This recipe was inspired by a recipe I found on AllRecipes.com for Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, but rather than broil I like to bake it. I’ve done it both ways and it probably doesn’t make much difference in the end, but it’s easier to pop it in the oven, set the timer, and forgetaboutit.
I mixed up the topping ingredients in a small bowl — basically parmesan, butter, mayo and lemon juice along with onion powder, celery salt, basil, salt and pepper. You can play around and add other flavors if you like. I like to add some garlic powder because I’m of the opinion that everything tastes better with garlic. It’s definitely better with juice from fresh lemons, but when I’m in a bind I just use the stuff that comes in the bottle.
Then I rinsed and dried enough tilapia to serve our family — I think I bought 3 or 4 fillets this time — and laid them out on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil and plopped the parmesan mixture on top.
All you do is pop it in a 350-degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until it’s a light golden brown and the fish flakes with a fork.
I served it with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
- 2 pounds tilapia fillets
- Mix together all ingredients except tilapia.
- Place tilapia filets on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil and top with the parmesan mixture.
- Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until it’s a light golden brown and the fish flakes with a fork.