Parmesan Broiled Tilapia

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This Broiled Parmesan Tilapia is the best tilapia recipe I’ve ever had with a tender flaky fish fillet and an amazing parmesan crust!  

This broiled tilapia recipe has been pinned 750,000+ times, and for good reason.  Once you’ll try it, you will see why everyone raves over this recipe and it will be one of your go-to tilapia recipes!

A close of of a parmesan crusted tilapia recipe on a plate with rice.

This Parmesan Broiled Tilapia is so easy and delicious, making it one of my absolute favorite tilapia recipes!  With just a few minutes to prep and this whole dish is on the table in 10 minutes start to finish!

Serve this easy dish with a squeeze of fresh lemon or Dill Pickle Tartar Sauceroasted broccoli and a side salad for the perfect meal.

What is Tilapia?

Tilapia is a white fish that was traditionally found in Africa, but is now farmed in many countries including domestically. It is an excellent source of protein and a good source of vitamins and minerals. So not only is it good for you, but the fact that it is delicious is just a bonus!

While this recipe calls for tilapia, any white fish can easily be substituted with excellent results!

3 filets of tilapia baked according to an easy tilapia recipe

How to Cook Tilapia

You’ll be amazed at how easy (and quick) most tilapia recipes are. Like most fish, it is important that you do not overcook your tilapia fillets as they can dry out. You can cook tilapia in the oven or it can be poached, fried, or broiled.

In this recipe, I have chosen to broil it. I love how quick it is but also that this tilapia recipe creates a very moist flaky fish with a beautifully browned parmesan crust!

Parmesan and seasonings in a bowl for making an easy tilapia recipe

How long to Cook Tilapia in the Oven 

While you can easily make oven baked tilapia, I do love broiling it to make it really fast.  Broiled on high, this tilapia recipe only takes 3-4 minutes per side, depending of course on the size of the fillet. If the fish fillet is quite large you will need to increase broil time by a minute each side.

Baking tilapia is as easy as broiling is but will not produce an outer crust as browned and delicious. For this reason I prefer to broil the tilapia in this recipe.

Parmesan Broiled Tilapia is a great start to any meal in under 15 minutes. We serve it with Green Beans with Bacon and a side of Garlic Butter Rice for the perfect meal! Risotto, pasta and of course classic french fries are all great sides for this fresh and crusty entree! While it makes a quick meal during the week, this recipe is definitely one you will want to serve when you have guests over. It will be a favorite for sure!

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia on a plate with lemons and parsley.

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Parmesan Broiled Tilapia

Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Parmesan Broiled Tilapia is a quick and simple tilapia recipe that is so light and flaky. This easy recipe is on the table in 10 minutes start to finish!


  • 4 tilapia fillets (defrosted if frozen)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice fresh
  • 1 teaspoon dill fresh
  • seasoning salt and pepper

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  1. Turn broiler onto high and adjust oven rack to the top.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except the tilapia. Set aside.
  3. Place tilapia fillets on a foil lined pan. Broil for 3 minutes.

  4. Remove from the oven, flip over and divide the parmesan mixture over the uncooked sides of the tilapia.
  5. Return to the oven and broil an additional 3-4 minutes making sure not to over cook the fish.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 274, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 106mg, Sodium: 271mg, Potassium: 513mg, Protein: 36g, Vitamin A: 225%, Vitamin C: 1.5%, Calcium: 91%, Iron: 1%

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

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Parmesan Broiled Tilapia Recipe. This is a great and quick recipe it's so light and flaky and the best part it's on the table in 10 minutes start to finish!

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  1. I followed the authors instructions to a T, this is by far the worst fish recipe I’ve ever prepared! Tasteless,dry and unappealing. The fish was bland. Something about putting dry fish in the broil without spices or butter turned me off from the start. The mix on top was sub par at best.

  2. Amazing taste. My whole family loved this recipe. I broiled it a couple of extra minutes on each side due to the size of the fillets. We will make this again.

  3. Very delicious and very easy to fix. I did not have any dill so made this without it – still a fantastic taste! I will always use this recipe for tilapia. Thank you for a truly awesome recipe.

  4. Just made this tonight for my family and even made dairy free for my daughter’s food allergy (with her df butter and df parmesan cheese shreds) and all 4 of my kids (ages 2-10) crushed it! Came out delicious even modified for DF. Definitely our new “go to” tilapia recipe. Thank you so much for an amazing and quick/ easy dinner!

    1. So happy to hear this recipe worked modified for dairy free Natalie. Definitely a keeper when the whole family can enjoy it!

