Broiled Tilapia Parmesan


Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

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Before becoming vegetarian, this was one of my favorite fish recipes. My mom often made it for a quick weekday dinner. Tilapia by itself doesn’t have a lot of flavor but the Parmesan sauce in this recipe takes it to whole different level. Go ahead and try it if you don’t believe me!

Yield: 8 servings


  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds tilapia filets


  1. Preheat the oven’s broiler. Line a broiling pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with the basil and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Arrange the filets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil them a few inches from the heat for about 2 minutes. Flip the filets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the filets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan sauce on the topside. Broil for about 2 more minutes until the topping is browned and the fish flakes easily with a fork. Do not overcook the fish.

Comments: There really isn’t much to this recipe. It’s quite straightforward, easy and fast. I know people are often afraid of cooking fish because they don’t know when it’s ready but believe in yourself and I promise it will turn out right. When I made this for my parents I paired the fish with Roasted Herbed Fingerling Potatoes. Fish always goes well with rice too. Let me know if it’s not one of the most amazing tilapia recipes you’ve tried!


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