Eggs Benedict. One of those dishes that we all love but are a little too intimidated to make at home. Poaching the perfect eggs and making hollandaise sauce that doesn’t have the consistency of glue are two techniques that require skill, patience and maybe a little bit of luck. But rest assured. You too can whip up a perfect cooked egg and velvety hollandaise. Just follow one of these 13 different recipes and you’ll be making eggs benedict like you graduated top of your class at the CIA.
1. Classic Eggs Benedict
This is your classic eggs Benedict recipe. Poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and sliced ham on a toasted English muffin. Master this recipe and know it like the back of your hand - you’ll easily be the most popular person at your next friends getaway. Get our Classic Eggs Benedict recipe.
2. Steak and Eggs Benedict with Béarnaise Sauce
What do you get when you combine two of the best brunch dishes - our steak and eggs benedict of course. For the hearty eater, this recipe swaps ham and hollandaise sauce with steak and béarnaise (another of the mother sauces). Extra points if you can name and make the other three. Get our Steak and Eggs Benedict with Béarnaise Sauce recipe.
3. Asparagus Benedict with Chevre-Dijon Sauce
If you’re tired of ham, or maybe a vegetarian that still eats eggs, give our recipe for asparagus benedict a try. We really think you’ll like our Chevre sauce, made with goat cheese and honey mustard. Get our Asparagus Benedict with Chevre-Dijon Sauce recipe.
4. Crab Benedict on Lemon-Chive Biscuits
Crab is a popular substitute for ham in eggs benedict, especially if you are lucky enough to get access to some fresh stuff (hello Maryland!). Served on a fresh made lemon chive biscuit, our crab benedict is a special treat for brunch. Get our Crab Benedict and Lemon-Chive Biscuits recipe.
5. Czech Benedict
While we’re not sure if Czech benedict is an actual thing in the Czech Republic, it looks too good not to be. To make Czech benedict, you’ll need some leftover brisket or pulled pork and kolache bread, a sweet Czech yeast roll. If you were in a pinch, a King’s Hawaiian roll would work too. Get our Czech Benedict recipe.
6. Eggs-in-a-Nest Benedict Sandwiches
Eggs-in-a-nest are always a crowd pleaser, so eggs-in-a-nest benedict is a no brainer. Just top the standard with some Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce and voila! Get our Eggs-in-a-Nest Benedict Sandwiches recipe.
7. Fried Green Tomato Benedict with Smithfield Ham & Pimiento Cheese Hollandaise
As the Food52 recipe notes, this might as well be called “Low Country Benedict”. You have all the Southern favorites: Smithfield ham, fried green tomatoes, and a hollandaise sauce made with Pimento cheese. Served best with a sweet tea. Get the recipe here.
8. Pastrami Benedict
This is what Eggs Benedict would be if the dish was invented by a Jewish deli. Taken from the Artisan Jewish Deli at Home, this recipe from Serious Eats uses pastrami and latkes (!) for the benedict experience. Get the recipe here.
9. Eggs Florentine
While you may have never ORDERED it, almost everyone has seen eggs Florentine on a diner menu. Eggs Florentine takes the benedict concept and substitutes sautéed spinach for the ham/meat/seafood component. Slightly healthier, equally delicious. Get the recipe here.
10. Eggs Trivette
Ever wonder what with all that leftover shrimp/crawfish the day after a low country boil? Well if you find yourself in that “unlucky position”, try out this recipe for eggs trivette from the blog Jason and Shawnda. Since you’ve already cooked the main protein, prep is as easy as poaching an egg and making the spicy, Creole hollandaise. Get the recipe here.
11. Southern Eggs Benedict
12. Sweet Corn Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise Sauce
Tired of all that traditional hollandaise sauce now that you’re a pro? Then take a stab at this recipe from How Sweet Eats and try your hand at avocado hollandaise. The avocado will still deliver that wonderful texture that you get from eggs while being a little friendly on the waistline. Of course, that is also counteracted by the fact that the meal is served over sweet corn cakes. Oh well. Get the recipe here.
13. Eggs Benedict over Savory Waffles
Everything’s better on a waffle. Fried chicken. Ice cream. So it is too with eggs benedict. Try this recipe from Civilized Caveman Cooking and you’ll agree. Waffles > English muffins. Get the recipe here.
Dan McKay is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician—oh wait, that's Ryan Gosling. Dan is a Philly-based freelance writer, photographer, and digital marketer. He has written for Eater and Thrillist, in addition to other publications. Outside of work, you might run across him in the Asian market or in one of Philly’s local drinking establishments.