Baked Parmesan Tilapia

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Ok dear readers, I’m about to share with you my FAVORITE fish recipe yet!  Before this, my fave was the Crispy Lemon Tilapia, which is pretty darn good.  But this parmesan tilapia just blows everything else out of the water.  And y’all know I love some seafood, so that’s a pretty big statement!

Here’s why this dish is SO GOOD!  First, it’s easy to cook.  The ingredient list might look a lil lengthy, but it’s just a few common spices.  Nothing to get nervous about.  All you do is season the fish, bake it, stir together the topping, spread on fish, then broil.    And since fish cooks so quickly, this is a meal that takes less than 30 minutes to cook, making it an excellent weeknight meal.  Also, this fish is SO FULL of flavor.  Many times with recipes like this, the topping is flavorful but the fish is still bland.  Since this fish is baked with seasoning and then topped, there’s no lacking in flavor.  I loved the cheesiness and the crunchiness of this dish….basically I loved EVERYTHING about this dish!

Baked Parmesan Tilapia

Yields: 4 servings

Baked Parmesan Tilapia


  • 4 tilapia fillets, thawed
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Seasoning salt (I used Lawry’s)
  • 4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise (light works fine)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ tablespoon green onion flakes (can use regular onion flakes)
  • dried parsley (for garnish)
  • (optional) bacon bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Place fillets on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Season top of fillets generously with old bay and seasoning salt.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients in a medium-size bowl (except parsley and bacon bits, if using).
  4. When fish comes out of the oven switch the oven to a LOW BROIL.
  5. Top the fish with a layer of the breadcrumb mixture, pressing it gently into the fish to keep it in place. (I always have a bit of the mixture left over)
  6. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until the topping is golden.  Make sure you watch the oven closely!  Some ovens broil very hot very quickly, and you don't want your fish to burn!
  7. Garnish with parsley.  Top with bacon bits, if desired.

Source:  Divas Can Cook

9 thoughts on “Baked Parmesan Tilapia

    • lindsayballen September 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply Author

      I’m sure it would still be delicious! However, since chicken is so much thicker than fish, I don’t know if the flavor in the topping would really be enough for chicken. I’d recommend marinating the chicken (I like Lawry’s garlic & herb) first so that the chicken has some flavor to compliment the topping!

  1. I am not a seafood person but this looks really good and I am going to give it a go! I would like to know how you made your red potato side, if possible. Thanks!

    • lindsayballen September 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply Author

      Hi Jodi, I hope this dish turns you into a seafood fan! As for the red potatoes, they are just boiled until tender, halved, and tossed with a tablespoon or two of butter. Then I put some parsley flakes on top for some color.

  2. Hi Lindsay! Me and my boyfriend are both pescetarians, and it’s great to see a variety of seafood recipes on your website! I’ll definitely give this dish a try!

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