Main Dishes

April 15, 2022

Parmesan Panko Crusted Tilapia

Is there anything better than throwing a home cooked meal together in 30 minutes or less after a long day? I think not. This easy tilapia dish is going to be one of your newest go to’s. They are made with 5 easy ingredients: grated parmesan, panko crumbs, black pepper, fresh parsley and lemon zest. The coating on the outside is crisped to golden crunchy perfection and the inside is extra flaky which creates the ultimate texture combination.

The secret to getting the perfect crispy golden coating:

  • You want to make sure to cover every inch of the fish with the parmesan coating including the: top, all sides and in the crevices.
  • When coating you want to gently press the coating into the fish so it sticks well. Pressing all areas so the fish is well coated.
  • After baking, make sure to switch to broil on high. Switching your oven to broil will ensure a perfectly crispy golden coating on the top.
  • When on the broil mode, make sure to carefully watch the filets to ensure they do not burn. Also, you might need to turn your pan every so often if needed to make sure all sides are evenly crisp and golden.

For those that haven’t tried tilapia before or aren’t sure they love seafood in general, tilapia is a great protein and type of fish to start with. It is a milder flaky fish and doesn’t possess that “fishy” smell that tends to turn people off. It isn’t the sexiest of fish, but it is one of the most versatile of fishes. It can be baked, grilled, added to stews, made in tacos or even turn it into a burger! Explore my other Tilapia recipes here:

What do I serve with this main dish?

This can be served with anything your little heart desires! I love serving it with white rice and steamed broccoli for a well rounded, healthy meal. But, you can serve them with fries, pasta, salad or any other vegetables of your choosing.

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Parmesan Panko Crusted Tilapia

If you are looking for a no-fuss, crowd pleasing dinner, you’re looking right at it! These Parmesan Panko Crusted Tilapia filets are made with allll of the essentials that make them extra crispy and extra flavorful!



  • 5 Tilapia filets, rinsed and patted dry
  • 6 oz. parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ Cup panko bread crumbs, plain
  • ½ TSP black pepper
  • ½ TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP lemon zest or lemon zest from one whole lemon
  • 1 TBSP fresh parsley, minced
  • Lemon wedges, for serving (if desired)
  • Green onion, for garnish (if desired)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together: parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, black pepper, lemon zest and fresh parsley.
  3. Brush the top of your tilapia filets with olive oil. Taking the parmesan cheese mixture, scoop some out with your hands and press gently into each filet to coat. Make sure all sides and top are completely covered.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. To create a crispier golden brown top, switch your oven to broil and broil on high for an additional 5-7 minutes. NOTE: make sure to keep an eye on it at all times during the broiling process to ensure they do not burn.  
  5. Remove from the oven, garnish with green onions and and serve with lemon wedges and steamed white rice.
  6. ENJOY!
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October 9, 2023
The ingredient list is missing lemon slices, shallot and garlic.
July 5, 2023
Can I do this in a slow cooker instead of the oven?
October 19, 2021
So delicious!