  5. Hubby and I just finished our dinner featuring this tilapia recipe. It was DELICIOUS!!! I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 EVOO, and dried dill since I didn’t have any fresh. We will definitely have this again! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. This is the best way I’ve ever had Tilapia at home!! So delicious! Even my kids loved it! We will definitely be using this recipe in the future.

  7. I had to bake mine, so I took your advice that I saw you give another commenter and did it at 400 degrees for about 12-15. My topping was mushy. So i cooked it longer….I’ve done it as long as I can without burning and drying out the fish, topping still mush, idk what I did wrong. There’s no crunch at all. H E L P

  8. This is truly amazing!! Thank you
    I also added some Italian bread crumbs.. my husband is not a fish eater and he went back for seconds‼️ Wow delicious tender-and- juicy and slightly crispy for a great texture.

  9. Amazing flavor. Tender and flaky with a perfectly crisp edge! Thanks for such a great recipe. It’s going in our standard line up!

  10. Just made this tonight and it was AMAZING! My husband commented that it was restaurant quality. I made it exactly as directed but added a clove of finally minced garlic. Yum!

  11. Beyond Good! Quick, easy, not really expensive, DELICIOUS! I substituted Cilantro Lime Ranch salad dressing for half of the mayo and got a great extra kick. Absolute best way to do tilapia.

    1. Sounds great Raymond. Thank you for sharing your idea, and I’m so happy to hear that you love this tilapia recipe!

  12. This is fantastic! My son, who tolerates fish but is rarely enthusiastic about it, was raving about this recipe! He said it’s the best fish he ever ate. My hubby and I also loved it!

  13. Holly,
    Can the tilapia be cooked in an air fryer and achieve the same crispy topping without drying g the fish out? And would you recommend about the same cooking time at 400°? Adding this entree to my Christmas dinner for my non meat eaters. Sounds fantastic and I know they’ll love. Thanks!

    1. I haven’t tried this in the air fryer although I think it would be great! As for time, since I haven’t tried it, I can’t say for sure. If you try it, please let us know how it goes!

  14. Loved it!!!! Best (and easiest) fish recipe I’ve ever eaten. I added some spices and bread crumbs. That mayo made it so moist and juicy. Fish is usually too dry for me, but that was sooo good. I usually use Tzatziki sauce on all my fish to combat the dryness, but this didn’t even need that (and I ran out) ! Definitely recommend!

  15. I dont care for dill or lemon on my food, we subbed it for onion powder, it was the fastest BEST fish ever. A staple in my house. I paired it with a brocolli slaw salad for my fam and a bruschetta salad for me. They love broc, I hate it. Overall, dinner was a hit tonight!!!

  16. Is it grated Parmesan or parmesan that comes in a can on grocery store shelf for tilapia fish recipe?

  17. Quick and Easy to make it taste so delicious I made broccoli and cheese rice to go along with it my family LOVES IT

  18. This was AMAZING. I cut the mayo in half and didn’t have dill, but otherwise I stuck to the recipe. My kids (10 and 11) LOVED it!

    1. The recipe does call for pepper to taste. Parmesan cheese is salty, so I don’t add additional salt. Feel free to add them to your taste Hector.

  19. I love how simple, light and flavorful this is, I too used Hellmans/Best Foods light mayo. My family loved it! Definitely being added to my favorites.

  20. I am not good with broiling. I set the broil to high and moved the rack up. Broiled 3 min on one side. Good. Flip. Slather with yummy. Broil 3-4 more minutes. No. The pan caught fire and overheated my oven to the point I had to unplug it. Put the fire out. Opened the windows and sat down to the best tasting tilapia I’ve ever had. My picky eater even finished it. Please help me figure out how to make this without the flames. 

    1. Glad you loved the recipe Rebecca! Maybe try moving your rack down next time? Or perhaps you have a lower broil temperature available.

    2. If you have an electric oven, do you leave your oven door slightly open when broiling? That is recommended. I have this recipe from an old Junior League cookbook. Has been our favorite for years! On the menu tonight!

  21. Absolutely loved this! I did add some homemade breadcrumbs to it which turned out great! Love how quick and easy this was. Will definitely be making again and again!

  22. Wow, was this recipe amazing.  I didn’t change a thing except I doubled the topping because my tilapia was big.  My husband wants this again for dinner tomorrow.  I made steamed broccoli and cauliflower to go with it.  Very keto / LCHF diabetic friendly recipe.  I will be making this a lot.  

  23. Hi Holly,

    Thanks for this recipe! I’m planning to make it tomorrow night for dinner. What sort of side dish do you recommend to serve with it? I’d like a healthy side dish.

