Tilapia With Buttery Crumb Topping

This baked tilapia recipe makes a nutritious and delicious meal, and it is an exceedingly rapid and clean preparation. Tilapia cooks fast due to the fact the fillets are pretty thin. It’s a slight white fish, so it takes its flavor from the topping, sauce, or garnish. This version combines a fresh buttery crumb topping with a small amount of basil. Feel unfastened to toss some tablespoons of Parmesan cheese with the breadcrumbs for rich flavor. Or in case you want a lighter topping, reduce the butter down to two tablespoons.

For side dishes, choose roasted or baked potatoes or rice. Green beans or broccoli are suitable picks for their bright green coloration or serve the fish with carrots or steamed peas.


4 tilapia fillets (about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup bread crumbs (soft, fresh)
3 tablespoons butter (melted)
1/2 teaspoon basil (dried leaf)

Steps to Make It

Heat oven to 400 F.

Butter a large, shallow baking dish.

Arrange the tilapia fillets on the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine the butter with remaining seasonings and toss with the bread crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs over the tilapia fillets.

Bake the fish fillets for 12 to 15 minutes or until fish is cooked through. To brown the topping, broil for about 1 minute or until the crumbs is lightly browned.

The fish will flake easily with a fork when done. The minimum safe temperature for fish is 145 F.

Using a spatula, carefully transfer the tilapia fillets to plates or a serving platter.

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