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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
This is a super easy and quick way to cook your fish with minimal clean up. I was thinking about my Parmesan Meatballs and how one of the secret ingredients (dry Parmesan) turned it from normal meatballs to meatballs with the X factor. Mr. Cooking Jar loves my meatballs so much I can pretty much ask for anything on those days and take advantage of his ‘meatball high’ while being subjected to the inevitable dirty jokes involving my balls.

Parmesan Crusted TilapiaThe idea of applying the same secret weapon to tilapia was tempting, so here we have Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with just a sprinkle of paprika, fresh parsley and optional lemon wedges. This lead to the idea of one day making panko crusted tilapia: the recipe will soon follow. In the meantime, enjoy this easy and healthy recipe!

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 1/4 cup dry Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced or cut into wedges (optional)


  1. Combine cheese, paprika, parsley, salt and pepper
  2. Brush both sides of the fillet with olive oil
  3. Dredge the fillets in the cheese mixture
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the fillets on it
  5. Pat the leftover mixture onto the fillets
  6. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12 minutes. If the tilapia is not yet crisp and browned, broil at 450 degress F for another 5 minutes
  7. Dish and serve hot with lemon wedges


1 Comment

  • Reply
    Navaneetham Krishnan
    August 16, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    My other half will jump high up if I made this crusted tilapia. Fish is his all time fav especially for dinner. Beautifully made, crispy brownish crust infused with creamy cheese flavor.

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