For a delicious fish dinner, try this easy parmesan panko crusted tilapia. You only need a few ingredients and you can put this recipe together in minutes. It’s frozen tilapia topped with crispy breadcrumbs, garlic, parmesan and herbs. If you are looking to add more seafood to your diet, this is an easy recipe that your family will love. I also have a low carb version!
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My sister in law make fish bakes like this all the time and they are so delicious that I thought I’d give it a try. This easy parmesan panko crusted tilapia is baked in the oven and full of flavor.
It just takes minutes to put together and the result is a crispy, garlicky panko breading that also has parmesan and fresh herbs to give it maximum flavor. This would be a great Friday dinner during lent or for whenever you want to add more seafood to your diet.
Even my son loved this meal so I will definitely be making it again for an easy seafood weeknight dinner. Plus the simple ingredients can easily be found in Aldi or other popular grocery stores.
Recipe ingredients I used.
All you need to make this easy recipe are these simple ingredients – fresh or frozen tilapia loins, grated parmesan cheese, fresh garlic, butter, panko crumbs, salt, black pepper and fresh herbs of your choice.
I used tilapia loins instead of tilapia fillets because they are bit thicker and I had some frozen ones in the freezer. You could also use filets which are more easily found in the grocery store. However they are thinner and may need less time to cook. Note this dish is meant for white fish, though it would be fine with salmon too.
For the fresh herbs you can use basil, oregano, parsley, cilantro, chives, tarragon or whatever you want. And if you don’t have any you can just eliminate it. I used fresh parsley because I had some and I liked the color in this dish. If you want to use dried seasonings, try some Italian seasoning but only use a teaspoon at most.
If you don’t have panko you can use regular or Italian bread crumbs but I like the crispier flavor of panko. I prefer butter in this dish but you could also use olive oil
How to make easy parmesan panko crusted tilapia.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking dish by spraying with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
Step 2: Dab dry the tilapia with paper towels and then place then in a single layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper over the fish fillets.
Step 3: Make the bread crumbs by placing the garlic and herbs if using in a food processor and pulse to finely chop. Place into a medium bowl and add the parmesan and panko. Mix together and then pour over melted butter. Mix well.
Step 4: Spoon or pour the panko mixture over the fish and then place the baking dish in the preheated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the fish is cooked through.
Note cooking time may be quicker if you are using filets instead of loins.
Step 5: Take out of the oven and make sure the tilapia is cooked through. It usually is pretty quick. You want the topping to be golden brown. If the fish is done and the topping isn’t browned enough you can always place it under the broiler for a few minutes.
Let the casserole cool for a few minutes then serve with lemon wedges if you want. Store leftovers in an airtight container. Please scroll down to view the printable recipe card.
To make this low carb.
If you want to make this recipe low carb, all you have to do is substitute crushed pork rinds for the panko. Do everything else the same and you will cut out most of the carbs.
What to eat with the tilapia recipe.
I like to serve either a simple rice side dish along with a green vegetable or green salad. Here is a link to all my side dish recipes but here are my suggestions for this particular dish.
- easy lemon herb rice or olive and date rice dish
- air fryer asparagus fries or asparagus noodles with creamy dijon sauce
- Asian green beans with almonds or green beans with bacon
- sun dried tomatoes and spinach cauliflower rice
- German fried potatoes with bacon
- bacon, potatoes and brussel sprouts or Mediterranean brussel sprouts
More tilapia recipes and other seafood dishes.
I have over 45 seafood recipes on this blog. I have plenty of tilapia recipes as it’s inexpensive and easily available. But here are my favorite recipes that use seafood.
- keto fish tacos, air fryer fish sticks, and easy asiago fish bake (all using tilapia)
- brined smoked salmon and salmon with chunky avocado salsa
- tuna steaks with creamy dijon sauce or sriracha sauce or chimichurri sauce
- seafood chowder and seafood nachos
- low carb coconut shrimp with pineapple salsa or Mexican shrimp cocktail
Since I usually have a bag of frozen tilapia in freezer as well as the rest of the ingredients on hand, I will definitely be making this panko paresan crusted baked tilapia recipe again. I hope you like it as much as we did and it becomes a family favorite meal.
- 6 tilapia loins (or filets)
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 4 tablespoons butter
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or other fresh herbs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking dish by spraying with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Thaw frozen fish if you are using it and then dab with a papertowel to dry. Then place the filets or loins in the baking dish. If you are fresh fish just place in the dish. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
- Melt butter in the microwave. In the meatime place herbs and garlic in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. You can also do this by hand.
- In a large mixing bowl add the parmesan cheese, panko, and garlic mixture. Mix well. Then pour the melted butter on top and mix well to combine.
- Spread the parmesan mixture evenly over the fish then place in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the fish is cooked through. If you are using thinner filets instead of the thick loins it might take less time to cook through. Check around the 12 minutes mark.
- Also the topping should be golden brown. If the fish is done but the topping is not browned to your liking, you can just place it under the broiler for a few minutes.
- Let cool before serving. Store leftover tilapia in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 428mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 48g