poached duck egg with smoked butter hollandaise on asparagus and smoked salmon

I bought two very white and beautiful duck eggs at the Wild Peacock Food Emporium in Stellenbosch last week. I love poached eggs even though I find them tricky to make in the ‘cheffy’ way.  So I made them in my poaching pods,  and then thought a hollandaise with smoked butter could be quite exciting.

All thrown on top of steamed seasonal asparagus and a few ribbons of smoked salmon. The smoked salmon and butter from The Smoking Shed.

The whole ensemble was pretty delicious and the flavours married and integrated so well.

To add a further little twist, I used a tablespoon of smoked red wine vinegar, from Bread & Wine, instead of lemon juice.

This is a marvelous and easy hollandaise sauce recipe.

What you will need to make:

  • 225gms butter ( I used half and half smoked to plain butter)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or vinegar)
  • additional seasoning eg cayenne, black pepper etc (optional)

How to make:

  • Run hot water over your food processor bowl and then dry
  • blend the 3 egg yolks, Tbs of lemon juice / or vinegar until they start going a paler yellow
  • Heat the butter on the stove until it starts bubbling
  • with the blade still turning, add the butter in a very light stream / trickle
  • by the time you have added it all it would have emulsified to a thick mayonnaise consistency
a very easy hollandaise recipe made in the food processor
smoked butter hollandaise

If you find it too thick, add a splash more vinegar and mix through.

Dollop onto the poached egg. I do 3.5 minutes for a firm white and a slightly runny yolk. All assembled onto steamed asparagus and smoked salmon or trout.

A few sprinkles of salt and a few grinds of pepper.

Scrumptious brunch.

a really easy hollandaise sauce
i like the yolk to ease out all over the salmon and asparagus


  1. Sam, this looks and sounds just delicious. I’ve been thinking about what to do with the smoked butter you sent me, and now I know what I’m going to make with it. Inspired! x

  2. Jan tasted the salt from me, Colly tasted the butter from me….I think me needs commission!!

    The hollandaise looks too decadent for words!!

  3. drizzleanddip

    Nina you definitely deserve some commision 🙂

  4. All these smoked goodies are really making me drool!

    Saw those duck eggs at Wild Peacock on Friday and contemplated buying them, but in the end settled on their superyum macadamia nut oil. So so good.

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