prepared right before serving and should take less than 15 minutes to make.  If you need to make it a little in advance, then keep the sauce warm until serving by placing the blender container in a pot of hot water.  You can keep in hot water for about one hour then replace the hot water.  Instructions for reheating below.

HOW TO STORE Healthy HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

This Healthy Hollandaise Sauce recipe should be refrigerated within 1 ½ hours of cooking in an airtight container then can be reheated per instructions below.

How to Reheat HOLLANDAISE SAUCE 

  • Microwave:  Add healthy hollandaise sauce to a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave Sauce at 50% power in 15-second increments just until warm – BUT NOT HOT, whisking in between increments.
  • Stovetop:  Place the homemade hollandaise sauce in the top pan of a double boiler or in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and heat just until warm, stirring often.

Can You Freeze Hollandaise Sauce?

I don’t recommend freezing this homemade hollandaise since it contains so much dairy. I worry it’d split once frozen!

Skinny guilt free Healthy Hollandaise Sauce over asparagus on a white plate

What to Serve with Homemade Hollandaise Sauce

This Healthy Hollandaise sauce is SO delicious you will want to put it on everything and it is delicious on everything!  Here are a few ideas:

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Healthy Hollandaise Sauce

This Healthy Hollandaise Sauce is a lighter, GUILT-FREE "faux" Hollandaise Sauce that tastes just as good as the real thing WITHOUT ANY butter! It's luxuriously creamy thanks to the Greek yogurt and delightfully flavorful due to to hand picked seasonings, that you won't even miss the butter! This Healthy Hollandaise Sauce is amazing on everything - from eggs Benedict and asparagus to salmon and shrimp. I can't wait for you to try this guilt-free "indulgence!"
Servings: 1 cups
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt *
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8-1/4 red pepper flakes
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar, more or less to taste

Instructions

  • Using a double boiler (or as pictured above, you can place a strainer over a saucepan and place a bowl in the sieve), thoroughly beat yogurt, lemon juice, and egg yolks. Stir in garlic.
  • Heat over approximately 1" simmering water, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
  • Stir in Dijon (starting with 1 teaspoon), basil, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Taste and add approximately ½ teaspoon sugar, more or less depending on how "sour" your yogurt is. Taste and add additional Dijon, salt, pepper and/or red pepper flakes if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*Fat free, low fat or regular Greek Yogurt are all delicious. Do NOT use regular yogurt as it is not nearly as thick as Greek yogurt.

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51 Comments

  1. Scott says

    Made this for my eggs Benedict this morning. Very tasty.

    • Jen says

      Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it Scott! That makes me happy 🙂

  2. Ashley says

    My boyfriend and I are amateur cooks and decided to try something on the edge of our skill set. We love eggs benedict but we LOVE eating healthy and minimizing saturated fats. This recipe was perfect! We loved it! Thank you!

    • Jen says

      Hi Ashley, I am so glad that you ventured out and tried this recipe and you loved it! yay! This hollandaise would be divine on eggs benedict – mmmm… Thanks so much for letting me know and I hope you find more recipes to love here!

  3. Nayoung says

    I tried this recipe today and the sauce came out beautifully, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Jen says

      You are most welcome Nayoung! I am so happy you enjoyed it! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Ashley Kierzek says

    This was incredibly tasty! Better than any “real” hollandaise I’ve ever had. I did use non fat geek yogurt and added about a 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch to thicken it up. Turned out amazing and very filling for my eggs benedict!

    • Jen says

      Hi Ashley, I am so happy you loved this recipe even more than “real” hollandaise! Great call on adding a little cornstarch to thicken your fat free Greek yogurt. I hope you find more recipes to love here!

      • Helen says

        I’m wondering if this faux hollandaise would be suitable for fish?

        • Jen says

          Absolutely! I think it would be delicious! Enjoy!

  5. Karen says

    Can this be refrigerated and reheated?

  6. Lavender Life UK says

    Hi Jen. Thank you very much. I never heard about Hollandaise sauce I until I was looking at Leek and Prawn Gratin recipe on the Good Food website. Do you know if this sauce can go on a recipe that will be cooked, please? Actually, think on this Leek and Prawn recipe it will be grilled in the grill oven. I really want to make it the day after tomorrow. Many thanks for sharing this recipe. I will try it.

    • Jen says

      Hi Lavender! I would use this sauce after you grill the shrimp as a dip or just spoon over. Enjoy!

  7. Zdenka Rosecky says

    Can you please explain the first part of processing? Do you start to beat ingredients cold and late to stir over heat, or you do in a pot over boiling water from the beginning . The recipes is exactly what I am looking for. Less fat variation of my favourite sauce over asparagus. Thank you.

    • Jen says

      Hi Zdenka! Yes, you beat together the cold ingredients then you start your stove and heat over the simmering water for 15 minutes. Hope this helps!

  8. Therese says

    Hi Jen, How long will this keep in the fridge? I want to make it a day ahead for our retreat. I know the ladies will want it for a few days after too!! 🙂 Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Hi Therese! This should keep well for 3-5 days so you yous be great making it ahead of time. Have so much fun!!

  9. Christine Tsetso says

    I made this today to top poached eggs and asparagus. Although I wouldn’t call it “hollandaise”, I do consider it to be a more than suitable substitute! It was delicious and I am going to use the left overs to make egg salad for sandwiches instead of light mayo. I didnt have paprika so I used a dash of chipotle. If following Weight Watchers, this sauce is 0 Smart Points!

    • Jen says

      Hi Christine, I’m so happy you loved this recipe and that it’s 0 Weight Watchers points! It sounds fabulous with poached eggs and asparagus!

  10. Cyndy says

    I cut the recipe in half to serve over flank steak tournedos for the two of us. I ended up adding 3 X the amount of lemon juice because we really like a lemony flavor to our hollandaise. At first I thought it didn’t taste anything like hollandaise, so that’s when I added the extra lemon juice. At the end, I whisked in half a tablespoon of butter. It was very good.

    • Jen says

      Hi Cyndy, I’m so pleased you were able to make the hollandaise suite your tastes with extra lemon juice – it sounds delicious over your flank steak tournedos!

  11. Alli says

    Made this for a Mother’s Day salmon/spinach benedict. It was delicious and very comforting to know it was butterless!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Alli! I’m so pleased it was that much more enjoyable knowing it had less calories! Happy Mother’s Day!

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