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parmesan-lime tilapia filets

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Terrie Hoelscher
Harpers Ferry, WV

I was at that 'desperate' stage... end of the paycheck, not much on hand, and had to find something for dinner - quickly. So I thawed out the frozen tilapia filets and just started creating. They turned out great! I'm not terribly 'confident' with baking fish, but I will definitely make these again. They were very tasty.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A quick and flavorful fish dinner made (mostly) with ingredients found in your spice cabinet. A creamy mayo mixture is slightly tangy from lime juice. Lime adds a touch of freshness and mingles nicely with the dill, parsley, and other seasonings. The mayo mixture coats the tilapia acts as glue for the bread crumbs, and helps seal in all the flavor. We serve the flaky tilapia with roasted potatoes and green beans, but a simple salad would be perfect with this, too.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 2
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For parmesan-lime tilapia filets

  • 2
    tilapia filets, about 3/4" thick each
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 c
    low-fat olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp
    grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp
    chives, dried
  • 1 tsp
    parsley, dried
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    lemon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic salt or powder
  • 1 pinch
    red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp
    lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp
    lime juice
  • 1/2 c
    plain bread crumbs

How To Make parmesan-lime tilapia filets

Test Kitchen Tips
Based on the size of our fish, we had enough of the mayo mixture to make 4 filets.
  • Drying tilapia with a paper towel.
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a small glass baking dish with PAM. Rinse the tilapia filets well under cool water. Pat dry with paper towels. Set them in the prepared baking dish, fleshy side up. Set aside.
  • Mayo, Parmesan cheese, chives, parsley, dill, lemon pepper, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, lime zest, and lime juice in a bowl.
    In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, Parmesan cheese, chives, parsley, dill, lemon pepper, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, lime zest, and lime juice. Stir well and allow flavors to blend for a few minutes.
  • Sauce spread over the tilapia.
    Spread the sauce liberally over the tops of the two fish filets, spreading all the way to the edges.
  • Bread crumbs sprinkled over the tilapia.
    Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over the entire top of the filets.
  • Baking the tilapia.
    Bake for about 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven or until fish flakes easily. Serve with an extra wedge of lime, if you really like the citrus flavor with your fish.