Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon & chives

Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon & chives

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

A challenge

Serves 4 as part of a brunch buffet

Get your poaching technique honed and serve up this brunch classic- it's easily-doubled to feed a family or crowd

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal564
  • fat44g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein27g
  • salt3.09g
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  • 4 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 English muffins, halved
  • a little butter, for spreading



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 8 slices smoked salmon
  • chopped chives, to serve

For the hollandaise sauce

  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 125g unsalted butter, diced


  1. First make the Hollandaise sauce. Put the lemon juice and vinegar in a small bowl, add the egg yolks and whisk with a balloon whisk until light and frothy. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until mixture thickens. Gradually add the butter, whisking constantly until thick – if it looks like it might be splitting, then whisk off the heat for a few mins. Season and keep warm.

  2. To poach the eggs, bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the vinegar. Lower the heat so that the water is simmering gently. Stir the water so you have a slight whirlpool, then slide in the eggs one by one. Cook each for about 4 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon.

  3. Lightly toast and butter the muffins, then put a couple of slices of salmon on each half. Top each with an egg, spoon over some Hollandaise and garnish with chopped chives.

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19th May, 2012
Delicious! Very easy to follow, and for once I managed to get it all the separate bits ready at about the same time, and the Hollandaise came together perfectly. A lovely recipe for a breakfast treat.
1st Apr, 2012
Delicious. New favourite for special occassion breakfasts.
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18th Mar, 2012
My first attempt at Hollandaise sauce.. no splitting so chuffed to bits. Hubby absolutely loved this, will definately a regular weekend breakfast in our house
14th Feb, 2012
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14th Feb, 2012
Did this this morning for a surprise Valentines Day breakfast and it really was perfect. Followed the recipe to the letter and could not have been happier with it or the reaction from the other half. Will become a saturday morning favourite when we have guests I think!
7th Jul, 2011
came out brilliantly...thanx
25th Jan, 2011
flavour was beautiful
5th Oct, 2010
I used dill instead of chives, it goes well with salmon. Homemade hollandaise is delicious.
4th May, 2010
very nice the poached egg tops it of beautifully used ciabatta's instead of muffins, tot hollandaise sauce would be a disater wasn't sure if i'd like it but turned well :-)
30th Mar, 2010
Used ready made hollandaise sauce, but this is a delicious, simple light snack.


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