Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a night that the family is wondering what’s for dinner and you have no idea! Yep, been there. Many times. But since we are trying to cut out processed foods, it’s not easy to find meals we can quickly make. This is where tilapia comes into play for my family.

We try to keep some tilapia (or salmon or cod) in the freezer at all times. It can be thawed quickly and is versatile to cook. Some fish meals require a bit more work, such as Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce, and others can be done with minimal effort.

Don’t worry, Broiled Tilapia Parmesan is one of the “minimal effort” meals. Of course, just the fish by itself is not a lot, so we usually make it with a vegetable like Roasted Asparagus or I make Cheddar Biscuits to go with the fish. After all, the cheddar biscuits are a copycat from a seafood restaurant, so they are an obvious choice with our fish meals.

Another aspect of this meal that I love is the ingredients. It’s made with things that I can find in my pantry and refrigerator on any given day. They are staple foods for us, so I never let them run out. Bonus: the cheddar biscuits are also made from staple foods. So, as I said, this is a quick, easy go-to meal for us when we need it aka when we forget to take something out or plan a meal.

As the name implies, broiled tilapia parmesan is cooked under the broiler. Take your fish out to thaw for a few minutes and preheat the broiler on low. Line a baking sheet with foil or a silicone mat (for easier cleanup) and lay the tilapia fillets out so they aren’t touching or overlapping.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe

Broil the fish for about 5-6 minutes to cook on one side. Then flip the fish and broil it on the other side for another 5-6 minutes. You want to make sure the fish is cooked through. If it is still pink, then broil it for another few minutes until it is done.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the shredded parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and seasonings. If you don’t have one of the seasonings or prefer others, you can make substitutions here for a different flavor. I’ve made this with grated parmesan before and it doesn’t work near as well as shredded paremsan.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe

Take the fish out of the oven and coat each piece with the parmesan mixture. Broil the fish again for another couple of minutes, until the cheese has melted.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe

Serve the fish immediately because it cools very quickly. I like to have cooked vegetables with the tilapia because they taste good with more parmesan cheese sprinkled on top which brings the flavors together.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe
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5 from 6 votes

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: fish, parmesan, tilapia
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Basil
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Celery salt


  • Preheat oven broiler on low
  • Line a baking sheet with foil or a silicone mat and spread out the fillets so they aren't touching
  • Broil the fish for 5-6 minutes
  • Flip and broil for another 5-6 minutes, until the fish is cooked through
  • In a small bowl combine the parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and seasonings
  • Take the fish out of the oven and coat it evenly with the parmesan mixture
  • Broil again 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted and warm and serve immediately

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14 thoughts on “Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

  1. It’s so difficult to whip up something quickly that you are also ok with on a health level. Fish is usually my go to on those nights! Thanks for adding a new fish dish to my repertoire!

  2. I am dreaming about this dish. I love fish in general and pairing with parmesan cheese will bring heaven to my plate.

  3. This post supports my belief that par,Sean cheese makes everything better! I love that this is a dish that can easily be prepared during a busy weeknight.

  4. This tilapia parmesan looks new from me. My mother cooked Fried tilapia I ask her to cooked me tilapia parmesan with cheese this dish looks yummy and delicious 🙂

  5. This seems nice and worth a try actually, the cooking process for this recipe is easy which what we lookibg for. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I love tilapia!! I remember growing up in the Philippines and my grandma would always make grilled tilapia stuffed with tomatoes and some sour stuff and it was so flavorful!! Would love to try this recipe out!!

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