A poached egg is an egg that has been cooked by poaching, that is, in water. No oil or fat is used in its preparation. Poached eggs are used in Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine.
In modern parlance, the term “poached egg” is also applied to a different method of preparation using an “egg poacher”, where the egg is suspended in steam, rather than being poached in water.
In India, the term “poached egg” often refers to a fried egg.
Had a conversation with some friends over lunch today about these things.Â I had no idea that there is technology to poaching an egg.Â I’d always seen them made by dumping a cracked egg into a boiling pot of water, but apparently there’s a set of pans that you can get that let you steam the egg.