Herbed Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Herbed Parmesan Crusted Tilapia


3/4 cup Japanese panko breadcrumbs
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
3 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped, mixed fresh herbs (thyme, oregano and basil)
3 green onions, green tops only, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed (approx. 1/2 lemon)
salt and pepper to taste
4 fillets Tilapia
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley finely chopped (for garnish)



Step 1 – Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly butter a baking dish or individual grain dishes for the fillets.

Step 2 – In medium bowl, mix together the cheese, breadcrumbs, butter, mayonnaise, herbs, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and lemon juice; season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside until needed.

Step 3 – Pat the fish fillets completely dry with paper towels (removing the moisture ensures they won’t get mushy while baking); season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange the fish in a lightly buttered baking dish or individual gratin dishes.

Step 4 – Spread about 3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over each fillet.

Step 5 – Place in preheated oven and bake until bubbly and almost cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Temperature should be approximately 125-130° when tested at thickest part of fillet with meat thermometer.

Step 6 – Move fillets to broiler for 2 to 3 minutes to brown and crisp the tops. When done, the fish should flake easily with a fork.

Step 7 – Remove from oven, garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.