Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Tilapia

Look at me on our fancy new site! You’ll likely find a few little gliches, but don’t hold it against us. It’s a work in progress, much like Scarlett’s table manners. In my inaugural post for the shiny and pretty SPC, I ‘ve got a dinner that will knock your socks off. Honest to God, this thing was so easy and delicous it was almost laughable. You could ignore my testimony here and breakdown, have a cry, pour a glass of wine and order pizza, but, I swear, this is easier.

I wish I could take the credit for this broiled tilapia swathed in creamy parmesan and herbs heaven, but I can’t. My dear friend, Whole Foods App gave it to me. I’m considering going down to my local location and making out with the manager as a thank you. Then I will proceed to make this every single night until my family screams uncle. I promise you’ll feel the same.

Parmesan Tilapia


  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Greek-style yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon of juice from one small lemon plus its zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 farm-raised tilapia fillets


Preheat broiler on low

Combine 1/4 cup parmesan cheese with the remaining ingredients.

Coat fillets with mix and place in baking dish.

Allow to marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Transfer fillets to foiled broiling tray.

Spoon marinade over top of fillets and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese.

Broil about 6 inches from heat until topping is lightly browned and fish easily flakes, about 5 to 8 minutes.


Scarlett handled all the prep: measuring, grating, mixing and stirring. Although we did have a bit of a tussle halfway through. She swore up and down that I was wrong when it came to the amount of onion powder. I mean, really, is this kid for real? I love her conviction, but I have yet to see a recipe that calls for half a bottle of dried onion powder. Can someone else please explain this to her. She won’t listen to me. In any event, she didn’t want to speak to me as she completed the recipe.  We worked in silence as I handed her fillets to coat in the marinade.

Once we were finished with the preparation, she turned to me and said, “Let’s go cuddle.” I love that about kids. They get over things so quickly. Let’s hope she’s like that at 16.  And let’s hope we’re still cooking together and, of course, cuddling.

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  1. A Fraioli
    November 15, 14:49 Reply

    We love tilapia in this house. I always have the
    ingredients in the house as well. I’ll try this
    recipe for sure.

  2. Helen
    April 28, 20:35 Reply

    farm raised tilapia fillets, freshly grated parmasean cheese, grating lemon zest, juicing a lemon, and marinating for 20 min?!? How is that quick or easy? It sounds like a good recipe but I’m so tired of clicking on headlines ” fast easy meals your family will love” and finding nothing but complicated, time consuming recipes with lengthy procedures and unusual or expensive ingredients. A pot of chili made on the weekend is ready in 20 min from freezer to microwave to plate with no pots or pans and you can do something else while its heating up – that’s my idea of easy.

  3. Hendrix
    July 12, 18:40 Reply

    I love this recipe. I’m addicted to it. I’ve been making this every week for probably two months and my family is not sick of it!

  4. Kathy Johnston
    September 25, 11:35 Reply

    agree with Helen. also: measuring/melting butter?! the recipe looks good but it’s not quick or easy and makes a lot of dirty dishes.

  5. Stephanie
    September 25, 20:36 Reply

    Sorry, Laura, but I agree with Helen too. That said, the recipe sounds delicious and I will definitely try it.

    • Laura Keogh
      September 25, 20:53 Reply

      It’s ok Stephanie. Everyone’s barometer of what is easy and fast is different. Considering what some recipes take me to complete, this was easy to me. However, I love hearing what our reader’s think, both good and bad. It’s how we know what you want. I hope at least you try it because it is yummy. Best, Laura

  6. Kathy Johnston
    September 26, 10:51 Reply

    If you have a long time this might be considered ‘quick’. However, if you arrive home at 5:30 with a hungry child (or children), and you have to grate parmesan, zest a lemon, melt butter, measure messy mayo and yogurt, marinate for 15 minutes then cook for 10, AND prepare some side dishes, I don’t know how this can be considered quick. However, it does sound tasty and I’m going to try it (some time when I have a sous-chef available to help with prep and clean-up-as-we-go!). Thanks for the recipe and for listening to my mini-rant.

  7. Kelly
    October 14, 19:57 Reply

    omg people, get a life! If you have time to write a critical review, I am sure you have time to throw this together. Let me give you a few more timesaving tips: 1. unless you are cooking something that needs to “set”, measuring and guesstimating are synonymous! 2. use the same spoon to stir; 3. pregrated parmesan will work in a pinch!

  8. Elisabeth
    November 10, 20:55 Reply

    Trying this recipe tonight! Was very quick to prepare and sounds delish!

    As for the people who said this was not easy, maybe it is not something you have the time to do if you have to have supper ready within 20 minutes of coming in the door but is will be ready in 40 minutes, max….less if you use pre-grated parmesan or if you premix ingredients the night before. Prepare veggies during the marinating period or rice and everything will be ready at the same time! Also, I don’t think you should mention melting butter as time consuming, it is what, 20 seconds in the microwave?

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