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. This is the first recipe I’ve tried from this site. It was easy and delicious! I had frozen tilapia available. I didn’t have dill, but had some fresh parsley which worked very well. Some of my parm mixture melted and slid off while broiling. But it didn’t matter. I just flipped it back on top with the spatula :-). I served the fish with herbed rice, broccoli and lemon wedges on the side. Thank you for this quick and tasty recipe!5 stars

  2. Tilapia is pretty flavorless and after trying lots of recipes this one really brought a lot of good flavor. Cooks super fast under broiler. I added a clove minced garlic5 stars

  3. Delicious.. used ranch dressing instead of mayo. Melted the butter and made the topping first so it could sit and Added 1/8 cup of crumbs. I used dry dill and it was fine. Didn’t have a lemon but that was ok. Will make again.5 stars

  4. Hi, if you’re actually reading this then here’s the deal. Followed all directions but the fish stuck a little to the aluminum foil. It wasn’t crispy at all like the picture but the taste is really good. Looking for something fast to eat.. try this out.4 stars

  5. Sorry, but I thought this dish was awful. Way to sour. While dills works for salmon, it does not work for tilapia – in my opinion. Would not make it again.1 star

  6. Made this just a few minutes ago. Such a quick and easy recipe. I had neither parmesan cheese nor dill so I used mild cheddar and Spanish thyme instead and those worked perfectly! Just added this to my go to recipes… Delicious!5 stars

  7. This was delicious, but what did I do wrong? My topping just melted! There was no nice brown crust… am I missing bread crumbs or something? It’s just parm, butter, mayo, dill and lemon.

    1. Hi Jen, the topping does melt as it heats up but broiling it at the end is what created the nice brown crust on the fish. Hope that helps!

  8. Absolutely delicious! The fish comes out so tender and flavorful. The recipe as is is a perfect keto entre, i used the remaining juices on my french green beans. Thanks so much for a quick, tasty meal.5 stars

  9. Thank you for sharing this recipe. So easy to prepare/cook and fabulous taste. Served it with basmati rice and a side salad. Superb.5 stars

  10. Delicious! I sprinkled salt and pepper on the fish before broiling, so as to have our preferred amount. I used cold butter, cut into small pieces, which made it hard to spread evenly over the fish. Also used dried dill. It was fine. Parsley would be good, too. Next time, I will soften or melt the butter. And there will definitely be a next time!5 stars

  11. This recipe was quick, easy, and delicious. I don’t think I will ever fry or bake tilapia again. Broiling is the way to go!5 stars

  12. Delicious! Made a few small changes. I seasoned the fish with salt and pepper before putting in the broiler. And I added a little garlic and onion powder to the parm mixture. Didn’t have fresh dill so I used dried. Came out great. Broiled at the top rack on high and it browned up nicely and was perfectly cooked.5 stars

  13. Bland and a bit dry, But after I drizzled some sesame ginger salad dressing over the fish it tasted pretty good!2 stars