You know those dinners when you prepare something a little out of the ordinary for the fam? Little kids cling to your leg and are whining all around you as you finish up dinner. Your kitchen rapidly grows messier. One of the kids takes a look at the new dish and proclaims, “Eww, what is that? I don’t want that!” Your enthusiasm about the new recipe wanes and doubt sets in as you corral everyone to the table. You hold your breath, anticipating the backlash to come, as your kids take their first bite.
That was my scenario the first time I made this Broiled Parmesan Tilapia. It looked a little strange to my kids since it was new, but I insisted they try at least one bite of it. I watched out of the corner of my eye as my then 4-year-old reluctantly raised his fork to his mouth. “Mmmm, this is so good, Mommy!” Now that might be the best compliment a mom at my stage can hear. To follow was a delightful, yes I actually said delightful, family meal with three small kids. No whining, no crying. That’s…that’s why I share with you Broiled Parmesan Tilapia today. It was a “worth it” new recipe and it was also super fast to make.
Try this with Oven Roasted Asparagus, Oven Fries, and fresh fruit and you can’t go wrong. You can also double the Parmesan topping and freeze it alongside any extra tilapia to have on hand for another winner dinner in the future.
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A comforting and non-fishy tilapia recipe that kids, and adults alike, will love. The flavorful sauce on this fish makes this a meal worth repeating again and again.
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 1/4 cup real butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons greek yogurt (or substitute real mayo)
- zest of 1 lemon
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup fresh herbs, minced (I use parsley and basil)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
- 2 pounds tilapia fillets
- Salt and ground black pepper
Make It Now:
- Adjust the top oven rack to about 6 inches below the broiler. Preheat the broiler. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil (for easy clean up).
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together the Parmesan, butter, greek yogurt, lemon zest and juice, fresh herbs, black pepper, garlic powder, and celery salt until combined. Set aside.
- Rinse and pat tilapia filets dry. Lay filets on the pan. Season both sides lightly with salt and pepper.
- Place the fish under the broiler for 2 minutes on the first side.
- Flip and broil for 2 minutes on the other side.
- Remove from the oven. Generously spread the Parmesan topping over the tilapia pieces.
- Broil for 2 more minutes, or until golden on top. Fish is done when it easily flakes. Do not overcook.
Freeze For Later: Follow step 2. Place this mixture in a quart-sized freezer bag or small freezer container and seal. Freeze alongside the frozen tilapia filets (if not already frozen, then place the fish in a gallon-sized freezer bag). Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the Parmesan mixture and the tilapia (preferably in the refrigerator overnight). Then, follow the cooking instructions, skipping step 2.