Cracker and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


This tilapia recipe is sure to become a favorite! With a perfectly crispy outside and incredibly moist flavor, you’re sure to love it, too!


  • 1 cup oyster crackers – I used Trader Joe’s Oyster Crackers
  • 1/3 cup multigrain crackers – I used Trader Joe’s Mini Round 12-Grain Crackers
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (or 2 teaspoons of dried thyme leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Whole wheat flour, for coating
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Splash of heavy cream or half and half
  • olive oil, for frying
  • 1.5 lbs sole or tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor, grind the oyster crackers, multigrain crackers, Parmesan, parsley, chives, thyme, Old Bay seasoning, and garlic powder. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Place flour in another shallow bowl. In a third shallow bowl, beat the eggs and cream.
  3. Fill a large skillet with enough oil to reach a depth of ¼ inch and heat over medium-high heat. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper. Coat the fish with the flour, shaking off any excess; coat with the egg mixture, then with the cracker crumbs. Working with two fillets at a time, fry the fish in the skillet, turning once, until deep golden, about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer each batch to the oven to keep warm. Serve with the lemon wedges.


Freezer Meal Instructions:
To Freeze:
Bread the fish and freeze unbaked.

To Prepare:
When ready to cook, thaw breaded fish filets in the fridge overnight and cook according to recipe instructions.