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!

Parmesan Broiled Tilapia on a white plate with brown rice on the side

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!

Three pieces of Parmesan Broiled Tilapia on a baking sheet with foil

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!

Bowl of seasonings ready to be mixed for tilapia

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!

Overhead shot of Parmesan Broiled Tilapia on a white plate

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Parmesan Broiled Tilapia

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!
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 tilapia fillets (defrosted if frozen)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice fresh
  • 1 teaspoon dill fresh
  • seasoning salt and pepper


  • Turn broiler onto high and adjust oven rack to the top.
  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except the tilapia. Set aside.
  • Place tilapia fillets on a foil lined pan. Broil for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, flip over and divide the parmesan mixture over the uncooked sides of the tilapia.
  • Return to the oven and broil an additional 3-4 minutes making sure not to over cook the fish.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 274 | Protein: 36g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 513mg | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. How do you get the fish to look like the pictures? Looks like it was pan seared instead. As your video is 100% different from photos. So I guess you seared it for the photos as that looks better. Right?

    1. Definitely not seared in the images, if you’d like it browner you can broil it longer or closer to the element. Hope that helps! Enjoy the recipe.

  2. AMAZING! Best fish recipe yet! It made my tastebuds melt! And I too used dill I had in cabinet! I was a little nervous to change the rack to the top layer so I did 2nd to top and still browned up nicely!

  3. This was a very good recipe. I sometimes dread eating talapia. It’s normally my least favorite meal but it’s quick. However this recipe made me want it more often. The only thing I did differently than the recipe is put a little kosher salt and pepper on the bottom of the fish. Then when I flip it I only put the mixture from the recipe. It was a HIT with the kiddos.5 stars

  4. This is the best Tilapia recipe out there !!! So tasty !! I’ve made it several times and my husband ( who dislikes fish ) loves it !

    I seasoned with salt , pepper and a bit of garlic and paprika before hand and the only addition I made to the mixture is I mixed in a bit of Itálian bread crumbs and also placed some over top of the fish with the mixture .

    So yummy thank you !5 stars

  5. Holly.. by golly. I know the recipe calls
    for fresh dill.,

    so if by that you mean ” Dill that has been sitting in your spice rack for a little over a year” I followed the directions perfectly. If that’s not what you meant, it didn’t matter cuz it was excellent. Thank you Holly5 stars

  6. 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.1 star

      1. Might be because in the video you brush the fish with olive oil before you put the first side in, but you don’t show that in the instructions?

  7. 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.5 stars

  8. 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.5 stars

  9. 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!

  10. 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!5 stars

  11. 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.5 stars

  12. I substituted plain greek yogurt for the mayo & it turned out great! Definately will make this again5 stars

    1. That sounds like a tasty and healthy alteration Laura! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  13. This turned out amazing! I was sceptical of the 6 minutes under the broiler but it was perfect!! Thanks!5 stars

  14. 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

  15. 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.5 stars