  24. Admittedly I tweaked this based on what I had and because I like kicked up flavor–but used the recipe and proportions as a guide and it turned out great! Fwiw, I sprinkled S & P on the fish after I turned it over and before I added the parm mixture. I did not have dill so I used parsley and also added 1/4 tsp. each of the following: garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and Italian seasoning. Also used a combo of low fat mayo and low fat ranch dressing for that component. Next time I would add some cayenne too. Flavors were still pretty subtle even with these changes, but subtle in a really nice way. I also sprayed the foil with nonstick spray before putting the fish on it. Definitely a keeper!

  25. I’ve never commented before on a recipe any where but felt this was definitely worthy.  Love love love it! Will be a recipe I make for company too.  Thank you for sharing!!
    I doubled the ingredients but not the fish.  

  26. This is AMAZING! And, I am not a fish fan…like at all! I have tried to like fish for years, and I can not stand the stuff. Today I gave this recipe a shot, and holy cow, I went back for seconds! SO GOOD!!! I will be making this again, and it will be soon!
    I should say, I did add some garlic powder to the Parmesan cheese mixture.

    1. I am so glad that you liked the recipe! I think that sounds like a delicious addition, I might have to add a little garlic to it next time I make it!

  27. I do not ever eat Tilapia but this recipe is delicious with Scrod or Haddock… quick and easy supper.. add a green salad and nice white wine and a small dessert…Voila

  28. I have actually found that it works out better if you add 1/4th of a cup of Garlic Bread Crumbs to the mixture that not only does it add a bit of crunch and taste it also will actually keep all of the topping on the fish all the way through broiling the mixture side up. I have made it both ways a number of times for friends and family and they all thought it was better with the bread crumbs. I also add a good sprinkle of Old Bay to both sides of the fish and that really punches the flavor up quite a bit. Just my 2 cents worth.

  29. This fish was great! Used parsley instead of dill because that is what I had on hand. I also seasoned the fish with salt and pepper before broiling. My husband and 1 year old loved it!

  30. Absolutely the best tilapia recipe I have ever used! Made this last night and it was delicious. DH said I can make it anytime. This will definitely be in the dinner rotation. Thank you!

  31. Have finally awoken the lady three years to loving and cooking fish at home.
    Tilapia is my go to.
    Cannot wait to try this.
    Thanks k you for sharing
    Following your Pinterest page

  32. Made this tonight, substituted the dill for Italian seasoning I already had in cabinet. I fully intended on taking these mind blowing pics but in the midst of tasting, ALL TRAIN OF THOUGHT WAS LOST. What an amazing recipe, so simple and fast to make. What I loved most about this recipe is it didn’t require a trip to the grocery store. I had all the ingredients in the fridge,SCORE!!

  33. Love this recipe! Have made it 4 times!! I added paprika instead of pepper & some Panko breadcrumbs for a little crunch. No leftovers on this one!!! And so easy & quick☺

  34. I found this tilapia recipe a couple of months ago. I now make it once or twice a week. My husband says it’s restaurant quality! Thank you for this amazing recipe

  35. Loved the Parmesan Broiled Tilapia! Was looking for a little change in my fish recipes ad this was perfect! My family devoured it.

  36. I’m not a fish lover but this sounded really tasty ,so I made it for dinner tonight omg! It was really good I will definitely make it again

    1. I have only made this recipe as written however I do think you could bake it. I would suggest baking it at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until just cooked and flaky.

  37. I like to substitute light sour cream in place of the mayo/dressing. It makes it a little less greasy and taste better if you’re not a fan of mayo. My family loves this!

  38. I made this with salmon. Cooked it longer. Used Hellman light mayo, parsley instead of dill, and Promise buttery spread. It was really easy and reall good. Will definitely make it again!

  39. I made this tonight and I must say it was very delicious!!! This recipe is a keeper. I did use grated Parmesan cheese and I did lightly season fish with sea salt and pepper but you don’t even need to the parmesan topping already has so much flavor I wasn’t expecting it to. This is the first time I wrote a review and Im going be honest I wrote it because while I deciding to make it i was reading the reviews and I said to myself these people are just saying its good it’s probably not that good but what the heck i already have everything to make it and don’t have to go to the store. I was wrong though I absolutely love this recipe so simple but so good!!!!

  40. So I made this, replacing mayo with plain Greek yogurt because of IBS, and mayo is a huge trigger “food” for me. Maybe it was because of this, but it didn’t stick well, or spread. Following all the other ingredients, I ended up having to add more seasons because this thing was so very bland. So I put it over rice, added in some garlic and Tony Chacher’s, and at least didn’t have a complete failure of food.

