Main Dish | August 11, 2017

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

I did not grow up on the coast, instead- smack dab in the middle of the country. I did not grow up on crab legs and lobster fresh from the shore, just the occasional costco salmon. SO, with that being said, I’m not the biggest seafood eater. I tell you this,to convince you, because there are MANY of you who do not like fish, or many of you who may like it but do not want to prepare it. IF you fall in any of those categories- this meal is a great starter fish meal for you. Tilapia is very mild flakey fish. You will love this parmesan crusted tilapia!

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Recipe with rice and lemon wedges

For extra special date nights my husband and I would treat ourselves to McGrath’s Fish House in our college years. One of my very favorite meals was the parmesan crusted halibut. Flakey fish, salty crusty topping, but at $18 a plate we could not indulge our student wallets as much as we wanted. One night Nate set out to make a copy-cat recipe for me. I take no credit for this recipe- he did it all and he did it perfectly. Tender, white, flakey fish and a salty savory crispy crust. Perfect.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Recipe on rice with lemon wedges

How to make parmesan crusted tilapia

overhead shot of two bowls of parm crusted tilapia

Tilapia is also one of the most affordable fish! It’s simple, and VERY fast. this whole meal can be done in about 15 minutes. really.

1. prepare crust, and fish

2. smooth on parmesan paste

3. broil till crispy


Parmesan Crusted Tilapia marinade for fish

The crust consists of a few seasoning, creamy ingredients and cheese! It will look more like a paste after you have mixed it all up.

4. When you out the parmesan crust on the filets, put it down the center of the fish because as it melts it will drip down. For it to stay on the fish, don’t spread it to the ends.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia about to be cooked on baking dish

Broil the fish on one side, flip- layer the crust on, broil again.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia done baking

These pans cook it beautiful and clean like a dream!! cleaning this off was easy peasy. I didn’t foil or parchment paper. here are the links to these cute, colorful jelly roll pans.

Our family isa also a big fan of Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice for pairing with my fish sides. If you can find the the 5 minute recipe grab it can be tricky to find (I recently found it target!) but the original is delicious too!!

Uncle Ben's brand long grain and wild rice box

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia in bowl with rice and lemon wedges

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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
19 mins

Feeling iffy on eating fishies? Start here. You'll love this fish! 

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy fish, parmesan crusted tilapia
Servings: 4
Calories: 442 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets
  1. Preheat your oven's broiler.
  2. Line a pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the parmesan cheese powder, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice, dried basil, pepper, onion powder and garlic salt.
  4. Mix well and set aside.
  5. Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan.
  6. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 minutes.
  7. Remove the fillets from the oven, flip and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top down the middle. Add fresh parmesan cheese. Broil until the topping is browned and crispy.
Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 159mg53%
Sodium 709mg31%
Potassium 696mg20%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 248mg25%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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