How to Bake Tilapia

Most fish make a wise entree choice for those who trying to keep meals light and healthy. The light flavor and delightfully flaky texture of Tilapia make it the perfect candidate the next time you're in the mood for a meal from the wild blue yonder. Tilapia's mild flavor lets it easily absorb the flavors of a wide variety of seasonings and sauces, which means that whether you're in the mood for a little Cajun spice or a tangy Oriental dish, Tilapia might be just the fish for the job. Tilapia is easy to find and relatively inexpensive, and best of all, it isn't hard to learn how to bake Tilapia, no matter what your culinary skill level. In this recipe, the mild taste and flaky texture of the fish are complemented by a crunchy coating. Be prepared to serve up seconds--even kids who claim they'll only eat hot dogs will go crazy for the salty-tangy combination in this simple dish.
Hey, everyone. I'm Judith with And today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make baked tilapia, a really nice, light and healthy dinner or lunch. So the recipe actually calls for 4 tilapia fillets. This time, I'm gonna be using two, so all our other ingredients as well will be halved. So first of all, we've got here 2 tilapia fillets, 2 lemon wedges, 1-1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of dried basil, a dash of pepper, a dash of salt, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese. Now, we have our baking dish here and we've lightly [unk] that with cooking oil. So, first thing's first. We're gonna get our Ziploc bag. Now, we're gonna open that up and we're gonna be putting in our Ritz Crackers. This is the really fun part. We'll put in our dried basil. Our salt and pepper goes in there, too. So, let's get our air out of this bag and we're basically gonna crush these crackers down. So, you have fun with this and [unk] it all out. There we go. All right. So once that is all into nice small pieces we're gonna add in our olive oil and we're gonna add in our cheese. We're gonna give that a good shake. So all of those ingredients are combined. Great. So once that is done we're gonna get our tilapia. We're gonna place them on our baking dish like so. We'll get our little baster brush, and we're gonna get our Dijon mustard and we're gonna be spreading that over our tilapia. Very nice. Tilapia is a really healthy fish to cook with. It's low in calories, low in sodium, low in fat and tastes great, too. So we'll get all of our Dijon mustard smothered on our tilapia like so. And now, we're gonna add on top our cracker mixture. So we can just use our fingers, put that on top and that's gonna just be a lovely, crunchy flavorful coating for our subtle fish. Now, I have preheated my oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. So as this is prepared now, we're gonna pop it in the oven. Fold it. We're gonna be putting that in the oven for 15 minutes. So we brought our tilapia fillets outside of the oven and they look just gorgeous, brown, golden, crispy and ready to eat. It's really simple, really fresh and very healthy. That's how you make baked tilapia. Well, thanks for watching, everyone. For more great recipes and savings, go to

What You'll Need

  • 18   Ritz crackers
  • 1/4  cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3   tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4  teaspoon dried basil
  • 4   tilapia fillets, about 1-1/2 pounds total
  • 2   tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon black pepper
  •  Lemon wedges, optional
  •  Jarred tartar sauce, optional

Step By Step

Heat oven to 425 degree F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Crush crackers in a plastic bag. Add cheese, oil and basil. Shake to combine.
Place tilapia on prepared baking sheet. Brush top side of each piece with about
1/2 tablespoon of the mustard and season with the salt and pepper. Press the cracker mixture onto the mustard-coated side of the fillets.
Bake at 425 degree F for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce, if desired.

In general, fish is great protein choice, low-fat and high in essential nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids. Tilapia is no exception. Its light flavor can combine seamlessly with a variety of ingredients and seasonings. On nights when you have little time to spare, try popping some tilapia fillets into a skillet and seasoning with Cajun spices or lemon pepper. A few minutes of cooking per side and dinner is ready. Then again, knowing how to bake tilapia for a meal that takes just 20 minutes to prepare means time constraints will never keep you from healthy eating.
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