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Baked Parmesan Tilapia

Baked Parmesan Tilapia

I’ve probably said this before but tilapia is my families favorite fish. It’s light, easy to prepare, mild flavored and doesn’t stink up my house when I cook it.  Oh and Isaac likes it too which is a plus in my book.

baked parmesan tilapia recipe

I’m always looking for different ways to prepare and flavor tilapia and this baked parmesan tilapia is a winner.  The fish is seasoned up to perfection with plain ol seasoning salt and Old Bay blackened seasoning. Bake it for a few minutes and then top with a yummy cheesy, seasoned breadcrumb mixture. All of this is then broiled to form a crisp, golden crust on top of the fish.

baked parmesan tilapia recipe

Sounds easy right? Well it is!  And folks will probably think it’s a complicated dish to make when they taste it. You don’t have to tell them how you whipped that thang up in a matter of minutes.

baked parmesan tilapia recipe

Add it to your dinner rotation! I’ve tried it several ways; I’ve used crushed seasoned croutons instead of panko, ranch dressing instead of mayo, and changed the spices a bit to get different flavors. So have fun with if you’d like, but I always come back to this tried and true recipe. It’s a classic and always come out tasting great.

baked parmesan tilapia recipe

Watch me make this Baked Parmesan Tilapia from start to finish!

4.9 from 21 reviews
Bake Parmesan Tilapia
Recipe type: Fish, Main, Dinner
Serves: 4
  • 4 tilapia fillets, thawed
  • Old Bay with Blackened Seasoning
  • Seasoning salt (I used Lawry's)
  • 4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise (I used Duke's)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded (I used a parmesan-romano-asiago mixture)
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ½ tablespoon green onion flakes (can use regular onion flakes)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place fillets on a baking sheet lined with foil paper and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Season top of fillets generously with old bay and seasoning salt.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile mix the remaining ingredients in a medium-size bowl.
  6. When fish comes out of the oven switch the oven to a LOW BROIL.
  7. 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)
  8. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until the topping is golden.
  9. Garnish with parsley.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
~TIPS~ Watch the broil carefully. Some ovens broil run really hot! Garnish with fresh parsley to add a pop of color. Like bacon? Throw some crunchy, bacon on top! Yum!


  1. This was sooo good! My daughter gave it the side eye but shortly came back asking for more!!

  2. My 9yr old daughter and I made this together tonight and it was a hit with our family! We are making the hot salt chicken next. Thank you for sharing ur skills!

  3. So good, love this recipe.

  4. I just made this and this was a wonderful take on Tilapia. A great way of changing Tilapia.
    Thanks so much for sharing

  5. Absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  6. I am so not the cooking type but this was easy, quick and taste as good as it looks!! Yummers!!!!!!

  7. okay first of all, this recipe is THE BOMB!!! this is my new fave tilapia recipe, and my fam loved it, thanks!

  8. This is about my 5th or 6th recipe from you and my family has loved them all! This is another recipe added to my rotation. You might even be able to train my noncooking husband with your videos, lol.

  9. So delicious, my picky 9 year olds loved it. And they asked for it again the next day. This is def a keeper. Thanks Monique

  10. I loved this recipe, and so did everyone else that had the opportunity to have some before I ate it all LOL! I will def be making this again!

  11. Hey Monique… I hope you read this in the next hour or so… Lol… Can I use whitings instead? And if so, will the cooking time be the same? Thanks so much girl!!! I love your website. I’m Abt to download your cook book now!

  12. This was delicious! I made it last night and loved the flavor! Thank you for these wonderful recipes. It was my first time cooking for my partner, and he accused me of trying to outdo him in the kitchen ;-).

  13. I made this last night and it was a hit!! I brought it into work for lunch and it still tastes amazing the next day. i just put it in the toaster oven at work and it tasted great!!! Will make it again asap!

  14. Isn’t she precious….. isn’t she marvelous…. so very special…. “in Stevie Wonder’s voice” . I can’t thank you enough for your recipes. You are Fabulously awesome Monique. I discovered you last week when I surprised my BF with a red velvet cake for his birthday dinner (comments from others include: “this is the cake of life”, “there’s no way you learnt how to make this 2 days ago”). Yesterday I attempted the Parmesan Tilapia with the Skinny girl pasta for dinner. My meat loving BF quietly ingested his first helping. Before asking for a second helping he said “this is not dinner, this is supper!” When I asked what the difference was in supper and dinner, he said “Supper is when you are eating the food and blessing the person who prepared it”! Thanks a million Monique for taking the time to not you write these recipes but also showing us how you make these dishes. Dish #4 will be the Italian cake!

  15. This was delicious and looked exactly like the pictures so I was very excited. It was a touch too salty for my family’s taste so I split each fillet in two and made fish tacos and just added extra lettuce and sriracha to cut the salt. My husband RAVED about it :) THANKS!!!

  16. I just made this for my lunch tomorrow and was mad I only made two pieces, this was great.. Cant wait to make it again..

  17. I made these tonight however I substituted the mayo with Ranch dressing and they were BANGING!!! My fiance loved it. I will be making these again soon

  18. My hubby asked me to make this dish again tonight. Instead of using tilapia I used Mahi Mahi fish. Soooo gooood!!!!!

  19. This is very delicious. What a different wayy to prepare tilapia. Thank you diva!

  20. This looks like it will be really good.I am going to try it tonight.Can you make some seasoned rice brown or white.I eat alot of fish and me and boyfriend eat rice with our fish meals.I havent found a receipe that I trust.

  21. This is SO GOOD! I’ve been making it every week!


  23. Made this Sunday&was so good,so different than
    Eating tilapia the same way!!.quick&easy,thanks alot!,also loved the crispy factor!!:)

  24. I made this for dinner Thursday. It was wonderful! It’s fast, easy, and tastes gourmet.

  25. Made these last night, and I’m making them again as I type this. They are delicious!!! Thank You!!!

  26. Hi Mrs.Diva,

    I made this the other night and my boyfriend went crazy. He loved it so much he went out and bought more tilapia so that I can cook it tonight. Delicious! Thank you so much.

  27. Yum! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks, Diva!!

  28. Thanks Diva! I will add this one to my dinner rotation. Yum.

  29. Looks delicious! Is it possible to substitute the mayo for Greek Yogurt? Thank you!

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