Easy Way to Cook Fish - Best Parmesan Cheese Baked Tilapia Recipe

Baked Parmesan Tilapia!

Baked Parmesan Cheese Tilapia fresh out of the oven. You won't believe how delicious this fish is until you try it!
Baked Parmesan Cheese Tilapia fresh out of the oven. You won't believe how delicious this fish is until you try it! | Source

How Do You Cook Tilapia?

"This tastes too fishy." "I don't like fish very well." Have you heard these statements about fish before? I have. I used to hear that from even my boyfriend, someone I cook for often--but not anymore, not when I make this tasty, easy tilapia recipe. He loves this dish, and goes on about how good it is every time I make it for us. I think he is pleasantly surprised every time how tasty fish can actually be. It seems that he forgets between times that I cook it how much he actually enjoys it. It's a treat every time. I think I've sort of hit a gold mine with this one. This baked tilapia recipe is one that I make often.

Tilapia is a fish that is very easy to cook and hard to mess up. It doesn't take long to cook, and it always tastes good, at least when I make it at home. It's more expensive than whiting filet (one of the cheapest fish you can buy), but less expensive than most cuts of fish. Tilapia is a mild-tasting white fish that is unlikely to turn anybody away. There are many people who may like fish, but who are turned away by fish that tastes too strong or too "fishy." Tilapia is not like that. Tilapia is mild . . . and never overwhelming in smell, nor in taste. At least I haven't found it to be. And that sentiment seems to be a common one.

My Favorite Tilapia Recipe

I came across this particular tilapia recipe many years ago on the internet. I was subscribed to some recipe site, and thus I would receive different recipes every week for various types of foods. I was always looking for different ways to make fish. I loved frying it, but I wanted something healthier--and different.

The recipe I have now is a torn piece of paper, run off from an old printer, tattered from years of use in the kitchen. Years ago, I started noting on my recipes when I made them, who I was with, and what the results were. Was it good? Tasty? Needed a little extra of this or that? So there are scribbles all over this recipe, like so many other recipes tucked here and there in my kitchen.

This particular tilapia recipe, based on my handwritten notes, shows me making this recipe at least once a year since 2005. And my comments on it show that all reports were good, the first comments being "Excellent! Tasty!" This is a recipe you can't go wrong with, as long as you do like tilapia. Maybe you don't even know you like it. Well, it's definitely worth a try.

Since the last time I checked, I have made the recipe much more often than once a year.


Tasty Tilapia Topping!

Ingredients for tilapia topping
Ingredients for tilapia topping | Source

Ingredients for Parmesan Tilapia

1 1/2 to 2 pounds thawed tilapia filets (My recipe says that orange roughy, cod, or red snapper could be substituted. I would guess that most fish would work.) I just put enough filets to cover the bottom of my 9 x 13 casserole dish. Six of them fit perfectly.

2 Tbs. lemon juice

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) butter at room temperature

3 Tbs. mayonnaise

3 Tbs. finely chopped green onions

1/4 tsp. seasoned salt

black pepper to taste

dash of hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)


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Instructions for Baked Parmesan Tilapia

Prepare your baking dish by spreading butter in the bottom or using non-stick spray (that's what I do) in a 13 by 9 inch baking dish. Lay thawed tilapia filets in a single layer. If you forgot to thaw the filets, stick them in cold or warm water for a few minutes; they will thaw in a very short time.

Brush top of fish with the lemon juice. Put fish in preheated oven of 375 degrees. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until fish starts to flake.

In the meantime, in a bowl, combine the next 7 ingredients: Parmesan cheese, softened butter, mayonnaise, chopped green onions, seasoned salt, black pepper, and dash of hot pepper sauce. Mix up well with fork and set mixture aside.

(Do NOT put the topping on before putting the fish into the oven the first time. Once, when I already had the topping prepared, I forgot to wait until the end. Instead, I put the topping on right after the lemon juice and popped the dish into the oven. While the final product was still good, it was drier and not anywhere near as delicious as normal. So remember to wait on the topping!)

After fish has cooked to point of being flaky, take out of oven and spread cheese mixture on top. Turn oven to broil to brown top of fish, about 3 to 4 minutes. Keep an eye on the tilapia, as baking time will be impacted by thickness of the tilapia. Do not allow to overcook.

Quicker option: Turn oven to broil setting. After oven heats up, place in tilapia. Broil 3 to 4 minutes or until almost done. Take out, and add Parmesan cheese mixture. Then broil another 2 to 3 minutes or untl browned. Keep a close eye on tilapia so as not to burn it.


An even Quicker and Simpler Option for Tilapia

You should be very pleased with this tilapia recipe. If you would like to try an even easier, even quicker tilapia recipe, perhaps the easiest of all, then I have tried such a thing that works great. Take desired amount of frozen tilapia out of bag and place in buttered or sprayed non-stick pan. You can sprinkle a little olive oil or canola oil in the pan as on option if you prefer. Place a lid over the pan of fish, with burner turned to medium heat. Do make sure pan is hot before you put tilapia in it. Cook 3 or 4 minutes before checking fish. If tilapia is starting to turn white, it's time to turn it over.

