Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is a light, crisp and delicately flavoured dish that takes less than 20 minutes to make. Your family will love how it tastes and you will love how quick and easy it is!

This parmesan tilapia is coated in a simple crust and pan fried for a few minutes on each side.  This easy meal is perfect served with your favorite slaw or a fresh Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing.

Parmesan crusted tilapia served with a fresh salad and tartar sauce.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Recipe

There is nothing better than an easy to prepare meal on a busy weeknight and this easy tilapia recipe hits the mark on both counts! Tender tilapia filets are dipped in an egg mixture, coated with parmesan seasoned panko crumbs and pan fried till golden brown.

This Parmesan Crusted Tilapia recipe will conquer the “same old thing for dinner” blues!  While I’ve used tilapia in this recipe, the simple and crispy crust is a delicious way to serve any type of white fish!

A parmesan crumb mixture for making my favorite Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

What is Tilapia?

Tilapia is a white fish, similar in taste and texture to cod however, the texture of tilapia is a bit more firm. Tilapia will flake when cooked and is very versatile for many recipes from Easy Fish Tacos to Blackened Fish. Tilapia is a freshwater farmed fish grown in many countries around the world, including the US and Canada.

Fish is good for you, it is a great way to add variety to your table and it takes just minutes to prepare.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia pan fried until crisp

How to make Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Tilapia can be baked, broiled, fried or poached.  I love the simplicity of Baked Tilapia or broiling (when I make Parmesan Broiled Tilapia) but a nice crispy parmesan crust like this one is made perfect by pan frying!

How to Cook Tilapia

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add fish and fry for about 3 minutes per side or just until cooked through.
  • Keep warm on a low oven (250°F) if cooking in batches.
  • Serve warm with colesalw and Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce.

For all methods, it is a good idea to use a meat thermometer to check for doneness (145°F). The fish will flake easily when it is done.

A plate of tender crisp parmesan crusted tilapia

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Crispy Parmesan Tilapia

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is a light, crisp and delicately flavoured dish that takes less than 20 minutes to make. It's super easy and you'll love it!


  • 6 tilapia fillets defrosted if frozen
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • lemon slices for serving
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper

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  1. In a small bowl, combine eggs, dijon mustard & water. Mix well and set aside. In a separate dish, combine all of the coating ingredients.

  2. Dip each tilapia fillet into the egg mixture and then into the crumb mixture. Be sure to press the crumbs into the fish and make sure it's completely coated.

  3. Once all of the fillets are coated, preheat butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  

  4. Place the coated fish fillets in the skillet, and cover with a lid.  Cook for 3 minutes. Flip the fish, cover again and cook an additional 3 minutes.

  5. Serve with fresh lemon slices.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information counts for the use of 2/3 of the coating mixture.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 380, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 116mg, Sodium: 678mg, Potassium: 589mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 40g, Vitamin A: 13.1%, Vitamin C: 6.6%, Calcium: 10.1%, Iron: 50.5%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia served with parsley garnish, flaky and delicious


Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is easy to make! Tender tilapia filets are dipped in an egg mixture, coated with parmesan seasoned panko crumbs and pan fried till golden brown. #spendwithpennies #tilapia #fish #seafood #fishrecipe #tilapiarecipe #20minutemeal

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  1. Followed the recipe step by step…when I fried the tilapia, the entire panko-parmesan mix fell off the fish! What did I do wrong?

    1. That’s disappointing! I can’t say for sure what happened because my crust stayed on. Was your fish defrosted and fairly dry when you dipped it into the egg mixture?