    1. I didn’t have that problem. Were your ingredients warm when you put them on? Maybe try chilling the topping ingredients next time before you broil it (it may just be related to a particular brand of product you are using)

  41. Finally trying all my pins and I found this one and got around to trying it. It was over EXTREMELY well. Only me and my son eat fish in this house. He was completely bummed that I only made 4 pieces for the 2 of us. It went over so well that randomly a few days later my son tells me that he NEEDS to have “that” fish again. Definitely will be a tried and true repeat in my house. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  42. I would like to make fish but in the past the fish I have had has had a “fishy” taste. I have been told that is because if the fish is not “extremely” fresh it will be that way. Any ideas on cooking this? or is this true? If so, what is a mild fish? It looks really good, I am just extremely nervous about cooking it.

    1. I personally find tilapia to be very mild. I like to sometimes soak the fish in milk for a couple of hours first, this seems to give it a milder flavor! It’s super easy to cook and tastes light and delicious!

  43. So I don’t have a working broiler in my large kitchen oven. I often overlook recipes that call for the broiler. However, I recently received a rather nice toaster oven (the kind that supposedly can roast a whole chicken!) for a wedding gift. It does have a broiler option but I was wondering if you think I would receive the same result as with a full size oven.


  44. I found this on Pinterest and it was a life saver. My family loved it and I did my first blog post referencing it. I didn’t have dill on hand so we used some Italian seasoning. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  45. Would this recipe work for salmon? I have some salmon in my freezer and want to find something to do with it that everyone might like.

    1. You may have to adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of your salmon, but it should work! We’d love to hear how it turns out for you!

  46. This recipe was a huge hit in our house. I subbed lemon basil for the dill just because that’s what I have on hand. It was delicious. I got picky 2 and 4 year olds to eat fish and ask for seconds! Yea! Thanks.

  47. I’ve heard some less-than savoury rumours about tilapia and the way they are farmed so I’ve always steered clear of it. Does anyone know if you can do this sort of recipe with halibut or haddock? It looks delicious and I definitely want to have a go with it! :)

    1. My husband didnt blveiee that I made this myself, he swore I got it from a restauraunt. It came out amazingly and the only complaint my husband had about was that he could feel my arteries closing up lol. thanks so much

  48. Absolutely delicious & SO easy! Love tilapia and we made this just as your recipe reads & it is definitely a keeper in our home! Thanks for sharing….

  49. Is there a way to prepare this recipe without the mayo? It looks delicious but I don’t care for mayo. Thank! Love the blog!

    1. Although I haven’t, you could definitely try it without the mayo! The mixture becomes quite thick and I am sure it would work well!

      1. Made this tonight and it was a hit! I substituted plain Greek yogurt for both the mayo and butter and it was delish!

  50. I tried this recipe last night and it was a hit with my family, even my girls who are not fish eaters loved it! I believe I have found a new way to serve my family fish, thank you!

  51. Made this for dinner tonight, I didn’t have regular parm so I subistuted the three cheese blend, shredded Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago. All I can say is WOW simply amazing. We grilled it for 7 minutes then finished off in the broiler for a nice crust.

    1. If you cook these on the grill place tin foil underneath it to prevent sticking and the fish burning. Make sure to watch closely so you don’t overcook the fish.

  52. This was amazing!! All of my kids LOVED it and asked for more. I’ve never been able to get them to eat fish. Thanks so much!!

  53. I made this last night and it was a Huge Hit! Husband and kids Loved it! Will definately cook this again, and again! Thanks for sharing!!

  54. I just had to tell you how much I Love this recipe!! I made it tonight with cod and It was a huge hit!! It was so yummy, the timing was perfect. I made parmesan squash “chips” on the side. Thanks for the recipe!

  55. Has anyone tried making this with already breaded fish? The Tilapia we have is breaded and I wonder if I top it with some of the same ingredients if it will work out? Thanks!

    1. I haven’t but I would worry that the breading would burn if you broiled it. You could definitely add the topping and cook according to you package directions!

      Let us know if you try it!! :)

      1. I would assume putting the mayo over breaded fish would make the crust soggy. Bake the fish first and then top with mayo, finishing off in the broiler

    2. I have made it twice and the second time I added bread crumbs to the parmesan mixture to ensure some extra crunch. Delicious.

  56. I just made this for dinner tonight, it was so easy, and so delicious. I have made Tilapia many ways, and it has never had the reaction this got. Thanks for posting this recipe. My family appreciates it. yum