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Parmesan Broiled Tilapia on a dark blue plate with long green beans and a fork on it as well.

Parmesan Broiled Tilapia

With fresh citrus, herbs, and Parmesan in the topping, this non-fishy-tasting Parmesan Broiled Tilapia recipe is one that kids and adults alike love. Plus, this weeknight meal is budget-friendly and only takes minutes to cook thanks to the broiler.

Yield: 6 servings 1x
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 6 minutesTotal: 16 minutes


  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) salted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (sub: full-fat Greek yogurt)
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley (sub: 1 tablespoon dried parsley or other fresh herbs like minced dill, chives, or basil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets, completely thawed
  • Salt and ground black pepper

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Make It Now:

  1. 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).
  2. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the Parmesan, butter, mayo, lemon zest and juice, fresh herbs, black pepper, garlic powder, and celery salt until combined. Set aside.
  3. Rinse and pat tilapia fillets dry. Lay fillets on the pan. Season both sides lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the fish under the broiler for 2 minutes on the first side.
  5. Flip and broil for 2 minutes on the other side.
  6. Remove from the oven. Generously spread the Parmesan topping over the tilapia pieces.
  7. 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.

© Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
Cuisine: American Method: Broil