All time favorite recipe: Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

I have been wanting to post this recipe for a while but keep forgetting. This is our all time favorite dinner recipe. I would guess we have made it about every 10 days for the past few years and are not tired of it yet.  It is so EASY!!

My little kids LOVE it. They will eat 2 tilapia fillets each. When we make it for the 8 of us we have to make 15 pieces. If you are looking for a fish recipe that EVERYONE will eat and enjoy, this is it! Try it! I promise you will like it, and if you don't tell the kids it is fish they will love it also!

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan


  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets


  1. Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.
See how easy that is! Promise me next time tilapia is on sale you will try it. Even picky eaters like it. 

Do you have a favorite fish recipe we can try? I will try any posted and let you know how it turned out over here. I have fed the kids fish since they were born, so fortunately my kids love it. We are willing to try anything new.


The Vowles Family said...

Tif gave me this recipe years ago and I can vouch for it... my kids LOVE it.


Lisa said...

I just made this, My Recipe was for half, but we only had two pieces of fish. We used Orange Roughy. SOOO good. Also I used parsley instead of Basil. Hey it's all green! LOL

Jenny said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. We are trying to eliminate as much red meat as possible from our diets. We love tilapia, and this sounds like a tasty way to prepare it.

Margie said...

I have NEVER had fish, though I will have to try this! Thanks!

andrea said...

It looks really good! I doubt some of my kids will eat it (they have a thing against fish)but I think I will try it anyway and see.

Katie said...

I just made this tonight for dinner. I loved it! I have 7 kids, and most of them really liked it also. I have a few picky ones that would hardly give it a chance, they put bbq sauce on it....YUCK! But they ate it that way, so I can't complain too much. Thanks for sharing!! I love new recipes.