Recipes: Tilapia

Tilapia is one of the most popular fish for the dinner table, and with good reason. It’s very affordable, abundant in population, tastes great, and is filled with healthy Omega-3 acids. Most grocery stores have a variety of organic, frozen, or fresh tilapia on hand, so anyone can make it for dinner easily. If you’ve been looking for a change of pace from your normal weekly meals, today I have a few great tilapia recipes that will help you shake things up a bit.


Baked Parmesan Tilapia

8 tilapia fillets

¼ tsp dried basil

½ tsp dried parsley

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp garlic powder

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup dry bread crumbs

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup ranch dressing

½ cup milk

Salt and pepper to taste


1.   Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a 11×17 cooking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

2.   In a bowl, mix milk and ranch dressing and set aside. Then, place the flour in its own bowl and set aside, as well.

3.   In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, parsley, and basil. Pour mixture into a freezer bag.

4.   Gently coat tilapia fillets with flour and then dip in the ranch dressing/milk.

5.   Place each coated fillet into the freezer bag and shake until thoroughly coated with crumbs.

6.   Place fillets on the cooking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.


Fried Tilapia

Canola oil, for frying

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp paprika

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus ½ cup for dredging

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup buttermilk

4 tilapia fillets, cut in half lengthwise


1.   In a large pot or fryer, heat canola oil to 350 degrees.

2.   In a large bowl, combine baking powder, cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper, and 2 cups of flour. Then, whisk in the buttermilk.

3.   Dredge the tilapia in the remaining ½ cup flour, then dip into batter.

4.   Carefully drop the fillets into the hot oil and fry in batches for 5 minutes until golden brown. Remove and set on a plate lined with paper towels. Serve with fries and a side of tartar sauce.