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Baked tilapia coated with panko and seasonings in a casserole dish

Baked Tilapia (Super Quick and Easy Dinner)

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Budget-Friendly
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Marilyn
This delicious, baked tilapia recipe is topped with a seasoned crust. Your dinner is easy, budget-friendly, and ready in under 20 minutes.
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  • 2 tilapia fillets, about 4 oz each
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice about ¼ lemon
  • 5 teaspoon melted butter, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Using a paper towel, pat tilapia fillets dry. Place tilapia in the baking dish. Brush the top of the tilapia with 2 teaspoon melted butter. Drizzle lemon juice over the top. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine panko bread crumbs, parsley, garlic powder, paprika, and remaining butter; stirring well. Pat mixture on top of tilapia.
  • Bake, 12 to 15 minutes or until the tilapia is opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve.


If you like a crispier crust tilapia, place baking dish under the broiler, 1 to 2 minutes or until browned to your liking


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg