Intensely satisfying to savor on a lazy Sunday morning after half-finishing the crossword in the weekend paper, our keto eggs benedict eases you into the day of rest without any anxiety over a broken homemade hollandaise sauce.
Eggs benedict marries store-bought convenience with fussy sauce and egg preparation that’s unforgiving. Classic eggs benedict includes a toasted English muffin topped with sliced ham or Canadian bacon—that’s the easy store-bought part— a poached egg and velvety butter-glossed sauce that rewards experience over skill.
A broken hollandaise sauce happens when the sauce separates into two liquids and becomes grainy and thin. Overheat the hollandaise, and you’ll end up with bits of scrambled eggs in the sauce.
Poaching eggs can cause panic as well. The most common poached egg mistakes:
- Not using fresh eggs
- Not using the right size pot
- Not having the water at the right temperature when you add the eggs
- Cracking the eggs directly into the pot of water
- Not cooking the eggs for the right amount of time.
Skip the weekend brunch drama and ease at least half of the pressure by using our warm-and-pour jarred Hollandaise Sauce. Our keto-friendly, no dairy Hollandaise Sauce made with cashew butter brings ready-made ease to your breezy weekend brunch. If we could only package perfectly poached eggs, you could have easy eggs benedict any morning. For now, check out our section on how to poach eggs for tips.
How to Poach Eggs
More finicky than scrambled eggs but on par with the difficulty level of cooking an omelet, poached eggs take a little practice to perfect. As mentioned above, start with these five steps, and you’ll be well on your way to pro-status poached eggs:
- Use fresh eggs: The egg whites become more fluid as they age. If you poach older eggs, you could end up with wispy white tendrils in the water. No big deal to this home cook, but if you want poached perfection, use the freshest eggs you can find. How to test your egg for freshness? Place the egg in a small bowl of water—if it lays on its side at the bottom of the bowl, it’s fresh.
- Crack the eggs in a separate small bowl first: Resist the urge to cut this corner (it is just one more tiny bowl to wash). You want to cradle the egg into its warm bath, so it cooks gently. It might sound tedious, but poaching is delicate.
- Use a big-enough pot of water: Like toddlers who like to frolic and splash in a warm bath, your fresh young eggs need plenty of space to swirl. A medium-sized saucepan filled with about three inches of water should suffice for a couple of eggs to poach.
- Simmering water is the right bath temperature: Let's stick with the small-child-at-bath-time theme here to illustrate these points. If you haven’t bathed a young buck before, file these learnings away for future use. Try submerging the tender flesh of a youngin in scalding or chilly water, and the shrill protest you’ll hear will make you shrivel—the same principle applies to poached eggs. Boiling water will cause the eggs to separate into wispy bits, and tepid water can cause separation of yolk and white. And don’t swirl the water before adding the eggs; the agitation aggravates the eggs' delicate protein.
- Set a timer: Nestle the eggs into the simmering water and set the timer for three minutes to get a hardened white with a runny yolk; cook for one additional minute for a soft but not oozing yolk.
Bonus tip: Add a tablespoon of white, rice, or apple cider vinegar to the simmering water before adding the eggs. The vinegar should help the egg whites stay intact and form a more compact shape. You won’t taste the vinegar if you use a mild one.
Keto-Friendly English Muffin Alternatives
We kept our keto eggs benedict recipe as simple as possible and left out the bread substitute or a veggie alternative and just used ham as the base. If this doesn’t suit your fancy, don’t worry. You have options.
If you’d prefer a keto and veggie-friendly English muffin replacement, try:
- Grilled or baked eggplant round
- Grilled or baked portobello mushroom
- Grilled or baked cauliflower steak
If you’d like a keto-friendly bread alternative, make:
- Cloud bread: Beat three egg whites with ¼ teaspoon baking soda until stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, combine three egg yolks with three tablespoons Primal Kitchen Mayo. Gently fold in beaten egg whites. Use a ⅓ measuring cup to place onto the baking sheet; bake for 30 minutes at 300ºF.
- Keto Bread: The dill and cheddar keto bread in this recipe could add a sharp, herbaceous note to your eggs benedict. If you’d prefer a no-dairy version, leave out the cheddar cheese and swap the butter for coconut or avocado oil.
- Store-bought keto-friendly English muffin
- Chaffles: If you’re not adverse to dairy, these five-ingredient keto waffles (cheese + waffle = chaffle) crisp in the waffle iron in less than five minutes.
Keto Eggs Benedict Recipe Variations
From keto eggs benedict florentine to keto eggs benedict with salmon, take our keto eggs benedict recipe and vary it as you please. Here are some easy ideas:
- Keto eggs benedict florentine: Add a bed of cooked spinach, well-drained spinach to the plate before adding the ham, poached eggs, and sauce. Cook the spinach with a little minced garlic for extra flavor.
- Keto eggs benedict with salmon: Swap the cooked ham for smoked, poached, or grilled salmon.
- Keto eggs benedict avocado: Spoon the avocado out of its skin, remove the pit, and use it as a boat to catch the drippy yolk and sauce. Add ham or not.
- Keto eggs benedict cauliflower: Make vertical half-inch slices on a head of cauliflower. Drizzle cauliflower steaks with olive or avocado oil, salt, pepper, and roast or grill until cooked through and lightly browned. Pile up the keto eggs benedict fixings on the cauliflower steak.
- Keto eggs benedict with mushroom: Remove the stems from large portobello mushroom caps, drizzle with olive or avocado oil, salt, and pepper. Bake or grill until tender. Dress with poached eggs, hollandaise, and chives.
You might also like these other breakfast recipes:
- Ham and Egg Cups
- Keto Breakfast Tostada
- Whole30 Breakfast Casserole
- Keto Breakfast Tacos with Spicy Ketchup
- Sweet Potato Toast with Avocado and Egg
- Keto Chaffle Recipes
- Poached Egg and Avocado Breakfast Salad
- Keto Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Keto Eggs Benedict
breakfast, brunch, keto, Primal, paleo
Intensely satisfying to savor on a lazy Sunday morning after half-finishing the weekend crossword, our keto eggs benedict eases you into the day of rest without any anxiety over a broken homemade hollandaise sauce. Our keto-friendly, no dairy Hollandaise Sauce brings ready-made ease to your breezy brunch.
Warm the hollandaise sauce in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally while you prepare the other ingredients.
In a skillet over medium heat, warm the slices of ham for about 3 minutes per side.
Meanwhile, in a medium-sized pot over medium heat, bring three inches of water to a simmer. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the water.
Crack 1 egg into a small bowl. Lower the bowl gently into the simmering water. Use the same bowl to crack the other egg—lower the other egg in the simmering water.
Set a timer for 3 minutes. When the time is up, use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs. Place a clean kitchen towel underneath the slotted spoon to catch any excess water.
Place the poached eggs on top of the ham slices. Spoon the warmed hollandaise sauce gently on top of the poached eggs. Sprinkle the eggs with paprika and chopped chives.
Serve the keto eggs benedict with slices of avocado on the side.
Top with a handful of chopped chives and a sprinkle of paprika.
Nutrition info includes: 3 ounces of sliced ham, 2 poached eggs, 1/4 cup of Primal Kitchen Hollandaise Sauce, 1 teaspoon of chopped chives, and half of an avocado.
Calories 449, Carbs 11 grams, Fat 31 grams, Protein 35 grams