Homemade Hollandaise Recipe for Fathers Day and Maui Wedding Brunch

Homemade Hollandaise Recipe for Fathers Day and Maui Wedding Brunch

Make this Father’s day extra special! Dad will be delighted to wake up to breakfast in bed or a late Sunday brunch when the menu includes Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce!! You heard hollandaise sauce is difficult and thinking it is above your home cooking skill level? Put your mind at ease with my Classic Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen recipe for homemade classic Hollandaise sauce.Hollandaise Sauce recipe below! I included a few tricks and cooking techniques with instructions so your dad will think you hired a professional chef!

Did you know Hollandaise Sauce, a classic French sauce, is considered ‘One of the 5 Mother Sauces’ in cooking? Classic Hollandaise sauce makes use of emulsification, meaning products usually not mixable are able to be blended utilizing an emulsifier such as oil with a protein. Mayo or Aioli is the results of emulsion!

For best results preparing the perfect Hollandaise Sauce, consider a few Professional Chef Tricks:

  • Get the Egg Yolk and Butter to the same temperature.
  • Use a Double Boiler over gentle heat to avoid making scrambled eggs when the heat is too high
  • Whisking in Figure Eight allows for whisking in maximum air into mixture
Hollandaise Sauce by Chef Christian Jorgensen
CJ’s Deli & Diner in The Kaanapali Fairway Shops
Serves 2-4, depending on you! Super Easy, Simple and Many Uses for my Classic Hollandaise Sauce Recipe!
Classic Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients
4 Pasteurized Egg Yolks
1 tablespoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon White Vinegar
1 tablespoon Water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick) in Microwave 1.5 minutes
Pinch Cayenne Pepper or Paprika
Pinch Salt
Pinch White Pepper
Double Boiler (Sauce Pot with mixing bowl on top)
Microwave or melt butter on the stove
Sauce Pot for reducing liquid

  1. In Sauce Pot Reduce: Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Water and Worcestershire Sauce to half (3 min)
  2. Add liquid to mixing bowl with Egg Yolks
  3. Vigorously whisk the Egg Yolks and Liquid together in a stainless steel bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double boiler,), until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume. (The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl, leave space for steam)
  4. Continue to whisk the Egg Mixture rapidly. Be careful not to let the eggs get too hot or they will scramble.
  5. Slowly drizzle and mix in the melted butter (Leave the separated water in the butter at the bottom)
  6. Continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume.
  7. Remove from the stove: Taste- Whip in Cayenne, White Pepper and Salt.
  8. Cover and place near stove until ready to use for the eggs benedict
  9. If the Hollandaise gets too thick, mix in a few drops of warm water before serving.
Eggs Benedict Ingredients
2 Each Crab Cakes, Bacon, Ham or Spinach Tomatoes or Asparagus
2 English Muffins, Split
1/4 Cup White Vinegar (Poaching Water)
4 Eggs
Hollandaise Sauce,
Paprika Sprinkle for garnish
  1. Fill a skillet half full of water. Add White Vinegar to the cooking water.
    (This will make the egg white cook easier, and keep in shape)
  2. Bring to a slow boil. Gently break the eggs into the water taking care not to break it.
  3. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.
  4. Cook 3 to 3 ½ minutes: Until the egg white is perfect and yolk remains soft.
  5. Remove with a slotted spoon, making the egg drain.
  6. To assemble: Lay Topping on top of toasted English Muffin, followed by Poached Egg.
  7. Poor Hollandaise over the eggs.
  8. Garnish with Sprinkle of Paprika

Popular Classic Sauce variations using my Classic Hollandaise Sauce recipe:

  • Béarnaise Sauce – Add fresh tarragon to the reduction
  • Mornay – Add Whipped Cream, Gruyere and Parmesan Cheese
  • Charon – Add Tomato Paste
  • As Topping for Gratinated dishes, including Oyster Rockefeller and Baked Sole

If you try my classic hollandaise sauce recipe or a variation, please be sure to share your questions and story in the comments section below. Your questions are welcome. If you are visiting and don’t feel like cooking for dad, treat your dad to brunch at my Maui restaurant in the Kaanapali resort. Thats right, the hollandaise sauce served daily on our eggs benedict at CJ’s Deli & Diner Kaanapali restaurant is homemade!

A growing trend in destination weddings is a morning Maui wedding ceremony followed by a catered brunch to replace the traditional wedding reception on Maui. Your wedding ceremony will be in cooler morning hours and finding a Maui wedding location can often be easier than sunset weddings. Hosting day after wedding brunch is another chance to express your appreciation to your Maui wedding guests who made the trip to attend your wedding and bid farewell before the newlyweds depart for their honeymoon and their guests return home after the wedding.


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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.


Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit