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
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  • 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
5 from 155 votes

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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I am excited to have partnered with Plan to Eat to bring you this belly warming recipe.  While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

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  1. I’m pretty young and learning how to cook, this was easy and tasted fantastic! Thanks for making this available to us who just want to learn how to cook :)5 stars

  2. Made this for supper tonight. I didn’t have panko bread, so substituted finely crushed whole wheat crackers. My husband and son cleaned the platter. We don’t eat a lot of fish, but this recipe may definitely change that. Went great with vegetable rice pilaf and cheese biscuits. Super glad I found this recipe.5 stars

  3. This was SO delicious and simple! I roasted some yams and peppers in the oven to go with it. Dinner took minimal effort and was healthy.

  4. This is a very tasty and easy recipe. Plus, it’s healthy. I followed the recipe as written and I would definitely recommend it to friends. Fast, easy and delicious! Thanks!5 stars

  5. Finally, I have my go-to baked tilapia recipe! Dinner was a solo mission tonight – meaning I cooked by myself and for myself, and It feels like I ate the weight of my cat in fish, but it was so, so good. Looking forward to making this again – maybe adding cherry tomatoes, and/or some cayenne or red pepper flakes. A keeper for sure!5 stars

  6. Thanks for this wonderful, tasty and simple recipe with ingredients we usually have on hand. We enjoyed it!

  7. Hi Holly,
    Loved your recipe. Tried it for the first time last night. I used lime, but it kept its lime taste too. It was light and I kept it in the oven on warm. I also tried your banana bread. Next, I’ll try your couscous recipe. I like that Your food is very clean. Who taught you how to cook?

    1. So glad you loved it Melissa! My mom is an amazing cook so I learned a lot from her! I’ve attended classes at our local culinary school and I try to take cooking classes every time I travel (Italy, Louisiana, and Mexico to name a few). Enjoy the couscous!

  8. Oh 5 stars is not nearly enough for this most excellent and delicious recipe! I made it tonight and it was terrific! I served it with green beans and squash casserole, and my goodness we both loved it. Thank you for this, it’s the only way I’m eating tilapia for the rest of my life.5 stars

  9. I made this recipe tonight and the only thing I did wrong was… I should have made lots more! They raved and raved. Thanks for the recipe . Fantastic and so simple, but tasted like fine dining. 5 stars to you!5 stars

  10. Hello

    This sounds amazing would love to make it. Are the nutritional facts based on per serving? I am tracking my macros and want to enter it correctly.

    1. Hi Brenda, the nutrition information is per serving but is just an estimate. I would recommend using an external nutrition calculator like MyFitnessPal or something similar to calculate nutrition based on the brand and ingredients you used for the recipe.

  11. have made this recipe several times and i always get great reviews! having company tonight and am serving fresh cod instead of tilapia. delicious and so easy, thanks for sharing

  12. Made this with mozzarella cheese,i had no parmesan i sprinkled powder parm with it and a side of hash browns. I also used garlic powder. Taste yummy thank you.