Baked Tilapia With Cajun Crumb Topping

Spice-fanatics will revel in this Southern-style baked tilapia dish with a crunchy, Cajun breadcrumb topping that gives it an almost-fried crust. Serve with rice or potatoes and lemon wedges for squeezing,


  • 4 to 6 tilapia fillets
  • 1 cup soft fresh breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • Pinch dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Lightly oil a large shallow baking dish.
  3. Arrange fish fillets on the prepared baking pan. Brush with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Combine the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter with the bread crumbs and seasonings. Sprinkle the crumbs over the tilapia fillets.
  4. Bake the fish fillets for 10 to 15 minutes, or until fish is cooked through. Fish will be opaque and will flake easily with a fork when done.
  5. Carefully remove the fillets to plates with a spatula.

Serves 4.

Expert Tips

  • For soft fresh bread crumbs, process stale or day-old bread in the food processor and freeze the crumbs in zip-close freezer bags. You’ll have breadcrumbs any time you need them.
  • For fine dry crumbs, toast day-old or stale bread in the oven — about 12 to 14 minutes at 325 F — until dried, then process.
  • This recipe can be prepared with other types of fish. Try it with haddock, cod, or pollock. For thicker fillets, allow a few extra minutes in the oven.
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