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Breaded Baked Tilapia Recipe

Breaded Baked Tilapia Recipe

So much flavor…so few ingredients! A quick and easy crumb coating makes this yummy tilapia recipe ideal for busy weeknights. Try the breading on cod for a change of pace. —Brandi Castillo, Santa Maria, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 tilapia fillets (5 ounces each)


  • 1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, cheese, garlic salt and oregano. Coat fillets in crumb mixture. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. Bake 8-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet: 143 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 356mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat.

Reviews for Breaded Baked Tilapia

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DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 253855
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2016

"Excellent. I used Panko instead of soft breadcrumbs. To make this even faster for a weeknight, I combine all ingredients for the coating the night before, and it can be ready for the oven in 2 minutes! Great drizzled with lemon juice right before serving."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 247285
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2016

"So - so. little flavor."

Dilli User ID: 7204156 247049
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016

"Definitely dredge the fish in egg. Panko crumbs leave it very crunchy. I use 1/2 panko and 1/2 seasoned bread crumbs, which gives it a good flavor. Good recipe to keep."

FrederickGrenier User ID: 8655668 245830
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2016

"I'v been fishing for a long time around 50 yrs. so just a tip on how to make your fish tast better turn the fillets over flat side up and you will see a dark line running from end to end this is the blood line! it makes the fish taste strong so remove it by slicing it away then turn it back over and make sure its gone there might be a little left on the bottom edge i'v shown friends this and every one has thanked me as they liked the taste of there fish better""

caree929 User ID: 3830950 244377
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"We really liked this, but what improved it immensely was dipping the fish in eggs before coating in the bread crumb mixture. I was amazed that the breadcrumbs fully adhered to the fish since I've had issues with that in the past with the recipes! I think I would add some seafood seasoning to it as well to give it a little more flavor, but this is a great basic recipe that can be adapted however you choose!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 238037
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"I followed the advice of another reviewer and used Panko crumbs instead of bread crumbs for more crunch--glad I did! I did everything else exactly as written. However, I wish I had also used the egg dip first to hold the crumbs on better. I will also do that next time. And this was such an easy yet delightful treatment of fish that there WILL be many "next times"!"

ferryal User ID: 3337544 233035
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"Made this for dinner last night & I must say it was FANTASTIC! After reading the previous reviews & for health reasons, made these minor changes, used egg beaters to dip the fish in first & used seasoned Panko crumbs & Romano cheese. Omitted oregano. Served it with potatoes, pan fried mushrooms. This is a keeper in my recipe box!

Brandi, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe with us all!"

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 227308
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2015

"I followed the advice of some of the other reviewers and dipped the fish in egg before dipping in crumb mixture. Turned out great! Next time I'll squeeze lemon over each fillet. Very yummy!"

ak907eskimo User ID: 8348921 225331
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2015

"I didnt know to rinse them first. Too bad this website doesnt allow picture comments. Id love to show thrm to you. They taste great"

pla1 User ID: 204863 222731
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015

"I had my recipe for this printed in the magazine a few years ago.

Replace the soft bread crumbs with 1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs.
Dip fillets in egg beater then in crumb mixture.
Bake as directed."

gillettcookie User ID: 3422974 220293
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"Made this for dinner tonight. Something different for us! I made it with the Classic Creamed Spinach. A simple, quick dinner with rice pilaf on the side... Even my 10 yr old who has declared she doesn't like fish ate it! Even a "thumbs up" from the teenager! The only downfall... it was a bit on the pricey side! But worth it!"

Brookesworld104 User ID: 8218101 218149
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"I just made this. I had two thawed tilapia filets and wanted a quick easy recipe. I am GF so I used Gluten Free Bread Crumbs and italian seasoning from one of those home party companies (not sure I can say the brand here), it's like italian seasoning with garlic and onion in it. And I also used the parmesan. I dipped the filets in egg white 1st, then breaded and pressed the breading on, then I spritzed with an olive oil spritzer and baked at 425 for 15 minutes. Came out perfect, crispy and browned."

