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!

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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
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  • 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. I love this recipe! I love dill but not many recipes call for it. I usually add garlic powder and bread crumbs to the cheese mixture.

    Try sprinkling the tilapia with a bit of Old Bay as well for extra flavor!!5 stars

  2. This was fabulous! I forgot to add the dill but it didn’t matter still delicious. The cooking technique was great—broiling one side of fish with nothing added, flip then add the topping, finish it while broiling for about 2.7 minutes. Perfect! It really was crispy—many recipes make the claim but it doesn’t come out crispy like this. Another point is to use real dairy Parmesan grated cheese (no green canister stuff!!)
    I will be checking out more of your recipes in the future!! Thank you!!!5 stars

  3. I’ve made this several times, it’s become a favorite. The sauce is also great on chicken breasts. Last night I substituted Cajun seasoning for the dill. It was incredible. Just a little flavorful kick that blended well with the other ingredients. My husband is already asking me to make it again.

  4. This is a great recipe! This is my favorite way to prepare tilapia and I make it this way quite often. It comes together quickly and is perfect for busy weeknights. I add about a 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and I don’t always add dill. Delicious!5 stars

  5. BEST Tilapia ever eaten!

    I used parsley instead of dill.
    Added some panko crumbs to the mix.

    So easy on foil..never breaks apart

  6. Super easy and delicious! I added a little extra sprinkle of cheese before broiling and it made a nice crispy crust.5 stars

    1. I make foil packets all of the time, and have done it for camping. When I went with my boyfriend, he used very thin, super low quality foil and it burnt right through. While I do buy generic, I always buy the heavy duty. This might solve your problem.

  7. I did change it a bit based on what I had in the house, like lemon pepper instead of dill and seasoned salt, but other then that I stuck with the recipe. Rave reviews all around. Even the picky 7 year old! My filets were on the thinner side so 3 minutes on one side then 3.5 minutes on the second side for a nice crispy crust. Perfect! Thx!!5 stars

  8. Excellent recipes. My hubby dislikes mayonnaise so I used blue cheese dressing. Amazing. Thanks for the reminder to watch closely as it cooked perfect in 2.7 minutes after turning.5 stars

  9. Delicious! I subbed Mayo for garlic dill Tzatziki and left out the fresh dill all together. I only had a lime so I used that in place of a lemon and I added garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

    I broiled it a little longer than 3 min on 550 and it came out perfect! (My rack wasn’t at the top)

    The sauce is so good next time I want to make an extra batch just to pour over the rice! It was fresh and light and full of flavor! I’m a fan of how easy and fast it is to make.4 stars

  10. This was a fantastic recipe! Thank you so much. We loved it! I added some sautéed mushrooms at the end. We enjoyed this dish with some backed sourdough bread and a salad. It is a true keeper and the best tilapia recipe I have ever tried.5 stars