Sprinkle choice of seasonings on tilapia before turning. A simple option is sprinkled salt and pepper, or perhaps lemon pepper. You can also experiment with your favorite seasonings: garlic salt, dill weed, or cajun seasoning, to name a few. You can even brush the fish with melted butter.

Cook tilapia another 3 or 4 minutes on other side. Add more seasonings on that side if you'd like. When tilapia flakes easily with a fork, it is ready to eat. Be careful not to cook too long, as tilapia--like most fish--is much better when it's not overcooked.

If you're hesitant to cook or eat fish, try this baked tilapia recipe, or even tilapia in other recipes. Tilapia is a mild fish that cooks quickly. Messing up the flavor would be hard to do, too. Try it!

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Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've tried tilapia so many different ways as I really enjoy this fish. Will try your recipe soon as it look delicious with the Parmesan.

Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Susan! I really love it. Very tasty!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I bet everyone will love this! I can't wait to try it - I think I've got almost everything on hand. Thanks - sounds perfect!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

This sounds delicious - I've had a similar recipe with other types of fish, and it was wonderful. The combination of the onion, seasoning salt and mayonnaise makes a very tasty coating, and it keeps it moist. I've not tried it with tilapia yet, but I plan to do so now that I've read your hub!

Voted up, awesome and useful.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

What a tasty looking dish. I love fish and am running out of ideas because the man don't like them too fancy. He hates cheese but I could trick him since the taste of the parmesan is different from cheddar especially when cooked. I bet he wouldn't know it's cheese. Will the instant parmesan work...I mean the one in the bottle that's already grated.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I love Tilapia very much and buy it all of the times. I use simple ingredients though. Will have to try it like this.

Voted useful

John


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

It's great, RealH! Try it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

The topping works great, Marcy! Hope you try it. Thanks for the votes!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, Cardisa. Use the pre-grated cheese (not shredded). You're right. It tastes different from cheese, and he might not be able to tell in this recipe. Try it and see what he thinks. I would be curious to know how it goes!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

John, it's really a tasty way to fix tilapia. Hope you like it. Thanks for the votes!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

My husband and I love tilapia. I have never made it with a sauce like this, but it sounds delicious!


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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

Looks good and easy. Thanks for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

It IS delicious, random! You and your husband should try it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

It is, Laura! Thanks for checking it out!


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MarieAlice 4 years ago from Peru

delicious...thanks for the recipe I will try it with other fish since I donĀ“t have tilapia here!!!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Your Hub inspired dinner at our home tonight. Thanks for a great recipe.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Fish is a favorite of mine any day of the week. Your recipe looks absolutely delicious. I agree that is is easy to prepare and hard to mess up. Thanks for the recipe idea.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Tilapia is delish!! I use lemon pepper seasoning. This hub is my "catch of the day!"


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Go for it, MarieAlice!

Hyphenbird--Hope you like it. I love it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You bet, teaches! You won't be disappointed!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sunshine, lemon pepper is great. Hey, you got a new profile pic. Very nice! So is "catch of the day." :-)


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I am glad you put the fish into this recipe. It looks delicious. I can't wait to show this hub to my mom. Maybe she'll use another fish. I wish the result still yummy. Thank you very much. Good job, my friend. Rated up (useful. awesome, interesting)

Prasetio


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

prasetio, I'm sure the recipe will be good with any fish. Hope your mom tries it! Thanks for reading and all the votes!


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eatforcheaper 4 years ago from London

Hey Victoria another great hub! I've heard a lot about tilapia but I've never tried it and as you know I like to save money on food! Thanks :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

eatforcheaper--You should try it! Tilapia isn't too expensive, so that's right up your alley!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

We love eating fish of all kinds and you are right in that tilapia is a good mild flavored fish and not too expensive for those people who are unfamilar with different types of fish. Your recipe sounds good! Will have to give it a try sometime. Usually we just use a little browned butter or lemon juice over lightly floured and sauteed tilapia. Voted up and useful. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Peggy--Your comment made me hungry for tilapia. I made a quick piece on the stove with some lemon, pepper, garlic, and other seasonings. Tilapia really is a mild, tasty, easy fish to eat and cook. Thanks for the comment!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

i've never tried tilapia, Victoria - does it taste like fish - or chicken...LOL..

What a great idea to mark dates, people, and comments on your recipe cards!

Im hoping it's never too late to start..

this LOOKS delicious...

i like a milder fish like cod, pickerel, salmon..

now..i will try tilapia considering it shan't break me!

Thanks for this idea - i'm also passing it onto my daughter - the chef!

I think they need a 'Delicious' button, eh?

lol


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

When I saw Tilapia in the hub title I just couldn't resist. I love that fish. Taaassstttyyyy!

