Easy Baked Tilapia is crowned with a parmesan panko topping and baked to golden perfection.

Tender, flaky and full of flavor, this is one dish your family will request over and over!

This easy recipe is ready in just 15 minutes making it the perfect addition to your weekly menu!

Easy Baked Tilapia with lemon and spinach

I am so excited to have partnered with Plan to Eat to bring you this easy tilapia recipe.

Adding fish to our weekly menu is a great way to break up the meal planning blues!

My kids love fish caught fresh from the lake in the summer, but during the winter we still like to add fish to our meal rotation.

Not only is it light and delicious, this parmesan crusted tilapia cooks up in just minutes making it the perfect quick dinner!

Easy Baked Tilapia on a plate with lemon

Simple and easy recipes like this Easy Baked Tilapia not only make dinner a cinch, they make weeknight meals fuss free which is something I’m really trying to focus on this year.

Planning my meals and having a list of easy recipes at my fingertips is the perfect way to begin the new year!

Meal Planning Made Easy

During the week our evenings always seemed packed with soccer practice, homework and errands.  I find that meal planning is one of the best ways for us to not only ensure we’re not tempted to grab take out, but also to create meals that are delicious and quick!

Menu planning can be quite a task to coordinate so using an easy meal planning site & app like Plan to Eat, simplifies everything!

This is a fantastic tool that not only makes meal planning effortless, it even creates your grocery shopping list!

With fun challenges and great ideas (like January’s list of Easy Recipes for the New Year) it’s the perfect tool for any busy family!

Easy Meals for the New Year from Plan to Eat on Vimeo.

Why Meal Plan?

Save time and money! Meal planning is the perfect way to prepare for your week!  Less stress, quicker shopping trips, and great meal choices ready to go!

Plan to Eat features easy to make recipes and also allows you import and simply drag and drop recipes from blogs you love (like Spend With Pennies) into your week!

Having everything in one easy place means no more scattered papers and a grocery list that can easily be printed or sent to your phone!

I’m excited that this Easy Baked Tilapia recipe is featured as one of January’s  EASY MEALS FOR THE NEW YEAR on Plan to Eat (along with many other yummy recipes I can’t wait to try)!

Easy Baked Tilapia being squeezed with lemon juice

Back to the recipe…I love this Easy Baked Tilapia (or cod) because it is just that…easy!

How to Cook Tilapia

Baking tilapia is so simple; it cooks quickly and needs very little preparation.

Wash and pat dry the fillets, brush with melted butter and a squeeze of lemon. Place on a parchment lined or sprayed pan.

Combine the topping ingredients and distribute evenly over the fillets and bake! That’s it!

It will cook quickly, leaving just enough time to put together a simple Cucumber Dill Salad! Add on a whole wheat roll and you have a complete, balanced and delicious meal in minutes!

Raw seasoned Easy Baked Tilapia

Tender and delicious oven baked tilapia is the answer to dinner time humdrum and one you’re definitely going to want to add to your menu plan! Tilapia or cod, with it’s mild, delicate flavor is an easy type of fish to serve.

The panko topping provides just the right amount of crunch and your taste buds will love the zesty lemon and tangy parmesan!

Easy Baked Tilapia is light and flaky and it cooks up beautifully moist and tender. Meals in minutes added your menu plan is the perfect easy way to start your new year off on the right foot!

Easy Baked Tilapia with lemon and spinach
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Easy Baked Tilapia (or Cod)

This easy baked tilapia recipe is crowned with a delicious parmesan crust. Dinner is ready in just 15 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 filets white fish such as cod or tilapia
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons melted butter


  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Rinse tilapia filets, pat dry and place on a pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Drizzle with butter. Squeeze lemon juice over the filets.
  • Top with the Panko mixture.
  • Cook 15 minutes or just until cooked through and fish is flaky.
  • Broil for the last minute if desired


Broil for the last minute if desired
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 240 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 532mg | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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

Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian

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  1. I never leave recipe reviews but have to for this one. I’m in college and make this recipe at least 3 times a week, it’s delicious every time. I don’t even use the panko and go with Parmesan and spices only and it’s still great. Super simple, quick and affordable – thanks for posting!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment Mara, I appreciate it so much! I’m glad you’ve loved this recipe, it’s a favorite in our house too! Happy Cooking!

  2. My oldest son is the hardest person to please. He won’t eat anything. But this dish, he absolutely loved! And he kept saying how good it was. He ate two pieces of fish. Will definitely use this recipe again!5 stars

  3. Excellent! Scrumptious! So tasty, quick & easy! Pinned it! Love! Love! Love! Thanks! Was trying to find new fish recipes in order to increase our fish intake. This one was a home run!!!

  4. I made this recipe with Italian bread crumbs, and not just Parmesan cheese, but with the mixture of Italian cheeses. It was delish. No trouble and quick to bake.

  5. Such a simple and easy recipe! I love recipes that fit into my meal plan with almost zero effort. This one will definately be in next week’s rotation!5 stars

  6. I’m always looking for tasty and easy recipes to make during the week, and this is perfect. I love that panko crust!

  7. We have a hard time finding properly raised tilapia around here, but we love cod. Love an easy baked cod recipe – so perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. We have cod fish tacos on the menu this week, but I can’t wait to give this recipe a try for next week!

  8. I always have a supply of tilapia in my freezer, so this recipe is right up my alley for next week’s meal planning!

  9. Your fish is done to perfection!! We do eat a lot of seafood. It is such a great way to add low fat protein to your meals. It’s certainly easy and tasty!! 5 stars

  10. This is such a great recipe, that fish looks perfect! Definitely adding this to my weekly meals!5 stars

  11. Every family should have easy delicious recipes like this one, for the week. This fish looks so juicy and tender, while the breadcrumbs and Parmesan give a nice crunch.

  12. Love this quick and easy dinner idea! We eat loads of white fish on the house and I’m sure this will easily become a favorite!