Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

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Sometimes all you need is an easy, cost effective meal, and tilapia filets provide that for you. At a cost of between $2 and $3 per pound, you can feed a family for under $10. And pairing it with a simple salad, you canโ€™t go wrong. I always ask my family, โ€œHave you had your greens today?โ€ Here is one way to answer โ€˜yes!โ€™

The breading on this tilapia is just flour, panko, eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, a few spices and parsley. Donโ€™t skip the parsley. It adds a freshness that you will miss if you decide not to use it. Plus, it makes your dish look fancy!

Start by dusting your tilapia with flour. In a zip top bag toss your filets in spices and flour until they are fully coated. Next, dip it in the egg, then the panko/Parmesan/ parsley mixture. You may have to add another egg if you run out.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over low/medium heat. As soon as itโ€™s hot, fry filets, about 3 minutes per side.

While the filets cool, make your simple salad. Add Arugula to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, a squirt of lemon juice, and some Parmesan shavings, You can also use grated parm, but I like the larger, salty bite of the shaved Parmesan.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Quick and cost effected with plenty of flavor!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 Frying Pan
  • 1 zip top bag
  • 2 Shallow bowls For dredging
  • 1 Whisk
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Cutting board
  • Measuring Cups



  • 1 Bag Tilapia Filets 4-6 filets
  • 1 Cup Panko
  • 1 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp Seasoned salt
  • 1 Tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1 Cup AP Flour

Simple Salad

  • 1 Bunch Arugula
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Drizzle Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Shaved Parmesan


  • In the zip top bag, add flour, garlic, pepper and seasoned salt, toss to mix. Then add tilapia filets and toss them in the flour mixture until coated.
    Mix the eggs in a bowl like you would if you were making scrambled eggs.
    In another bowl, mix the panko, chopped parsley and grated Parmesan.
    Dip each filet into the egg, then to the panko mixture and set aside.
    In a frying pan, add enough oil to cover the bottom in a thin layer. Over low/medium heat, add the tilapia filets until crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Do this with each filet until finished.
    While tilapia is frying, make the simple salad.
    To a bowl, add the arugula, juice from half a lemon, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Topped with shaved Parmesan.
Keyword crusted, parmesan, tilapia

One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    This is an easy way to dress up a fish fillet for a delicious dinner. I subbed Mahi Mahi because that is what I had on hand. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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