Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict is a rich and bold breakfast that is great for lazy weekend mornings, brunch, or holidays! Crispy bacon, flavorful eggs, and smooth hollandaise sauce make for one delicious bite.

Both our Eggs Benedict Casserole and Eggs Benedict with Asparagus recipes are based off this tasty original! Try this unique breakfast recipe and you won’t be disappointed.

Eggs Benedict topped with fresh parsley on a white plate

What is Eggs Benedict?

Eggs Benedict is a classic and traditional breakfast that starts with an English muffin and topped with bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce.

And what is hollandaise sauce? It is made with melted butter, egg yolks, and lemon juice. It’s very rich and can be a little intimidating to make—but with my tips and tricks you will do a great job!

This is such a delicious breakfast. When you have a few extra minutes in the morning, definitely try this recipe! It’s definitely not a “on-the-go” breakfast, but it’s not too hard either! Take your time to make and fully enjoy your eggs Benedict—you deserve it!

Cooking eggs in a pan for eggs Benedict recipe

Different Ways to Make It

It seems like there are a few different ways to make eggs Benedict. There are different methods to poaching eggs—the old fashioned way, or with an egg poacher. We prefer the old-fashioned method.

Start by adding water to a large saucepan and fill with water to 2/3 full. Bring to a boil and then add the vinegar. Bring water back to a boil and then turn to low to simmer.

Add a cracked egg to a small bowl and slowly pour it into the simmering water, using a spatula to make sure it stays all together. Repeat with more eggs. Cover the pan with a lid, turn off heat and let sit for 4-5 minutes.

Remove the eggs (in the order they were placed in) with a slotted spoon. (NOTE: You may need to change cooking times based on how you like your eggs).

Poached eggs in a pan

How to Make Eggs Benedict

After you have poached your eggs and removed them from the pan, make the hollandaise sauce (more info on that below!).

Toast the English muffins to a golden brown. Assemble the eggs Benedict by buttering one side of the muffin, adding bacon, a poached egg and then hollandaise sauce on top. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Pour yourself a large glass of orange juice, sit down and enjoy every last bite!

Pouring hollandaise sauce over eggs Benedict

Hollandaise Sauce

Make the hollandaise sauce by first melting 10 tablespoons of butter in the microwave.

Add 3 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of salt to a blender and blend it on medium speed for 30 seconds. Eggs should be light in color. Slowly add the melted butter to the blender and blend on LOW until all combined.

Garnish the eggs Benedict with a little chopped parsley, a sprinkle of paprika, freshly ground pepper, or some chopped chives.

Close up of eggs Benedict smothered in homemade hollandaise sauce

How to Make ahead + STORE

Since egg whites do not freeze well, I don’t recommend freezing this recipe. However, you can store poached eggs in the fridge for 1-2 days. The bacon and Sauce can also be pre-made and stored in the fridge. This is great news for those who want to prep all the ingredients ahead of time, or if you have leftover ingredients.

To store poached eggs in the fridge:

  1. Once the eggs have been poached immediately put them in an ice bath to cool.
  2. Carefully remove any stringy, wispy edges and place poached eggs in bowl full of cold water.
  3. Store in the fridge for a day. Two days tops.
  4. Reheat: Bring a pot of water to a simmer. Place the egg in the water for about a minute to warm it up.

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Eggs Benedict Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Eggs Benedict is a rich and bold breakfast that is great for lazy weekend mornings, brunch, or holidays! Crispy bacon, flavorful eggs, and smooth hollandaise sauce make for one delicious bite.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 613 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Eggs Benedict

  • 8 slices bacon
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 2 English muffins
  • water

Hollandaise Sauce

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Cook bacon and set aside. (Ham or Canadian bacon works too).
  • Poach eggs. You can do this with an egg poacher or the old-fashioned method. Add water to a large saucepan and fill with water to 2/3 full. Bring to a boil and then add vinegar. Bring water back to a boil and then turn to low to simmer.
  • Add a cracked egg to a small bowl and slowly pour it into the simmering water, using a spatula to make sure it stays all together. Repeat with more eggs. Cover the pan with a lid, turn off heat and let sit for 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove eggs (in the order they were placed in) with a slotted spoon. (NOTE: You may need to change cooking times based on how you like your eggs).
  • Make hollandaise sauce by melting 10 tbsp butter. Add 3 egg yolks, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp salt to a blender and blending on medium speed for 30 seconds. Eggs should be light in color. Slowly add the melted butter to the blender and blend on LOW until all combined.
  • While eggs are finishing cooking, toast English muffins. Assemble eggs benedict by buttering one side, adding bacon, a poached egg and then hollandaise sauce on top. Garnish with chopped parsley.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    This is such a hearty breakfast, packed with lots of flavor. The hollandaise sauce is so tasty & creamy. I can’t imagine it without the sauce.

  2. 5 stars
    Probably my husbands favorite breakfast. Anything with a sauce makes for a great morning meal. Its a bit better than your standard cereal.