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It’s never a bad time to jump on the healthy train in terms of home-cooked meals.
I know, I know, it’s totally crazy to be doing this on the verge of the holiday season… But I think it’s better to start sooner rather than later, am I right?
Maybe making these moves right now might actually help me to offset all the cookies that you know I will end up eating throughout the remainder of the year.
One of my healthy diet changes? Eating more fish.
Fish is one of my favorite proteins to eat, especially because it is so versatile and can be prepared in so many different ways.
Unfortunately, my husband is not a big fish lover, but I am slowly converting him over to the sea side.
I personally don’t know how anyone could hate fish, honestly.
It can be so flaky and tender, buttery, and delicious. How can you not want that on your dinner plate at the end of the day?
You only need a handful of ingredients, most of which are pantry staples. The dinner is lighter than many other quick options, healthier, and packed with protein.
Plus, when you can buy a giant bag of tilapia fillets at Costco… I mean, it’s a pretty darn good deal.
My love of fish has officially been reignited. It’s fun to be able to switch things up from the normal chicken, beef, and pork routine. Not to mention that it’s oh-so-good for you too.
If you need to get dinner on the table in just 20 minutes, this recipe is genius. The step that took the longest was waiting for the butter to melt in the skillet before adding the fish.
What could be easier than that?
The short ingredient list is reason enough to try out this tasty recipe, and with minimal time required to get your entree prepped and cooked, that leaves a few extra minutes for you to catch your breath and relax, do a few dishes, or prep some simple sides before it’s time to serve.
Most tilapia recipes are pretty darn quick to cook, whether the fish is prepared in a skillet, poached, fried, or broiled.
However, it’s the flavor that will keep you making this recipe again and again. The flavor the parmesan brings to the fish fillets is outstanding.
The small amount of cheese actually brings a lot of tastiness and it forms a fantastic crust on the outside that turns nice and golden brown.
A Few Quick Tips
Looking for even more ways to make this dish the best it can be? Read on!
Fresh vs. Frozen
Fresh tilapia will work great for this recipe, but in many grocery stores, frozen is the only option.
If you are using frozen, be sure the fish is thawed completely and that you pat the fish fillets dry before you get started with the recipe.
Make sure you are using a good quality cheese, because the delicious flavor of the dish really comes from this ingredient.
If you are short on time or just too tired to cook, this is the recipe for you. It works for catering to picky eaters who can’t agree on a single dish, or for those of you out there who are currently obsessed with fish.Print
Parmesan-crusted tilapia is a simple recipe that’s ready in just 20 minutes. Once you try it, you’ll see why it’s guaranteed to become a go-to.
- 1 slice white sandwich bread (or sub gluten free)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (3/4 ounce)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 4 boneless, skinless tilapia fillets (about 24 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or olive oil)
- Place the bread in a food processor and pulse until finely crumbled. You should have about 1/2 cup total breadcrumbs.
- Place breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper on a plate or dish with raised edges. Stir to combine.
- Place eggs in a large bowl and beat lightly but thoroughly.
- Working one at a time, dip tilapia fillets into the eggs, then place on the plate with the breadcrumbs. Turn to coat fish on both sides. Set aside on a clean plate.
- Repeat step 4 until all fillets are coated with breadcrumb mixture.
- Melt butter (or heat oil) in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add tilapia to the pan.
- Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light’s Real Family Food by Amanda Haas, [easyazon_link identifier="0848737008" locale="US" tag="foodal02-20"]available on Amazon[/easyazon_link].
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 minutes
- Category: Fish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Seafood
Keywords: Parmesan, tilapia
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Grate Parmesan and Measure Ingredients
Grate about 3/4 of an ounce of Parmesan cheese until you have 1/4 cup total.
Measure out remaining ingredients as listed on the ingredients list.
Step 2 – Make Breadcrumbs
Add the bread to a food processor. Pulse to form fine breadcrumbs. You should have about 1/2 cup total.
Add the breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper to a plate or dish with raised edges. Stir to combine.
Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat lightly with a fork or whisk.
Step 3 – Dredge
Working with one fillet at a time, dredge the fish in the beaten egg and then place it flat on the plate with the breadcrumbs.
Turn to coat the fish well on both sides, then set it aside on a clean plate.
Repeat with the remaining fillets until all of them are coated.
Step 4 – Cook
Melt the butter or heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Once it’s hot, add the breadcrumb-coated tilapia fillets to the pan. You may need to work in batches, depending on the size of your skillet.
Cook for about two to three minutes per side. The fish should be cooked through, and it will flake easily with a fork when it’s done.
What Can I Serve with Parmesan Tilapia?
You can also serve the dish with pasta, rice, or a few slices of crusty bread.
For more seafood recipes, check out these tasty options next:
What will you serve alongside this tasty fish dish? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to rate the recipe after you try it!
Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on July 7, 2013. Last updated August 4, 2020.
Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Meghan Yager
Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.