Nice recipe, only I don't like permesan because if it's overwhelming taste, so I'm thinking to replace that with mozzeralla instead. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ImKarn--You should try tilapia. It's a mild fish that is pretty inexpensive. I love salmon, too, but it does costs more. Tilapia is a nice alternative choice if you like fish! Yes, they need a delicious button.

The only thing that might be sad about putting the people I'm with on recipes is later if that person is no longer around . . .. Oh, well, maybe it will mean happy memories . . . .


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ComfortB--Glad yo like it. I'm sure mozzarella would be fine. It will just give it a different texture since the Parmesan is the flaky kind. But melted cheese sounds pretty darn good, and mozzarella is pretty mild, so go for it! I bet it would be great like that!


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Ingenira 3 years ago

Thank you another yummy fish recipe. Sorry my oven doesn't have broil settings. What's the temperature for that?


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ingenira, you're welcome. I think that if you turn it up to about 500, that should brown it. You can experiment. Just keep an eye on it. It doesn't take very long. :-)


Nicole 2 years ago

Let me start by saying I'm not a huge fish eater at all, but I absolutely LOVE this recipe!!! Tonight is my second time making it- definitely a go to recipe for fish! Thanks :)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nicole, I'm so excited to hear that you love the recipe! My boyfriend isn't a big fish eater either, but he likes this recipe every time I make it. Thanks for the feedback. That's great!!


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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love the sound of the first recipe. We have catfish ponds here on our place and I bet this would be great on catfish too! I am always happy to find new recipes for fish, other than frying. Pinning this for future reference! Thanks! :)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

sgbrown - I think it would be great for any type of fish. I've made it a lot. I love it! Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy it!


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sgbrown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I looked for some fish in the freezer today, to make this with and realize I am out of fish! Oh no! I have a pond full of fish and am going to have to either go fishing or buy some at the store. I think I'll go fishing tomorrow! :)


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midnightbliss 2 years ago from Hermosa Beach

Your parmesan cheese baked tilapia recipe looks delicious!! What side dishes do you recommend? Wine?


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

sgbrown--That sounds fun! You go, girl! And let me know if you like the recipe!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

midnightbliss--I have served a lot of different things as side dishes. You could serve a vegetable such as steamed broccoli or asparagus, plus some brown rice, and a side salad. Bread and wine are always good. A potato dish would be good with it. I've served it with potatoes I made in the microwave or a hash brown casserole. I've sauteed mushrooms on the side. In the summer, I might grill zucchini and squash. Really, the possibilities are endless. Some kind of dish with noodles would be good, too. I usually do some kind of dish plus a salad and bread. Hope that helps!


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Crystal Tatum 2 years ago from Georgia

Yum! Thank you for this recipe. I just started eating fish and tilapia is becoming a favorite. Pinning this


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Crystal--Tilapia is definitely a favorite of mine. Nice and mild and not too "fishy." Hope you like this recipe!


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Wow! I'm not a big fish fan, but I will eat tilapia and dang - I might make this tonight...if I can get my husby to go to the store for me. :D This sounds divine!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

It really is good, Cyndi. My boyfriend isn't a big fish fan, and he likes this dish every time I make it for him! Go for it!


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Creative Mixtress 2 years ago from Safety Harbor, Florida

This looks incredible.. and easy enough for me to cook! Thank you Victoria Lynn... I will give this recipe a try!


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Creative Mixtress--I hope you like it! It is easy--and tasty, for sure. It has become my go-to recipe for fish.


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Kristen Howe 11 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Vicki, what terrific recipes you have here! I've brought some fresh tilapia patties from Gordon food service and have enough for a couple of meals next year. I would love to try this out soon and pass on the hot sauce too.


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Victoria Lynn 11 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Kristen--I'm glad you like the recipes! I hope you try the Tilapia recipe. I DO recommend adding the hot sauce. It doesn't make it hot, but adds flavor. :-) Thanks for checking it out!


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Kristen Howe 11 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Victoria, I'll give it a try with the hot sauce, when I get some. I'll get back to you on that real soon.


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Victoria Lynn 11 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, do, Kristen! I find that just a few drops of Tabasco can really perk up the flavor in things--without adding a lot of heat.


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Kristen Howe 11 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Hmm. Something to consider for next year, when I buy some Tabasco sauce.


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Victoria Lynn 11 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, get that Tabasco, Kristen. It's good to perk up flavor in lots of recipes--with just a few drops! If you want to go even lighter, get something like Louisiana hot sauce. It's not overly hot even by itself.


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Kristen Howe 11 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Thanks Victoria. I'll get it next week when I go shopping. I'll let you know.


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Victoria Lynn 11 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cool, Kristen. I would love to know what you think about the recipe with the Tabasco sauce. :-)


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Kristen Howe 11 months ago from Northeast Ohio

I'll let you know sometime this winter.


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Victoria Lynn 10 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sounds good, Kristen. :-)

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