Easy Way to Cook Fish - Best Parmesan Cheese Baked Tilapia Recipe

By Kiout - March 23, 2019

Easy Way to Cook Fish - Best Parmesan Cheese Baked Tilapia Recipe

Baked Parmesan Cheese Tilapia fresh out of the oven. You won't believe how delicious this fish is until you try it!

Ingredients for Parmesan Tilapia

1 1/2 to 2 pounds thawed tilapia filets (My recipe says that orange roughy, cod, or red snapper could be substituted. I would guess that most fish would work.) I just put enough filets to cover the bottom of my 9 x 13 casserole dish. Six of them fit perfectly.

2 Tbs. lemon juice

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) butter at room temperature

3 Tbs. mayonnaise

3 Tbs. finely chopped green onions

1/4 tsp. seasoned salt

black pepper to taste

dash of hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)


Prepare your baking dish by spreading butter in the bottom or using non-stick spray (that's what I do) in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Lay thawed tilapia fillets in a single layer. If you forgot to thaw the filets, stick them in cold or warm water for a few minutes; they will thaw in a very short time.

Brush top of fish with the lemon juice. Put fish in a preheated oven of 375 degrees. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until fish starts to flake.

In the meantime, in a bowl, combine the next 7 ingredients: Parmesan cheese, softened butter, mayonnaise, chopped green onions, seasoned salt, black pepper, and a dash of hot pepper sauce. Mix up well with fork and set mixture aside.

(Do NOT put the topping on before putting the fish into the oven the first time. Once, when I already had the topping prepared, I forgot to wait until the end. Instead, I put the topping on right after the lemon juice and popped the dish into the oven. While the final product was still good, it was drier and not anywhere near as delicious as normal. So remember to wait on the topping!)

After fish has cooked to point of being flaky, take out of oven and spread cheese mixture on top. Turn oven to broil to brown top of fish, about 3 to 4 minutes. Keep an eye on the tilapia, as baking time will be impacted by the thickness of the tilapia. Do not allow to overcook.

Quicker option: Turn oven to broil setting. After oven heats up, place in tilapia. Broil 3 to 4 minutes or until almost done. Take out, and add the Parmesan cheese mixture. Then broil another 2 to 3 minutes or until browned. Keep a close eye on tilapia so as not to burn it.



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