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

More Tilapia Recipes You’ll Love

Parmesan Broiled Tilapia on a white plate with brown rice on the side
4.86 from 224 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

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.


4.86 from 224 votes

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

Like our recipes?
Follow us on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest

parmesan crusted tilapia

parmesan broiled tilapia with a title



Recipes you'll love

About the author

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!
See more posts by Holly

Follow Holly on social media:

pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Free eBook!

Subscribe to receive weekly recipes and get a FREE Bonus e-book: Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals!

You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of emails you receive.

latest & greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating


  1. This was so very delicious!!! Quick and easy clean up too. It was light and flavorful!!! Can’t wait to make it again. Thank you!

    1. Delicious! I used basil because I didn’t have dill. Everything else was as called for by the recipe. Simple, fast, and so good! Thanks!5 stars

  2. I have been really looking for ways to incorporate more fish into dinners. This was outstanding. The cheese pairs so well with the mild flavor of the tilapia. I went with your recommendation of using basil as I didn’t have dill on hand and it worked perfectly. Thanks for such a great dinner tonight!5 stars

  3. Fish and cheese? Oof. I thought it looked good from the picture but for our entire family, this was not a good combination at all.1 star

    1. Cheese and seafood isn’t as taboo as it once was thought. With that said, this was a fantastic recipe! I will definitely be incorporating this into my recipe rotation.5 stars

  4. Holly-This recipe was amazing! A new favorite for sure. It was so quick and easy but with so much flavor. The tilapia was cooked to perfection. I think I forgot the butter and I didn’t have dill so I used parsley but it turned out great!! I will definitely make this again.5 stars

  5. Hey! I was excited to make your parmesan tilapia but I don’t have dill and nor does Publix for some reason. I don’t have time to another store. Can I use a different herb or is it worth the wait till I get dill? I have parsley, basil, rosemary and thyme. Would any of those work. I was planning to make pasta in a garlic parmesan cream sauce with fresh basil to go with it. Thanks!

    1. While it would change the flavor a bit I do think basil would work well in this recipe (and pair well with your cream sauce too). Let us know how it goes!

  6. Just a note for future chefs! All ovens are different. We put this on the top rack with our broiler and started a small kitchen fire! Yikes. We tried the blackened crisps after and they were pretty tasty (hence the 3 stars!) Just make sure you adjust the recipe to your oven!3 stars

    1. Yep, same happened to us – one rack down next time. Also I imagined a crispy crust. Ours was not…still tasty though.3 stars

  7. I tried this recipe last night and me the boyfriend both loved it. I hate being one of those people who rate a recipe and change something, but I’m not a fan of mayonnaise so we didn’t have any. I ended up using Caesar dressing instead and loved how it turned out. I kept everything else the same. Thanks for the recipe, definitely gonna make it again. Going to try it with chicken next time. I love just about every recipe you post, so keep it up!5 stars

  8. This has been a go to recipe for my husband and I. He is super picky, especially about seafood, and he asks for this on the regular. The one change I made is I sprinkle red pepper flakes on top of the mayonnaise mixture once I spread it on the fish, just before I put under the broiler. Gives it a little “kick”! Totally yum!

  9. Had this last night for first time. My wife and I were very impressed with how good this really is. Pretty amazing to be so simple. I did salt and pepper both sides rather than add that to the other ingredients. Had and used only dry dill seasoning. Other than that, prepared just as shown. I followed the recommendation and broiled the fish. That likely made a big difference. After broiling, I pulled the foil up around it and let it sit for 3 or 4 minutes as we wrapped up our side dishes.

    This is really good, and our Tilapia pieces were pretty large, didn’t expect to eat it all, but we sure did.

    I guess I would add that I thawed the wrapped, frozen fish in a pan of tap water for a few, then ran cold water over it unwrapped, to help hurry the thawing process. Dried with paper towels.5 stars

  10. This was SO simple and delicious!! Will definitely be adding to my list of go-to fish recipes! Served with roasted gold baby potatoes. Yum!5 stars

  11. We loved this recipe. So easy and delicious for a quick night meal. I did add panko bread crumbs after putting the sauce on top and that made it brown up nicely. Everyone loved and will be making this often as we always have tilapia or other white fish on hand.

    Thank you!5 stars

  12. This was a quick and easy recipe that I enjoyed making. The only issue I had was that because of the mayonnaise it tasted like fish with scrambled eggs on top. Not the best combo in my opinion. Other than that it was a good recipe!3 stars

  13. Wonderful! Easy too. I didn’t have any dill but I didn’t miss it. This is a fine recipe for family or company.5 stars

  14. Made this last night and my husband and child absolutely loved it!! It was quick and delicious and perfect for dinner. I didn’t have dill but used some garlic powder and parsley and omitted the lemon. I’m not a fan of lemon on my fish and I know everyone loves it but not me. I served it with asparagus and small golden roasted potatoes and placed it on a bed of arugula. It was tasty, filling and a breeze to make.5 stars

  15. Didn’t have dill but wow this recipe is delicious! My boyfriend and I loved it! I left it in the broiler a couple more minutes to get the crisp but sooo easy and quick!5 stars