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Tangy Parmesan Tilapia Recipe

Lime juice perks up this delicious and good-for-you dish Deborah Purdue sent from her kitchen in Westland, Michigan. She writes, “I was looking for a fish coating that didn't have bread crumbs or flour when I came across this one.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash onion powder
  • 4 tilapia fillets (5 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; set aside. Line a broiler pan with foil and coat the foil with cooking spray. Place fillets in prepared pan; sprinkle with salt.
  • 2. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. Spread 1 tablespoon cheese mixture over the top of each fillet; broil 1-2 minutes longer or until topping is golden and fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 179 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 fat.

Reviews for Tangy Parmesan Tilapia

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kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 135773
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"My husband is a picky eater and up until I found this recipe, he has never liked any fish recipes that didn't require deep frying. This recipe is one of our absolute favorites!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 79468
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

"Really good and simple enough that my husband was able to make it by himself:) Yummy!"

deb540 User ID: 6791332 209400
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"<p>I was surprised at how tasty this was and how much my mayonnaise haters (they didn't know) loved it. Used lemon juice instead of lime and we are on a low-sodium diet  so I used unsalted butter, omitted the salt and added more pepper...this worked great.</p>"

tcarver User ID: 5663692 99085
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"Perfect dish. Made it just as recipe called for."

thenewkitten User ID: 5770690 79467
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"This is probably the BEST tilapia I have ever had! I was out of lime juice and substituted Lemon juice and it's absolutely STILL amazing! LOVE IT. So easy it's embarrassing, yet doesn't taste simple! Kudos!"

truejoie User ID: 6609726 82930
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

"This was a really delicious sauce, everyone loved it! Will be making again."

txzookeeper User ID: 3016068 82920
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"Easy and tasty recipe. I did not put in the butter because I saw no reason for it. It tasted great without it and the topping was probably thicker without it. I also didn't bother with the foil. I just sprayed my broiler pan with non-stick spray. Easy clean up and I didn't waste any foil. I will definitely be making this again."

teach*music User ID: 5960429 156639
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"Easy, quick, delicious. A keeper!"

Mnewton24 User ID: 6439155 170554
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"This fish was so tasty! My kids ages 2 and 5 gobbled it up! Will be making this again!"

michelletheprincess User ID: 6415848 209399
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"This turned out so awesome! The sauce was amazing and I will definetly be making it again!"

pixie9999 User ID: 2561170 170553
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"I don't usually like fish unless its fried, but this is a great healthy alternative. I make this often. So easy"

jengel1 User ID: 6301273 110169
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I love this, its so easy and light and guilt-free!"

JumpRiverGem User ID: 1462419 173357
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Simple recipe and great taste, can't wait to make it again."

JillAndLea User ID: 1675407 101747
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Surprisingly delicious given the simple ingredients and short amount of time it takes to prepare! Will definitely make again and again!"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 79466
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"Love this recipe! It's so quick and delicious!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3679193 171906
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"Absolutely Fabulous! I also sprinkled some Panko bread crumbs on after spreading the cheese mixture. Whole family loved it-hard to do!"

gjclmc User ID: 2498527 170320
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"Very good flavor!"

MattD User ID: 4515717 99084
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

"So good. The cheese mixture is fantastic. I will definitely use it for other things as well."

themrsh User ID: 4847810 135744
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"Awesome and perfect! Divided the topping on 3 6oz fillets instead."

lynnkearns User ID: 2341227 158144
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"Wow! This was SOOOOO good!!!! Easy and quick to make. I make sea bass last weekend, and this was even better than that!!!! A definite winner!!!"

Jayshree User ID: 2580735 158141
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"i LOVE this recipie! It is so easy, and comes together in a snap, not to mention that it is just flat out FABULOUS on the taste buds :) i always add a little oregano and parsley in the cheese mix and use a shredded parmesan, asagio and romano mix in place of the plain parmesan. SO GOOD!"

sheria76 User ID: 1786234 171904
Reviewed May. 12, 2010

"Have been making over and over since it appeared. Even my picky kids eat it up!"

lenora43 User ID: 4765361 156638
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"Didn't have any lime, so I used lemon. It was wonderful. Cooking times, which are often inaccurate with fish were perfect."

ginnyjb User ID: 1598871 158140
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"So tasty, this has become a Friday nite favorite with us. Yummo"

CanuckCook User ID: 1978289 170312
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"Make sure you marinate the fish for about an hour before you cook it. The taste was good but not strong enough without the extra marinating."

cheeriogirl User ID: 2355136 110168
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

"I wasn't too sure about this as I prepared it, but the end result was delicious!! 5 stars!"

jyoung4566 User ID: 4244279 173356
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2009

"Great recipe! I added a slice of tomato and some chopped nuts as well when I spread the cheese mixture. My hubby loved it!!!"

dsr1970 User ID: 3201021 135742
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"Awesome and easy recipe! My whole family loved its tangy taste! I will definately make this again."

rellmac User ID: 3519421 168980
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

"This was really delicious! I was skeptical about lime juice on fish, but the tang was perfect. Even my fussy daughter enjoyed it and said she would eat it again. Definite keeper!"

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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.