Baked Tilapia

Baked tilapia can be on your dinner table in about 15 minutes!  This is the epitome of a quick and easy meal.  Tilapia fillets are covered in a delicious Parmesan basil spread made from basic pantry ingredients.  Broil the fillets for less than 10 minutes and serve.

Baked Tilapia

This week's Sunday Supper's theme is New Adventures.  Each of the participants this week are conquering a new cooking adventure and yes, mine is fish!  I don't have any fish recipes to call my own other than some awesome shrimp recipes and one sashimi salmon recipe. Usually when we have fish my husband cooks it on the grill.  Up until I made this baked tilapia, I had never bothered to figure out how to cook fish.  But oh how things have changed.  This recipe was amazing and it was so simple to throw together.

I used fresh basil in the spread on top of the fish because I have a nice little basil plant growing on my front porch.  But dried basil will work, too.


Baked Tilapia with Parmesan Basil Sauce #SundaySupper

Serves 2     adjust servings

Preparation 5 min
Cook Time 10 min
Total Time 0:15


  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets


  1. In a small bowl stir together all ingredients except tilapia. Mix well. Set aside.
  2. Pre-heat broiler on normal heat. Line a baking sheet with tin foil.
  3. Put tilapia fillets on the baking sheet.
  4. Broil tilapia for 3 minutes. Remove pan from oven and flip fillets over. Return pan back to broiler and broil for 2 more minutes.
  5. Remove pan again from oven. Spread the butter/mayo mixture evenly over all of the tilapia fillets.
  6. Return pan to oven and broil for 2 more minutes until sauce is browned.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 907kcal Calories from fat 495
% Daily Value
Total Fat 55g 85%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 316mg 105%
Sodium 755mg 31%
Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 102g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Make sure to check out the other food adventures that are part of this week's Sunday Supper!  You might find something you've been wanting to try!

New Expeditions (Sides, Starters & Staples)

Homemade Corn Tortillas from Pescetarian Journal

Easy Oven Polenta from Shockingly Delicious

Homemade Spiced Flour Tortillas from Chocolate Moosey

Naan from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Homemade Tofu from Kimchi MOM

Indian Moong Beans from Magnolia Days

Baked Lemon Coconut Risotto from Soni’s Food

Homemade Peanut Butter from Home Cooking Memories

Homemade Ricotta Cheese from Webicurean

Portuguese Chorizo Bread from Family Foodie

Savory mushroom and herb steel cut oat Risotto Foxes Love Lemons

Grand Quests (Main Dishes)

Traditional Pork Tamales from Gourmet Drizzles

Braised Lamb Brisket with Lemon Oregano Yogurt Sauce from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Rice Burger from The Urban Mrs.

Pan-fried Scallops with Garlic Chili Linguine from Food Lust People Love

Miso-Glazed Salmon from The Foodie Patootie

Penne with Mustard and Chives from My Other City By The Bay

Arepas Rellenas (Stuffed Arepas) from The Wimpy Vegetarian

Spanish Baked Scallops from Momma’s Meals

Black Beans and Cheese Empanadas from Basic N Delicious

Pork Dim Sum from Small Wallet, Big Appetite

Venison Steak Gyros from Curious Cuisiniere

Baked Tilapia with Parmesan Basil Sauce from Growing Up Gabel

Vegetarian Hortobagyi Pancakes from Happy Baking Days

Caribou & Andouille Chili from The Foodie Army Wife

Escapades (Sweet Treats & Spirited Companions)

Vegan Chocolate Mousse from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

Zebra Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Multilayer Bars from What Smells So Good?

Rut-Busting Wines For New Cooking Adventures from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows from Vintage Kitchen

Strawberry Raspberry Fruit Leather from Juanita’s Cocina

Making Macarons – FAIL! from girlichef

Macaroons from Noshing With The Nolands

Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from The Messy Baker

Bircher Muesli from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Hello Kitty Rice Krispies from The Ninja Baker

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from In The Kitchen With KP

Dorie Greenspan’s Orange Almond Tart from Hip Foodie Mom

Ombre Mini Cakes from Daily Dish Recipes

Chocolate Dipped Madeleines from Big Bear’s Wife

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43 comments on “Baked Tilapia with Parmesan Basil Sauce #SundaySupper

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  3. propercooking on said:

    this looks absolutely gross. fish should NEVER be paired with cheese. EVER!!!!!!

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  6. We love talapia I’ll have to try your recipe. I hope you can drop by the link party again soon. Always love seeing what your cooking up! Theresa @

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  8. I love quick and easy dinner 🙂 This looks just perfect plus a great way to add more fish!

  9. Oh this is going on my to do list!! Love how easy and tasty this looks and cannot wait to try 🙂

  10. Looks like you did a great job! Tilapia is one of my go-to dinners.

  11. We’re big fish fans here, this would go over well

  12. I could eat that sauce with a spoon! So rich and delicious looking. I’ll bet it was just perfect on that tilapia. Beautiful, just beautiful!

  13. Hubby is not a huge fan of fish, so I rarely make anything besides the occasional salmon. I DO think he’d like tilapia…and your recipe looks delish!

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  15. I think I’ve made tilapia ONCE. I love this preparation…I should experiment with it again!

  16. My husband would love this. That sauce sounds amazing!

  17. I am always looking for new ways to make tilapia. This version with the cheese and basil on it sounds amazing!

  18. I love tilapia but I normally cook it on the grill, I love the idea of this creamy baked tilapia

  19. What a great recipe for cooking fish for the first time. Quick, simple, and such a nice sauce for the fish too. All done in the broiler in minutes. Well done!!

  20. Yum… what a nice spread on top, and love that you used fresh basil! I don’t cook fish often either, but when I do, it’s typically tilapia I go for. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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  22. Love, love, love tilapia and your recipe looks so good.

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  28. So glad you joined #SundaySupper! What a fabulous recipe. I love tilapia and never think to bake it. What a great idea!

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  30. This looks absolutely delicious! I make a rolled parmesan with similar ingredients so I’m sure it is!

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  32. This looks great – I do something similar with halibut 🙂

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  34. Your tilapia looks delish! I love the flavor you used over the tilapia!

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