Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

This is great tilapia. A party on the palate!! The seasonings are just right and the Parmesan cheese adds delicious flavor. Very tasty and healthy too! Definitely a keeper recipe.

I’ve made it several times now and it just gets better and better each time! I like to broil it for about 2 minutes at the end to make it a little crispier.

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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia


3 -4 tilapia fillets, depending on size
1⁄4 cup breadcrumbs or 1⁄4 cup crushed Ritz cracker
1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
garlic powder
olive oil


Thaw and wash tilapia fillets if frozen. Pat dry on paper towels.

Combine crumbs, Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic powder on a plate, mixing well.

On a different plate, pour 1 tbsp lemon juice.

Working 1 at a time, place a fillet on the plate in the lemon juice, sprinkle with desired amount of kosher salt (be careful about how much salt is in your parmesan, crumbs, and other seasonings), black pepper, and garlic powder. Turn the fillet over in the lemon juice and sprinkle seasoning on the other side.

Dredge fillet in the Parmesan mixture patting it all over to coat. Place in an oiled baking dish, repeat with remaining fillets.

Sprinkle a little lemon juice over fillets and drizzle or spray them lightly with olive oil.

Bake at 425ºF for about 20 minutes or until they easily flake with a fork and edges are browning (you can sprinkle some more Parmesan on top if desired). You can also bake these faster at 450ºF.


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Recipe based on one by MommyMakes
Photo by SharonChen