Eggs Benedict

Brunch Like a Pro: Mastering the Art of Eggs Benedict, Eight Different Ways!

Eggs Benedict – the very name evokes images of a luxurious brunch experience. Perfectly poached eggs resting on toasted English muffins, enveloped in a rich and creamy hollandaise sauce, and finished with a touch of crisp Canadian bacon. But mastering this seemingly complex dish can feel intimidating.

Worry not, fellow brunch enthusiasts! This post will guide you through the essential steps of my flawless eggs Benedict recipe, along with eight unique variations to tantalize your taste buds.

Best Eggs Benedict Recipe

The key to successful eggs Benedict lies in meticulous preparation and using high-quality ingredients. Fresh eggs, good quality Canadian bacon, and a luscious hollandaise sauce are the cornerstones of this dish.

And speaking of hollandaise, for a quick and foolproof sauce, be sure to check out my blender hollandaise sauce recipe!

Watch how to make this recipe!

Want to see this recipe come to life? Check out this video where I walk you through the entire process, step-by-step!

Have Fun with It: Eggs Benedict Recipe Variations

Now, let’s dive into the world of some fun Eggs Benedict recipe variations:

Eggs Blackstone:

This variation ditches the Canadian bacon for streaky bacon and adds a slice of tomato beside the poached egg. It’s a hearty and flavorful option with a classic breakfast feel.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict:

Swap the Canadian bacon for thinly sliced smoked salmon for a lighter and smokier flavor profile. This variation pairs beautifully with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice drizzled over the hollandaise.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict recipe

Florentine Eggs Benedict:

For a vegetarian twist, replace the Canadian bacon with freshly sautéed spinach. The earthy notes of the spinach complement the richness of the hollandaise sauce perfectly. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the spinach while sautéing to enhance its flavor.

Southwestern Eggs Benedict:

Embrace bold flavors by using chorizo sausage instead of Canadian bacon. Top it off with a dollop of guacamole and a sprinkle of crumbled queso fresco for a fiesta in your mouth.

Eggs Benedict Royale:

Elevate your brunch game with this luxurious option. Replace the Canadian bacon with smoked salmon and top it off with caviar for a truly decadent experience.

California Eggs Benedict:

This option features sliced avocado as the bun instead of the English muffin. Top with chopped fresh cilantro for an extra pop of color and flavor.

Eggs Neptune:

Calling all seafood lovers! Replace the Canadian bacon with cooked crab meat or lobster salad for a luxurious twist. A squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of fresh dill will further enhance the seafood flavors.

Eggs Mornay

Instead of hollandaise sauce, this version utilizes a rich and cheesy Mornay sauce. Top it with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs for a delightful textural contrast.

Remember, these are just a few starting points! Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and create your own unique eggs Benedict variations.

Essential Tips for Success:

  • Freshness is key: Use the freshest ingredients possible for the best results.
  • Poach your eggs perfectly: Mastering the art of poaching eggs takes practice, but there are many methods available online and in cookbooks to guide you.
  • Warm your components: Toast the English muffins and keep the hollandaise sauce warm before assembling the dish.
  • Assemble quickly: Once you have all your components ready, work quickly to assemble the eggs Benedict to prevent the hollandaise sauce from separating.
Blender Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

With a little practice and these helpful tips, you’ll be whipping up impressive eggs Benedict like a pro in no time! So gather your friends and family, fire up the stove, and enjoy a delightful brunch experience in the comfort of your own home.

Don’t forget to watch the how-to video in this post for a visual guide to making perfect eggs Benedict!

Poaching the Eggs

  1. To poach the eggs, start with very fresh eggs for best results. Heat about 2 inches of water in a deep saucepan to a gentle simmer and stir in 1 tablespoon of cider or white wine vinegar to help the eggs keep their shape.
  2. Break eggs close to the simmering water. Immediately and gently push the whites over the yolk with a wooden spoon for 2-3 seconds, then proceed with the other eggs.
  3. After 4 minutes, remove the first egg with a slotted spoon; the white should be set and the yolk should still be soft.

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Eggs Benedict recipe

Eggs Benedict Recipe

Recipe by Jason Hill –
This Eggs Benedict recipe is one of my favorite go-to breakfast dishes. Despite the high calorie count, I order it almost every time we go out to brunch, and we regularly make it at home. This dish can be easily prepared, whether you use a packaged Hollandaise, such as Knorr brand (which is very good), or make your own sauce.
One of my favorite twists on this classic is adding smoked salmon, sauteed spinach and a Bearnaise sauce, which is basically a Hollandaise sauce with fresh tarragon. Feel free to doctor up this recipe with your favorite proteins, whether it's sausage, bacon or even crab and lobster! Add some sautéed spinach for a healthy addition. 
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 2 English muffins split
  • Butter as needed
  • 4 slices cooked Canadian bacon, proscuitto or ham or substitute smoked salmon, lobster/crab meat, sautéed spinach
  • 4 eggs poached

Blender Hollandaise Sauce

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tb lemon juice
  • 1/2-1 cup butter


Blender Hollandaise Sauce

  • Place egg yolks, salt, white pepper and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in blender jar. Cut butter into pieces and heat to foaming hot in small saucepan.
  • Cover jar and blend egg yolk mixture at top speed 2 seconds. Uncover and still blending at top speed, immediately start pouring in 1/2 of hot butter in thin stream or droplets. Sauce will be thick cream.
  • Pour into saucepan or bowl. Vigorously whisk in remaining melted butter, added in steam of droplets.
  • Optional Add Ons: Tabasco to taste, Paprika to taste to taste, Sriracha hot sauce to taste, Chopped cilantro leaves to taste. Makes 1 1/2 cups sauce.

For Eggs Benedict

  • Toast or broil the muffin halves and spread with butter.
  • Top each muffin half with the slices of Canadian bacon or ham, then top with the poached eggs.
  • Cover eggs with hot hollandaise sauce and serve, two halves per person.
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Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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