Tangy Parmesan Tilapia Recipe

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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.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Tangy Parmesan Tilapia in Light & Tasty December/January 2008, p14

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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kcrihfield89 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 79468
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2013

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

deb540 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 99085
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

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

thenewkitten 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 82930
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

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

txzookeeper 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 156639
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"Easy, quick, delicious. A keeper!"

Mnewton24 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 209399
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

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

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