DRSchmitgall User ID: 2724529 115323
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"Absolutely fantastic! Execellent flavor. My sweetie has already requested I make it again. As for the comments about the crust, I has no issues. I rinses the fish and then sprinkling the crust mixture... perfect."

Sniggibb User ID: 7715599 101007
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"Well this was OK but with reservations. I didn't have tilapia but used swai , similar to catfish. Per a few reviews I dipped the fish in beaten egg to hold the breading. Unfortunately even after 15 minutes no crust formed. Next time I plan to pan fry to get a nice crust. Tasty, yes. I'll use basil instead of oregano."

ShannonMLeger User ID: 4216848 171622
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"I cooked mine at 450F from frozen and it was so delicious! The fish was moist and flaky and the seasonings were just fantastic. Served with long grain rice and a tossed salad."

scrapo User ID: 2908723 115322
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"1/2 t garlc salt and add 1/2 t. seafood or Garlic Herb seasoning. Use w tilapia with cucumber relish"

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 166066
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"Had to add melted butter to the fish to get the crumbs to stick. Hubby enjoyed it though!"

Divamom39 User ID: 7460802 171533
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"Great dish"

lilrdnckprncss User ID: 5549790 182907
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

"This was delicious! I used Italian seasoned bread crumbs & served it with garlic & olive oil cous cous & sauteed zucchini & squash."

agbernhardt User ID: 7265041 171531
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"This dish is easy and delicious. I like spicy so I added chili pepper powder to the recipe."

Karen Mona User ID: 2180611 117722
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013


2ofUs User ID: 6215942 186553
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"My bread crumbs didn't get as brown as the picture. Next time I will spritz with Olive Oil and hopefully then it will get browner."

nana92061 User ID: 6897126 106578
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"It's delicious after I cooked it until it was cooked through. I used Costco tilapia filets which I am sure aren't more than 5oz per, and the fish was def not done in 12 minutes...the fish is delicious, don't get me wrong, just check it first (unlike myself)"

LaraWest User ID: 6097321 167642
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"I used gluten-free bread crumbs instead of regular bread crumbs and it was delicious. Whenever I say I'm making fish for supper I usually get a big sigh, but this recipe was a huge hit and will definitely be making it again. Used 4 filets and had quite a bit mix left over so will be using more filets next time so not so much of the mix goes to waste!"

mjtotch User ID: 6620401 117721
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2012

"This was OK. I should have read the reviews before I made it....definately need to brush with something to get the breading to stick. Parmesan cheese burned...not sure how to fix that. But taste was OK...needed more salt."

donna914 User ID: 2673055 166065
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"My family enjoys fish on a regular basis. This was a simple recipe. It was quick & tasty."

NeeNee04 User ID: 4915048 117720
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2012

"Has anyone used crushed corn flakes instead of bread crumbs?"

cookinmommy User ID: 166191 144952
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"I have made this many times. It is not only delicious but easy to fix."

kbrown83 User ID: 5211309 171529
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"This recipe turned out great. It was quick to make and didn't require many ingredients. My 2 1/2 year old even liked it."

kgburgess User ID: 2727982 182902
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"This was pretty good! I used dry instead of soft bread crumbs, and I breaded some tilapia and some cod both. I love fish but don't care for tilapia, and this recipe allowed me to tolerate the rest of the tilapia I had in the freezer! I baked spritz the fish with extra light virgin olive oil before dipping it in the bread crumb mixture. That worked fine. I also baked it for 20 minutes and got it nice and golden brown. I liked the crispy breading a lot. It had the texture of what you would put on catfish. I'm sure it would have been great with some tartar sauce, but I skipped it to keep the calories low. My 4 year old doesn't eat fish that isn't breaded, and he didn't complain about eating this fish at all. The cod was even better in this breading than the tilapia, though. Delicious!"

bethhubers User ID: 6445555 184486
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"It was very tasty. I dipped my tilapia in eggs first before dipping into the bread crumb mixture. It seemed to work."

christinem0616 User ID: 5343692 101168
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"Pretty good!"

rhcluvscady2 User ID: 3416461 115321
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"even my 7 year old "I HATE FISH" daughter ate this and has asked for it again. I ate the leftovers the next day and it even reheated well, which very much surprised me!"

manga User ID: 4211076 117719
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"It was very tasty. To get the bread crumbs to stick, brush a little olive oil on the fish."

