Lemon Pepper Parmesan Tilapia

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Lemon Pepper Parmesan Tilapia

This recipe for tilapia is simple and tasty!  My Lemon Pepper Tilapia with parmesan is the perfect meal for any day of the week.

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Tilapia is an easy and mild fish to cook.  You can find it inexpensively in most any grocery store and when cooked well it is delicious.

My recipe for tilapia features parmesan and lemon pepper.  It is essentially lemon pepper tilapia with a twist.

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I start with four fillets of fish.

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I squeeze one lemon and sprinkle salt and pepper over both sides of the fish.

Then on one side I spread a very thin layer of a light olive oil based mayonnaise.

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I then prepare a mixture of parmesan, panko and lemon pepper.

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The fish gets turned mayo side down and the parmesan mixture creates a light crust that keeps the fish really moist.

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I turn the tilapia lemon pepper, parmesan side up and bake for only 10-12 minutes.

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Simple. Healthy. Dependable.

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I hope you love it as much as I did!

Lemon Pepper Parmesan Tilapia

Julie Wunder
This recipe for tilapia is simple and tasty! My Lemon Pepper Tilapia with parmesan is the perfect meal for any day of the week.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Seafood
Servings 4


  • 4 tilapia filets
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a glass baking dish.
  • Rinse the tilapia and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over both sides of the tilapia fillets. Season with 3/4 of the salt and pepper. Save the last 1/4 of salt and pepper for the parmesan mixture.
  • Spread a thin layer of the mayonnaise over one side of the fish. This acts as the glue to keep the parmesan on the fillet.
  • In a shallow bowl or plate combine the panko, parmesan, lemon pepper and remaining salt and pepper.
  • Carefully press the fish mayonnaise side down into the parmesan mixture.
  • Place the fish parmesan side up in the glass baking dish.
  • Repeat with all four fillets.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. The fish is done when it turns opaque and starts to flake.
  • Optional: Turn oven to broil to quickly brown crust. Be careful though! You could quickly burn and overcook the entire dish!
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By | 2018-06-28T14:32:27-04:00 January 27th, 2015|Dinner, Fish & Seafood, Food, Pescatarian Meals|43 Comments


  1. Sarah February 8, 2015 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I just made this for my family and it was a big hit! I came across fresh tilapia fillets and this was my first time baking tilapia and using fresh…I always buy frozen. Thank you for the recipe!

    • JulieWunder February 9, 2015 at 7:04 am - Reply

      That sounds wonderful! I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment.

  2. Esther February 4, 2015 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    This looks fantastic! Thanks for joining the link-up!

  3. Dick January 30, 2015 at 9:35 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Fixed this last night, Julie. It was superb. Thanks for the recipe.


    • JulieWunder February 2, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for coming back by to let me know how it turned out!

  4. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction January 30, 2015 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I was just looking for new ways to prepare tilapia! This looks so good!

  5. Annmarie January 30, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I have made something similar to this before- it is SO good!!!

    • JulieWunder February 2, 2015 at 9:15 am - Reply

      I make this in different ways all the time! With the crust it turns out really moist.

  6. Jaime January 28, 2015 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I’m definitely giving this a try. We have tilapia in the freezer and need new recipes.

    • JulieWunder February 2, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

      It is really easy and good! Great for right after work!

  7. Jess @hellotofit January 28, 2015 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I love tilapia, and how easily it adapts to other yummy flavors/seasonings. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!!

  8. Jessie January 27, 2015 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I don’t know what it is, but tilapia is one protein that I really dislike touching. The final outcome is great, but getting there… um not so much. Ha!

    • JulieWunder February 2, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

      I actually totally understand. I dislike touching fish too. I use a pair of tongs to cut down on the ew factor. I use them for any fish/seafood I make.

  9. Farrah January 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I’m out of tilapia, but I love how easy this recipe is! Definitely gonna try it out once I have it again! :]

    • JulieWunder February 2, 2015 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Thanks Farrah! Let me know how it goes for you!

  10. Renee @ Bendiful Blog January 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Oh now this I need to try. I have a bunch of Tilapia I just picked up in bulk. Yummy I love lemon pepper.

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Me too! My Mom didn’t cook a lot, but that is one spice she used. It feels cozy to me πŸ™‚

  11. [email protected] January 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I’m always scared to cook fish, because I’m not a huge fan…but I want my kids to be exposed to all types of foods. This recipe looks easy enough to try πŸ™‚

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      So easy and tilapia is very mild.
      I also suggest trying my foil packet fish, pesto salmon and no-fail salmon for first fish cooking experiences. πŸ™‚ As soon as the fish flakes- it is done. πŸ™‚

  12. I will occasionally eat tilapia bc it doesn’t taste like fish LOL. Weird vegetarian thinking. This looks super easy and good

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      haha. I totally, yet sadly, understand.
      I eat fish because it makes my life so much easier and I actually really like it. I only eat it a few times a week though πŸ™‚

  13. Lean Lena January 27, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    We make tilapia a lot in my house – such a quick, easy and delicious dinner! Our favorite is breaded tilapia that we buy pre-breaded. I think you just converted me from that to this recipe. Thank you so much for detailed instructions and for sharing your recipe with Tasty Tuesday, Julie!

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      This is a really easy way to get that same flavor with less other “stuff” πŸ™‚ Thanks for the linkup!

  14. Blane Sherer January 27, 2015 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Looks good. Keep those healthy recipes coming.

  15. Jessica @Myhealthypassion.com January 27, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    This looks sooo delicious! I am always looking for ways to spruce of tilapia!

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Jessica. I am too. Thanks for stopping by today! Hope to “see” you again.

  16. Annmarie January 27, 2015 at 8:31 am - Reply

    I planned on making fish tonight but hadn’t figured out a recipe yet! Looks like this will be it- thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 8:50 am - Reply

      I had all of this stuff in my pantry too! Hope you enjoy it!

  17. Danyelle Musselman January 27, 2015 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Sounds amazing and simple! I will be making this this week… Tilapia is one of the only fish my family will eat!

  18. Dan Steadman January 27, 2015 at 8:06 am - Reply

    looks good…just have to look for an alternative for parmesan (goat cheese) for my 3 y/o. My week has been so-so so far, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish…can’t wait for this weekend

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

      You could probably just use the panko crumbs and lemon pepper… but I didn’t test it that way.

  19. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes January 27, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    This looks yummy! I love fish. I’ve started using wild atlantic cod recently instead of tilapia to avoid the farm raised fish, but I miss the tilapia!

  20. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie January 27, 2015 at 7:25 am - Reply

    This looks yummy! I love that you could mix it up to use with any fish really.

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Absolutely. Just adjust the cooking time for the thickness of the fish.

  21. Susie @ SuzLyfe January 27, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

    People can be such haters of both tilapia and of pairing cheese with fish (which I can understand). But cheese and fish in the right instances (like this) are perfect! And lemon pepper is such a fabulous flavor…delicious!

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Just some light parmesan that’s all πŸ™‚ I didn’t know about fish and cheese haters… if they tried my fish, they would come to the dark side.

  22. Joanna @Makingmine January 27, 2015 at 6:55 am - Reply

    I need to incorporate more fish into my diet, but I don’t really know the first thing about cooking it. This recipe sounds delicious!

    • JulieWunder January 27, 2015 at 8:47 am - Reply

      It is soooo easy. You can also try my foil packet fish, pesto salmon and my dads no-fail salmon. πŸ™‚
      Thanks Joanna.

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