Parmesan Tilapia

I recently had a really delicious broiled tilapia. I’m pretty picky about my seafood, I don’t like it to be too fishy, so I like the more mild fish, like tilapia. The problem that I run into is that the milder fish is kind of bland. So, how do you spice it up without completely destroying the fish itself? I’ve had it served with a red sauce before, and it wasn’t the finest I’ve ever had. Tilapia is so mild that serving it with a tomato based sauce just completely overwhelms the fish itself. This tilapia is lightly broiled, which makes it quick and easy. It’s topped with a parmesan herb mixture once it’s mostly cooked and then broiled until the topping is brown. It’s quick and easy, the fish doesn’t get over done. It stays moist and has a light flavor that is well seasoned without being overwhelming. It’s going to be one of my new favorite ways to make tilapia.

Parmesan Tilapia

A perfect way to season a mild fish. The basil, onion and lemon juice add a little flavor without overwhelming the tilapia. The parmesan tops it off.


  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp celery salt
  • 2 lbs tilapia fillets


  1. Preheat the oven on the broil setting. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cheese, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice, basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt.
  3. Mix well and set aside.
  4. Place the tilapia on the prepared pan and broil for 2 – 3 minutes.
  5. Flip the fillets over and broil for another 2 – 3 minutes.
  6. Cover the filets with the parmesan mixture.
  7. Return to the oven and broil for an additional 2 minutes, or until the topping is brown and the fish flakes easily.
  8. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 9 minute(s)

Diet tags: Reduced carbohydrate, High protein, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 224

Fat: 12.8

Protein: 25.4

Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is about 4 oz tilapia.
Each serving = 6 Smart Points/6 Points
PER SERVING: 224 calories; 12.8g fat; 5.2g saturated fat; .8g carbohydrates; .5g sugar; 25.4g protein; .1g fiber

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