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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Recipe

This Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is coated in a thin breading that turns golden as it bakes, and is a relatively healthy main dish. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this dinner doesn't taste "fishy" at all, and it's a great way to introduce fish into little one's diets.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 2 Ingredient Queso, Easy dinner recipe, easy fish recipe, Healthy Dinner, Tilapia
Servings: 4
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Kristen Hills


  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Plate
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Sheet pan
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray


  • 4 4 ounce tilapia fillets
  • ¼ cup crushed Ritz Crackers
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • olive oil


  • Thaw and wash the Tilapia fillets if frozen. Pat them dry.
  • Combine crackers, Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in a small bowl and mix well.
  • On a plate, pour 1 Tablespoon lemon juice.
  • Place a fillet on the plate in the lemon juice and sprinkle with desired amount of salt and black pepper. Turn the fillet over in the lemon juice and sprinkle on the other side.
  • Place the fillet in the Parmesan mixture, patting it all over to coat.
  • Put the covered fillets in a foiled lined pan, then spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle a little lemon juice over the fillets, and drizzle or spray them lightly with olive oil.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until they easily flake with a fork and edges are browning.
  • Sprinkle additional Parmesan cheese on top if desired.


  • You can definitely use another type of fish in place of tilapia. We would recommend substituting another fish that isn’t too “fishy” in flavor, like haddock, flounder, or catfish.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 562mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 2mg