Broiled Tilapia Parmesan is easy and extremely flavorful! Parmesan cheese, dried herbs and spices and lemon juice are blended in a creamy topping before being spread on tilapia fillets. Broil until flaky and delicious! Serves 4.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Tilapia Parmesan is quick, easy and restaurant quality delicious.

I originally found a version of this recipe via over 13 years ago. Over time, I’ve changed only a few things and it still remains a favorite. A quick spread of butter, mayo, parmesan cheese, homemade old bay seasoning, plus a few other dried herbs and spices is spread on tilapia fillets and broiled. The entire recipe takes under 15 minutes to make and tastes incredible.

The key to success with this recipe, is using fresh tilapia fillets. Typically it is found at the seafood counter of your local grocery store. Of course you can use frozen tilapia, but fresh tilapia can be larger than the frozen fillets and the texture of the (fresh) fish is incomparable. Also, equally important, knowing where your grocery store sources their seafood.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

This tilapia Parmesan recipe is flavorful and not too heavy. I think you’re gonna love it.

ingredients for Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

To Make Tilapia Parmesan You Will Need:

  • butter (unsalted) – Adds delicious flavor.
  • mayonnaiseLends creaminess and flavor.
  • parmesan cheeseUse freshly grated without any anti-caking additives.
  • old bay seasoningStore bought or homemade.
  • dried basilLends a strong minty flavor with a hint of anise.
  • garlic powderAdds flavor that’s sweeter yet milder than fresh garlic.
  • celery saltLends subtle celery like flavor.
  • black pepperAdds some subtle bite and flavor.
  • fresh lemon juiceAdds acidity and thins out parmesan topping.
  • tilapia filletsTry to find fresh fillets as they tend to be larger than flash frozen.
  • minced parsleyOptional, for serving.

Add butter, mayo, parmesan, dried herbs and spices in a bowl.

Move the oven rack to the highest position in your oven and preheat your broiler on high.

Meanwhile add 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan in a medium sized bowl. Measure and add in 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon of both dried basil and black pepper and then 1/8 teaspoon of both celery salt and onion powder.


Give it a stir.

Stir well until fulling combined.

Before adding in 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, stirring until smooth. Set aside.

tilapia on greased foil-lined pan

Lightly spray a foil lined baking sheet with avocado oil or extra light olive oil. The foil will make for an easier clean up. Arrange the fish with the pretty side down and the darker side up. Slide the pan with tilapia under the broiler for about 3 minutes.

broiled 3 minutes

After the 3 minutes, remove the pan. The fish should be slightly opaque.

Flip and top with parmesan butter mixture

Carefully, flip the tilapia filet so now it’s pretty side is facing up. Divide and spoon the parmesan mixture on top and spread it over the fillets.

broiled tilapia parmesan

Place the fish back under the broiler for another 3 minutes or until the parmesan mixture is golden brown.

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Serve your broiled tilapia parmesan next to roasted broccoli and garlicky toasted almond basmati rice with a sprinkle more of parmesan cheese and minced fresh parsley.

Broiled tilapia parmesan

Enjoy! And if you give this Broiled Tilapia Parmesan recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 4 servings

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan is easy and extremely flavorful! Parmesan cheese, dried herbs and spices and lemon juice are blended in a creamy topping before being spread on tilapia fillets. Broil until flaky and delicious!
Serves 4.


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • avocado oil spray, or extra light olive oil
  • 4 tilapia fillets, or around 1½ pounds total
  • minced fresh parsley , for serving


  • Preheat your broiler and line a cookie sheet with foil and lightly spray with olive oil.
  • In a small bowl mix together; butter, mayo, parmesan, Old Bay, basil, black pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and set a side.
  • Arrange the tilapia with the dark vein (bottom) side up and broil all fish together for 3 minutes.
  • Remove and carefully flip the fish so they are now right side up.
  • Divide the parmesan mixture over each fillet and slide back into the oven for 3 more minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily and the topping is golden and bubbly.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and minced parsley.


Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.
Serving: 1fillet, Calories: 392kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 131mg, Sodium: 538mg, Potassium: 555mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 0.3g, Vitamin A: 478IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 137mg, Iron: 1mg