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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is a quick and easy seafood meal that your family will love. Tilapia is coated with a Parmesan breadcrumb mixture and pan-seared in a skillet. This works nicely on its own, in rice bowls or salads.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with fork

PARMESAN CRUSTED TILAPIA

We eat seafood at least once a week in our house. 

I try to find new recipes to keep things interesting. 

Some of our favorites are today’s Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Easy Blackened Fish, Baked Cod with Lemon, Black Sea Bass, Air Fryer Cod and Pan Fried Garlic Butter Cod

Today’s recipe uses simple ingredients to bread tilapia along with Parmesan cheese to create that delicious crust we all love.

The tilapia is pan-seared the fish in a skillet which takes about a total of 7-10 minutes. 

You can’t get much easier than that! 

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia ingredients

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS PARMESAN CRUSTED TILAPIA?

  • Tilapia filets 
  • Parmesan cheese 
  • Flour
  • Bread crumbs 
  • Fresh parsley 
  • Fresh rosemary 
  • Garlic 
  • Egg
  • Olive oil 

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with parsley

HOW DO YOU MAKE PARMESAN TILAPIA?

Pat tilapia dry with a paper towel, then set up a station for dredging the fish.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with flour

In a large bowl, mix parmesan, flour, bread crumbs, chopped parsley, rosemary, salt, pepper, and minced garlic.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with herbs

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg.

Use tongs to dip the tilapia in the whisked egg. Be sure to coat the fish.

Then, dip the fish in the parmesan bowl.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with tongs

Flip to evenly cover each side. Pat down the cheese over the fish to help it adhere.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia on plate

Heat ¼ cup olive oil over medium high heat. * Tip: Oil that is not hot enough will cause the fish to absorb the oil and will make it too greasy. Check the temperature to be sure it is hot enough by dipping the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If it slightly bubbles it is perfect, if it bubbles too much turn down the heat and try again.

Once the oil has reached temp, add the tilapia filets.

Cook 3 minutes per side.

Place on a paper towel lined plate to allow the excess oil to drip off.

Garnish with fresh parsley or dill and serve immediately and enjoy!

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with rosemary

HOW DO I REHEAT FISH?

I like to eat my fish fresh when I cook it but sometimes that isn’t an option or you have leftovers.

When it comes to reheating fish you want to make sure you do it the right way so you don’t dry it out. Cook’s Illustrated has a nice tutorial on how to reheat fish.

Place the fillets on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet, cover them with foil (to prevent the exteriors of the fish from drying out), and heat them in a 275-degree oven until they register 125 to 130 degrees, about 15 minutes for 1-inch-thick fillets (timing varies according to fillet size). 

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with fork

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH THIS PARMESAN TILAPIA RECIPE?

I love pairing a salad with seafood. Some of my favorites are this Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts,Fattoush Salad and Kale Salad

Vegetable side dishes are also a nice pairing with this tilapia. Some I make a lot are this Garlic Green Beans, Parmesan Roasted Broccoli or these Za’atar Roasted Carrots. 

I also enjoy serving potatoes with this meal. I especially love these Spicy Lebanese Potatoes, Gouda Smashed Potatoes or Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with fork

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with fork

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is a quick and easy seafood meal that your family will love. Tilapia is coated with a Parmesan breadcrumb mixture and pan-seared in a skillet. This works nicely on its own, in rice bowls or salads.

Ingredients

  • 4 tilapia filets
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil olive oil
  • Fresh parsley or dill for serving

Instructions

    1. Pat tilapia dry with a paper towel, then set up a station for dredging the fish. In a large bowl, mix parmesan, flour, bread crumbs, chopped parsley, rosemary, salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg.
    3. Use tongs to dip the tilapia in the whisked egg. Be sure to coat the fish.
    4. Then, dip the fish in the parmesan bowl.
    5. Flip to evenly cover each side. Pat down the cheese over the fish to help it adhere.
    6. Heat ¼ cup olive oil over medium high heat.
      * Tip: Oil that is not hot enough will cause the fish to absorb the oil and will make it too greasy. Check the temperature to be sure it is hot enough by dipping the end of a wooden spoon into the oil. If it slightly bubbles it is perfect, if it bubbles too much turn down the heat and try again.
    7. Once the oil has reached temp, add the tilapia filets.
    8. Cook 3 minutes per side.
    9. Place on a paper towel lined plate to allow the excess oil to drip off.
    10. Garnish with fresh parsley or dill.
    11. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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