Panko Parmesan Crusted Baked Tilapia Recipe

Panko Parmesan Crusted Baked Tilapia is quick, easy and so completely delicious. It’s the best, light weeknight dinner! 

A close up of a piece of Panko Parmesan Crusted Baked Tilapia.

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I’ve always been a lover of all things seafood. But you know what I really love about cooking fish for dinner? The fact that it comes together really quickly. This is a super important prerequisite for my weeknight meals. Because ain’t nobody got time for that.

This baked tilapia recipe is a super tasty throw-together meal that is an upgrade from simply throwing the fish onto the pan and popping it into the oven. I love the super flavorful and crispy crust that site on top of the fish. It almost gives you the feeling of eating fish sticks or a breaded fish fry without the hassle of breading the fish.

Panko Parmesan Crusted Baked Tilapia lined up on a pan.

Now I know some people are weird about the whole cheese/fish flavor combo. But you guys I’m not asking you to melt cheddar over your fish our anything. I’m not a complete monster! I feel like parmesan cheese is a little different. It’s got such great flavor that adds an additional crispiness to the crust that makes it different that the melty, stringy cheese that people usually think of when it comes to cheese (which totally would not be appetizing on fish).

Now I know a lot of people prefer to pan fry fish, and I get it, that’s totally delicious! But I also really love enjoying my tilapia baked. It’s healthier without sacrificing flavor and texture.

A side shot of Panko Parmesan Crusted Baked Tilapia on a pan with lemons on the side.

What should I know about making oven baked tilapia?

Why, I’m glad you asked. Here are some of my tips:

  1. Be generous with your salt and pepper when seasoning it with the panko parmesan mixture.
  2. I used my Mini-Prep Processor to get a nice, complete mix of the panko parmesan mixture. It just works better than using a whisk or a fork.
  3. Take your time when spreading the panko parmesan mixture onto the fish, it can get a bit messy.
  4. Feel free to use any other light white fish if Tilapia isn’t your scene.
  5. Be liberal with some extra lemon when you’re serving the fish. It adds a wonderful brightness and makes a pretty garnish.

A close up photo of a bite of Panko Parmesan Crusted Baked Tilapia on a fork.

Helpful tools:

  1. Mini-Prep Processor
  2. Sheet pan
  3. Fish Spatula



697 cal


34 g


77 g


34 g
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Panko Parmesan Crusted Baked Tilapia Recipe

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Yields 4 filets


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  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or Romano)
  • 5-8 sprigs of fresh parsley + extra for garnish
  • The juice of 1 lemon + extra for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + some for sprinkling on the fish
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper + some for sprinkling on the fish
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil + a little extra for drizzling the fish.
  • 4 tilapia filets


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Process all ingredients except the fish in the mini prep processor until well combined.
  3. Place the fish on the prepared pan and lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide the panko parmesan mixture between each of the tilapia filets and press it into the top of the fish so that it almost covers them.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
  7. Garnish with extra parsley and lemons and enjoy immediately with extra lemon juice.


This reheats pretty well but is best right away.

Another favorite fish recipe is this one:

Date Night Fish for Two with a Lemon Sherry Pan Sauce

This Date Night Fish for Two with a Lemon Sherry Pan Sauce is such an easy date night recipe option! It works great with any white fish and is the best way to use a few simple ingredients to create a healthy and delicious treat for dinner with the person you love. This is perfect for Valentine's Day!

I also love this fish recipe:

20 Minute Sheet Pan Lemon Dill Salmon and Asparagus

Three pieces of Lemon Dill Salmon lined up on the diagonal on a sheet pan with Asparagus on either side of it, the center piece of salmon is in focus and everything surrounding it is blurry. Each piece of fish has a lemon round on it.

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