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5-Ingredient Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

A delicious, easy and healthy Parmesan Crusted Tilapia made with only 5 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Tilapia, parmesan crusted tilapia, Parmesan Tilapia
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250kcal
Author Blair


  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Minced fresh parsley, for serving


  • Preheat oven to BROIL on HIGH and place a rack about 5-6 inches from the broiler unit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Pat tilapia dry and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Combine melted butter, lemon juice, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Brush the butter mixture on both sides of the fish.
  • Place the fish on the prepared baking sheet, bottom side UP, and broil for 5 minutes. Flip the fish over, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and return to the broiler for 5-6 more minutes. The fish will flake easily with a fork when it’s done.
  • Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.


  • Starting with frozen tilapia? Thaw the fish in the refrigerator overnight. Pat dry with paper towels and use in the recipe as instructed.
  • If you like the flavor of Old Bay seasoning, you can add a dash of Old Bay to the melted butter mixture and then brush it on the fish.
  • Serving Sizes: This recipe yields four very large servings. If you're cooking for two, or if you have smaller appetites to feed, I would suggest using only two or three tilapia fillets.


Serving: 18 ounce fillet | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 559mg | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 14.3mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1.2mg