Duck Fat Hollandaise

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duck fat hollandaise sauce
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Hollandaise is one of those old-school French “mother sauces” they teach you in cooking school. Only I never went to cooking school. My introduction to Hollandaise came in the early 1980s, when my family would go out on Sunday mornings to brunch — that unloved child of breakfast and lunch. Wretched food. I still hate “brunching” to this day, and until recently I hated Hollandaise, too.

Duck fat changed me. At some point I realized that you can make a Hollandaise without butter, and that you can add a little cayenne to spice things up. What was once a miserable, clotty butter bomb becomes a zingy, ducky, mayonnaise-like dream sauce! It’s still mostly fat, so a little goes a long way.

And making Hollandaise does not have to be difficult: This sauce comes together easily in a blender in less than 5 minutes. What’s not to love?

Serve this hollandaise with poached duck breast, eggs — especially duck eggs — or asparagus. Pretty, ain’t it?

duck fat hollandaise sauce
5 from 3 votes

Duck Fat Hollandaise

If you like duck fat Hollandaise, you will love chicken fat Hollandaise or bacon fat hollandaise -- let your imagination run wild!
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: French
Servings: 4 people
Author: Hank Shaw
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of cayenne
  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 7 tablespoons melted duck fat
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter


  • Put the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and cayenne in a blender and buzz it for about 30 seconds on medium power.
  • Drop the speed of the blender to low and take the insert out of the top of the blender. Slowly drizzle in the melted duck fat and butter. Return the insert to the top of the blender, turn the power up to high and buzz for 15 seconds or so.
  • Serve at once, although Hollandaise can be held for up to a few hours if you keep it in a warm place, like on top of your stove if you are cooking.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 457IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Hank Shaw

Hey there. Welcome to Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, the internet’s largest source of recipes and know-how for wild foods. I am a chef, author, and yes, hunter, angler, gardener, forager and cook. Follow me on Instagram and on Facebook.

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  1. Had some goose fat, decided to give it a try. We also are not big fans of Hollandaise, but this is amazing!

  2. Wow, just came across this one and I HAVE to try it!! This got me thinking… Have you ever experimented with Duck Fat Mayonnaise?

  3. Holy Smokes! I place duck, and especially it’s delicious fat, high upon my culinary pedestal. And it is for this very reason. That looks so good it should be a crime to make it (well, it is to those darn vegans 🙂 ). I’m going to make this and post it sometime in the future.

  4. The turkeys are everywhere! Saw the largest one in my life crossing Ridge Rd. like he owned it. Any recommendations on getting started turkey hunting?
    I have de-boned and stuffed turkeys and geese and it is a ton of fun. Stuffed the goose with sauerkraut, caraway, grapes, currants, and raisins then reformed it. Made a stock reduction from the bones and deglazed with Riesling. Served with homemade (of course!) Spaetzle.
    Like I was in Alsace.