Heather Johnson User ID: 4927916 184768
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"This recipe was very good, but the bread crumb mixture didn't stick very well to the fish. Next time I will dip the fish in either milk or a beaten egg to get the crumbs to stick better."

mrs.pawling User ID: 141812 184483
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"I made this recipe using cod, and it was scrumptuous! We are not really fish eaters, but are trying to eat more of it...this recipe certainly helps!"

kalisditz User ID: 6151042 186552
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"I don't like Tilapia but this was amazing!"

lab7137 User ID: 4500500 125953
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"This recipe was delicious and so easy to make. I was surprised by the amount of flavor the tilapia had with so few ingredients."

dustinslove User ID: 6226516 117717
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"Was a hit with my 3 year old. He actually ate every bit of it that was on his plate without argument"

lilnikki User ID: 4718469 184481
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"So good. I would make it all the time."

Ab0628 User ID: 3440719 144951
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"I am trying to work more fish into our diets and this is a great recipe. My boys, 5 and 3, ate this up and wanted more after it was all gone! I appreciate that this recipe is both easy and healthy. My only complaint is that the bread crumbs didn't brown very much during the cooking time, but the tilapia was still delicious. I didn't want to overcook the fish."

cookmama300 User ID: 1059070 144950
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"This was very flavorful. We enjoyed, but my teen son prefers tilapia with lemon pepper seasoning and not bread crumbs."

thelmamarie User ID: 1862246 115319
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"worst Taste of Home recipe I ever made.

Coating was pasty, would not become crisp. I even put it under the broiler for a few minutes but did not help. Yuck!"

lasagna User ID: 1793127 101003
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011

"I make tilapia this way. However, I place a baking rack for cookies in a baking sheet. I spray the rack with Pam, place the fish on top, and bake as usual. The fish get cooked on both sides and have a crusty top."

EvaKay User ID: 1822123 101002
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"A little on the salty side for me but will try it again with less garlic salt. Otherwise, easy to make and yummy. As an added bonus, it was only 3 points plus for Weight Watchers. So I got to eat two fillets!"

micah68tlb User ID: 2474652 182901
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"I freeze the breadcrumbs to save for the next time. I add more crumbs parmesan cheese and spices as I need them."

scrapo User ID: 2908723 106577
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011 Edited Jun. 12, 2014

"Very good! My DH & I love w/ sauteed spinach (w/ mushrooms, garlic & parmesan) and microwave veggie rice pilaf - so good! My toddler loves w/ mashed potatoes!"

sincersin187 User ID: 3482305 171488
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"Also, my recipe is 1/2 c Italian style bread crumbs & 1/2 c of parm. It makes it very easy when doubli g the recipe as well. And I was reading another review.. No you don't have to flip it. It really is done in 10 min & is very very good!"

sincersin187 User ID: 3482305 167639
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"I have a recipe almost the same as this one. I read the reviews & wanted to advise: Do not dip in eggwash! It is not part of the recipe bc it is not necessary. I put the crumb mix in a one-gallon ziplock bag & gently toss the fish one at a time to coat. Yes there will be extra bread crumbs. Here's what you do: line a cookie sheet with foil. Spray with non stick spray. Place the coated fish on the pan, spray lightly with butter spray or butter flavor cooking spray. Sprinkle te remaining crumbs over the fish. They should be completely covered. Lightly spray again. Then bake. You get a layer of light crust on top & it's delicious! I make this regularly for my family & my two young kids LOVE it! ..P.S. I think the only difference in my recipe is that I use reg. salt but add Adobo & a little garlic Powder."

qwm User ID: 1379428 125950
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"I've never baked fish before. Would this be baked on the middle rack? Does it need to be baked on BOTH sides, requiring the filets to be turned half-way through the baking cycle? Thanks for any help given."

