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.
Step by Step
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 4 tilapia fillets
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
- 2 tbsp butter (softened)
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp 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
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and seasonings
- Once the fish is cooked, remove it from the oven and coat it evenly with the parmesan mixture
- Broil the fish again 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted and warm and serve immediately
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