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Quick and Easy 20-Minute Parmesan Tilapia

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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)


  1. Place the bread in a food processor and pulse until finely crumbled. You should have about 1/2 cup total breadcrumbs.
  2. Place breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper on a plate or dish with raised edges. Stir to combine.
  3. Place eggs in a large bowl and beat lightly but thoroughly.
  4. 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.
  5. Repeat step 4 until all fillets are coated with breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Melt butter (or heat oil) in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add tilapia to the pan. 
  7. Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Serve immediately.


  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: Parmesan, tilapia