cookinmommy User ID: 166191 183274
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This dish is very easy to make and sure doesn't take much time. I did think it was just a little bland but overall good. I would definitely make again and maybe add a little something or serve with a sauce. I used frozen tilapia fillets and it worked well. Someone mentioned it was too salty with the garlic salt so I used half garlic salt and half garlic powder; however I found I needed to salt my fish a litle. I had no trouble getting the crumb mixture to stick. I rinsed the fillets in water first before coating. No need to use an egg or any oil. My family enjoyed this recipe."

tweet2783 User ID: 4833797 101157
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Love, love, love this recipe!!! Along with my family. Already have made it again. Even better, since there is not any eggs used to bread them, you can save the bread crumbs (shortly)"

mama_erne User ID: 3196755 186551
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"This was wonderful, my entire family gobbled it right up! Such an easy recipe for a weeknight. Will definitely make again!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 183273
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"I agree: yummy. I altered the recipe a bit by drizzling the fillets with unsalted butter. I mixed up the seasoning in a custard cup using garlic powder, oregano, a couple dashes of sea salt, and the Parmesan. I sprinkled that over the fish and baked. Squeezed lime juice on it and devoured. Great and easy, too."

SmilesfromKat User ID: 4478547 184766
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"we will make it again. yummy"

abreendre User ID: 1799143 144949
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"I would cut garlic salt in half. Much too salty."

kuhltwo User ID: 984601 211013
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"That was terrific! We will definitely serve this recipe again."

suehellen User ID: 3462828 166064
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"Ohh, and I used an egg (beaten) to help the crumbs stick to it. I think the person who submitted this forgot to mention that. Otherwise the crubs wont stick. Otherwise, loved it!"

suehellen User ID: 3462828 171487
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"The recipe was awesome! Very easy, fast and delicious. I substituted the bread crumbs with Panko to make the fish nice and light and it was delicous. My family will be making this again soon."

LauraManning User ID: 968398 211012
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"Quite tasty. I also brushed some olive oil on the fish to help the coating stick. I sprinkled a little kosher salt on it too before dipping it in the coating. Squeezing a little lime juice on it after it cooked was a nice addition too."

cheezhed68 User ID: 1083106 125948
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"I brushed the fish with olive oil to help the breading to stick. This recipe was easy and delicious. My husband (not a fish fan) loved it."

san716 User ID: 4636099 167637
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"my husband and i both loved the recipe - and i don't usually like fish. i used a little olive oil on the tilapia to make the crumb mixture stick. the flavor was great. it was a little salty so i might use garlic powder instead of garlic salt next time."

touloumis User ID: 4197776 117716
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"I wasn't disappointed by this one, especially considering the glowing reviews. First, I had a hard time getting the soft bread crumbs to stick to the fish, even though I sprayed both sides with butter spray beforehand like another reviewer recommended. Second, it was pretty tasteless. I had pretty thick filets of tilapia, so maybe that's why, but I had to drizzle some butter and squeeze lemons over it to make it less bland. I wouldn't make this one again."

keeshabear User ID: 4115931 186518
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"The mixture was greater than I needed to coat the fish. I would cook it at least 12 minutes or more next time so that the fish was crispier."

diannacrock User ID: 1726574 101000
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"This is a quick and easy recipe that's delicious. The only change I made was to use butter spray on the fish before coating it. The butter allows the breadcrumbs to stick better. You can also use pre-seasoned breadcrumbs to make it even quicker."

amy7017 User ID: 4366412 101141
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"Wonderful recipie. So easy and tasty. I omitted the garlic salt and added just a little garlic powder instead, eliminating the salt altogether. Definately would make it over and over again!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1434071 171485
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009

"I made this last night,and it was even better than I expected it to be!"

smrobinsn User ID: 1965858 171480
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"So easy! While I had the tilapia thawing in the sink, I was able to use the chopper to make the soft bread crumbs. It takes about 1 1/2 pieces of bread. It was fantastic!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.