This Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is tender and flaky on the inside and with a crisp cheesy crust on the outside. You’ll have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes!
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
This Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is one of my very favorite ways to cook fish. It’s full of flavor and easy to prepare, and doesn’t taste “fishy” at all! Even my husband, who typically hates fish, devours it every time I make it. The cheesy Parmesan crust turns a beautiful golden brown under the broiler, keeping the tilapia tender and flaky inside. And it cooks up fast; from start to finish this dish takes less than 20 minutes! Serve with a side of rice, some veggies or a simple green salad and you’ll have a delicious meal on the table in no time!
Where to Find the Best Tilapia
I love cooking with tilapia because it’s an easy fish to find, it cooks up quickly and tastes delicious. I like to get tilapia fillets from the fresh seafood section in the grocery store. Ask the meat counter to give you fillets that are still frozen. You don’t want to go home with the thawed fish and then freeze it again and then thaw it once more when you are ready to eat. Make sense? Cut out an unnecessary step and ask for it frozen from the back. Trust me, it will have a fresher taste.
What to Serve with Tilapia
You can serve some of our delicious Homemade Tartar Sauce with this fish, but it’s so full of flavor you may not even need it. Try some of these yummy side dish recipes to serve alongside your Parmesan Crusted Tilapia. I always make a couple of extra fillets to use in this Easy Fish Tacos recipe the next day.
- Pesto Potatoes
- Roasted Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
- Lemon Pesto Rice
- Parmesan Pull Apart Bread
- The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Mizithra Pasta
- Oven Roasted Green Beans
How to Make Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
- 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 c. Panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 c. butter softened
- 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp. celery salt
- 1 Lb. tilapia fillets about 4 filets
- Old Bay seasoning or your favorite seafood seasoning salt
- paprika to taste
- parsley to taste
- In a medium-sized bowl combine Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, butter, and mayonnaise.
- Add lemon juice, basil, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and celery salt to mixture. Set aside.
- Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan and generously sprinkle Old Bay seasoning over the top only.
- Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over, sprinkle on the Old Bay seasoning again, then broil for a couple more minutes.
- Remove the fillets from the oven and pat about 3 Tbsp of the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side of each fillet.
- Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.
- Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork.
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVERCOOK!