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.

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