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!

baked parmesan tilapia recipe

Get the Recipe: Bake Parmesan Tilapia

4.89 from 35 ratings
Servings: 4


  • 4 tilapia fillets, thawed
  • Old Bay with Blackened Seasoning
  • Seasoning salt, I used Lawry's
  • 4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise, I used Duke's
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded (I used a parmesan-romano-asiago mixture)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon green onion flakes, can use regular onion flakes


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Place fillets on a baking sheet lined with foil paper and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Season top of fillets generously with old bay and seasoning salt.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile mix the remaining ingredients in a medium-size bowl.
  • When fish comes out of the oven switch the oven to a LOW BROIL.
  • 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)
  • Broil for 3-5 minutes or until the topping is golden.
  • Garnish with parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy!


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!
Course: Dinner, fish, Main
Author: Divas Can Cook
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