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Crunchy Oven-Baked Tilapia

This baked tilapia is perfectly crunchy. Dip it in the fresh lime mayo for a burst of bright citrus flavor. —Leslie Palmer, Swampscott, Massachusetts
  • 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 zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or parsley


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place fillets on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, lime juice and zest, salt, onion powder and pepper. Spread mayonnaise mixture over fish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs; spritz with cooking spray.
  • Bake until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Nutrition 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.
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  • PrplMonky5
    Dec 2, 2017

    We thought this was pretty good. I cut the recipe in half for just 2 fillets. I made it using lime juice and no grated lime peel. When I made the "sauce" it seemed a little thin, maybe because I skipped the peel? I added in a touch more mayo to thicken it up and that seemed to do the trick. I think next time I'll use the full amount of the sauce because it seemed like the fish needed just a tad more. I'd definitely make this again though. Yummy!

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    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
    Feb 26, 2016

    We liked it.

  • CJBayless
    Aug 6, 2015

    this was amazing and my whole family loved it

  • bjpalmer
    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
    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
    Jan 25, 2015

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

  • annrms
    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!