Crunchy Oven-Baked Tilapia Recipe
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Crunchy Oven-Baked Tilapia Recipe

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This baked tilapia is perfectly crunchy. Dip it in the fresh lime mayo to send it over the top. —Leslie Palmer, Swampscott, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet: 186 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 401mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1/2 starch.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place fillets on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, lime juice and peel, salt, onion powder and pepper. Spread mayonnaise mixture over fish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs; spritz with cooking spray.
  2. Bake 15-20 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. Sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Crunchy Oven-Baked Tilapia in Simple & Delicious December/January 2015

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 261297
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017

"When I make any kind of fish I usually sprinkle lemon pepper on it and bake the fillets in the oven. When looking for a change of pace I found this recipe. The flavor of this dish is good. I recommend making an extra batch of the mayo mixture to put on the fish while you are eating it because it is very tasty."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 244502
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"We liked it."

CJBayless User ID: 8424261 230827
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

"this was amazing and my whole family loved it"

bjpalmer User ID: 467168 230738
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2015

"I usually do not like fish or seafood. I made this mostly for my husband and after trying a bite, I could not get enough! The lime flavor and crispy Panko are something I now crave! I've made it many times for dinner with rice pilaf and a side of peas or broccoli. It's even better when you squeeze the fresh lime juice on top after cooking."

JulieS211 User ID: 5434916 221546
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"I omitted the lime, but the rest made for a moist but crispy delicious fish. Even the thin edges of the filets that often die out when grilling of baking were not dry!"

MoTPC User ID: 1195404 218832
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Very yummy! Easy and nice change from lemon/dill I usually put on tilapia. Will definitely make this again!"

annrms User ID: 2649709 193209
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"This was the first time I cooked tilapia (loins). DH and I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe. The lime zest and juice was differently delicious...a departure from the usual lemon flavor usually served with fish. It's a keeper! Thanks for posting!"

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