This recipe for tilapia with a cheesy sauce is a great, quick weeknight meal. Pair your broiled tilapia parmesan with veggies for a nice light meal.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

This recipe for broiled tilapia with a cheesy sauce is a great, quick weeknight meal. Pair your broiled tilapia parmesan with veggies for a nice light meal.

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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. They are staple foods for us, so I never let them run out. 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.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Step by Step


  • 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


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.

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 parmesan.

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.


Originally Published On: March 5, 2017

Last Updated On: March 18, 2020

Broiled tilapia parmesan next to mixed vegetables on a dark square plate on a grey towel on a slate surface

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

This recipe for broiled tilapia with a cheesy sauce on top is a great, quick weeknight meal. Pair it with a vegetable for a nice light meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Main Dish
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 8 votes


  • 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 black 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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Nutrition Facts
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 552mg23%
Potassium 513mg15%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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48 thoughts on “Broiled Tilapia Parmesan”

  1. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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!!

  7. That’s such a fab recipe. Wouldn’t take too long to prepare. We keep looking for light meal ideas for dinner. We’re going to try this is soon.

  8. This goes straight to my meal planning list. I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to cook fish for my family beyond fish and chips, and this looks absolutely perf!

  9. You always have original recipes! I have never ate Tilapia so I would love to try that recipe especially since it includes Parmesan! I give you a five star rate here because I cant click on them 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. I am a big fan of your blog and all your amazing recipes. All of them are so professionally done! 🙂

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