How To Reheat Bearnaise Sauce?

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Reheating Bearnaise sauce can be a tricky task, as this delicate French sauce can easily separate or lose its creamy texture if not handled properly. Whether you’ve made a batch of homemade Bearnaise sauce or have some leftover from a restaurant meal, knowing the right way to reheat it is essential to preserve its flavor and consistency. Here I’ll walk you through  How to reheat Bearnaise sauce with perfection. From stovetop techniques to microwave hacks, I’ve got you covered on how to enjoy your Bearnaise sauce just like it was freshly made. So, let’s dive in and elevate your culinary skills with these reheating tips!

How To Reheat Bearnaise Sauce

What is Bearnaise Sauce ?

It’s a delicious, creamy traditional French sauce. Typically, it is produced by reducing wine and vinegar and then combining it with shallots, tarragon, and occasionally chervil. The sauce is then thickened with the addition of butter and egg yolks. It’s frequently consumed with meat, fish, eggs, and veggies. Chef Collinet created this decadent sauce for the opening of his restaurant in Paris, France, in 1836, and it has been a source of happiness for people ever since.

How To Make Bearnaise Sauce ?


  • Shallots,
  • White Wine
  • Tarragon
  • Vinegar
  • Black Pepper
  • Egg Yolks
  • Salt
  • Ground Red Pepper
  • Lemon Juice
  • Butter


Step 1

In a small saucepan, cook the first five ingredients over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the liquid evaporates.

Step 2

Fill a 3 1/2-quart saucepan to the brim with 1 1/2 inches of water and heat over medium-high heat. Lower the temperature to a simmer on medium.

Step 3

Whisk the egg yolks, salt, and red pepper in a 3-quart heatproof basin. Add lemon juice gradually while stirring continuously. After submerging the bowl in boiling water, cook it for three minutes, stirring often, or until the mixture gets thickened.

Step 4

Three batches of the butter pieces should be beaten into the egg mixture at a time until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth and thickened. Take off the heat. Add the shallot mixture and stir. Serve right away.

How To Store Bearnaise sauce?

Serve this sauce warm and fresh, if at all possible. If not, store it in the refrigerator for up to two days in an airtight jar. The eggs can easily fry when reheated, so proceed with caution.

How To Reheat Bearnaise Sauce?

There are several way to reheat bearnaise sauce .

Reheat in Microwave 

  • Switch the microwave to low (20%) and put the bearnaise sauce in a bowl that is safe to use.
  • For five seconds, preheat the bearnaise sauce.
  • Examine the sauce and give it a good stir for a few moments.
  • To make the bearnaise sauce just warm, repeat the heating and stirring cycle; do not cook it until it is hot.

The sauce takes ten seconds to warm. The sauce will split if it is microwaved for an excessive amount of time. The sauce remains emulsified by stirring.

If you are unable to choose a low power level on your microwave, operate in even smaller 5-second intervals. It worked really well when I tested it with my sauce.

Although a whisk would be ideal, a spoon will do as long as you apply enough of elbow grease.

Reheat in Double Boiler

  • Assemble the dual boiler. Alternatively, make do with a pot and a bowl.
  • Transfer the bearnaise sauce into a bowl and bring the water to a boil over a low heat setting.
  • Continue whisking the sauce vigorously as it cooks.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and stir until the sauce reaches the appropriate temperature after it has warmed through and the sauce has softened.

Since a twin boiler uses residual heat, it is a mild heating method. The bowl is warmed by the hot water, which also warms the sauce.

Maintaining a cool water temperature is the most important factor. Boiling or simmering the water is not what you want. The food just has to be warmed through. 

Take the sauce off the stove and whisk in a few drops of warm water if it begins to separate. The water should aid in the sauce’s reunification.

Reheat in Stove 

  • Set the heat on your stove as low as possible.
  • Transfer the bearnaise sauce to a skillet with a thick bottom and heat it up on the stove.
  • As the sauce cooks, stir it frequently and, if it gets too hot, briefly remove the pan from the heat.
  • Add a few drops of warm water or melted butter and whisk rapidly if splitting appears (optional).
  • Serve the sauce right away after heating it to lukewarm.

Because it employs direct heat, making bearnaise sauce on a stove is one of the riskier methods. Nonetheless, the sauce will be OK if you cook it on a low heat.

Here, the pan you use really does make a difference. Use the pan with the thickest bottom you have because a thin pan can heat up unevenly and too quickly. Size is important as well. The pan should be the appropriate size for the quantity of sauce you are using.

Reheat in Water Bath 

  • Put the bearnaise sauce in a freezer bag and use your hands to gently soften it.
  • Place some warm water in a bowl. The water should be just warm enough to make your sauce, but not hot enough.
  • After the bearnaise sauce has cooked for three to four minutes, place the frozen bag in a bowl of warm water.
  • Squeeze the sauce with your hands and stir it around in the bag every thirty seconds.
  • Snip off a piece of the freezer bag and squeeze out the sauce to serve it hot.

This is a hands-off way to heat because you don’t have to stir it constantly. Smaller amounts of sauce are best; bigger amounts will take longer to cook through.

In your water bath, avoid utilizing water that is boiling or almost boiling. It should be easy for you to dip your finger into the water. You can always add extra hot water if the sauce doesn’t heat up, but it will be harder to salvage if it splits.

How To Keep Bearnaise Sauce Warm?

Using a thermos is the best way to maintain the warmth of bearnaise sauce. Pour boiling water into a thermos and then remove the cap to preheat it. Pour the bearnaise sauce into the thermos once it has been completely empty. Your bearnaise sauce will stay warm in the prepared thermos for up to one hour.

Here are some more methods to keep the bearnaise sauce warm:

  • When the water starts to cool, replace it with a warm water bath.
  • Set a basin over a boiling water pot.
  • Turn the oven down to 200°F (90°C), or the ‘warm’ setting.
  • utilizing a pan that is “warm” on the stove.

But exercise cautious! When holding the bearnaise sauce, if you use too high a temperature, it may split or the egg yolks may scramble. Don’t worry if your sauce separates while it’s heating. Re-emulsifying it is one way to try to save it; I go into how to do this below. 

The bearnaise sauce can be refrigerated for up to one hour before using it. The sauce will be in the germ danger zone after 1 hour.

What is The best Way to Fix a Broken Sauce?

When warming, there’s always a chance that your bearnaise sauce will break.  However, don’t freak out—not everything is gone. Re-emulsifying a broken bearnaise sauce involves two steps.

The Hot Water Method

Add a small amount of hot (not boiling) water and whisk as if your life depended on it. That’s the first stage. One drop at a time, carefully add the water. You should use one teaspoon of sauce per piece.

This is definitely where a whisk, not a spoon, is needed. Better still if you already own a blender. For many minutes, whisk continuously until the sauce starts to re-combine.

The Egg Yolk Method

The second way is to gradually whisk your separated sauce into a fresh egg yolk. While whisking, slowly pour the sauce into the egg yolk. A blender, if you have one, works great for this. Otherwise, get set to work hard!

The sauce is lost if, after vigorous whisking, none of these methods yield results.

Final Words

Reheating Bearnaise sauce is an art that requires finesse and care to maintain its rich flavor and creamy texture. By following the right methods, you can enjoy your Bearnaise sauce just as deliciously as when it was freshly made. Whether you opt for gentle stovetop reheating or the convenient microwave method, remember to stir gently and reheat in short intervals to avoid any curdling. With these tips, you can savor your Bearnaise sauce with your favorite dishes time and time again, ensuring a delightful culinary experience with every bite.

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