Panko-Crusted Baked Tilapia


Recipe quick take:

  • Hands on time: 10 MIN
  • Inactive time: 20 MIN
  • Start to finish: 30 MIN
  • Serves: 2

In a nutshell:

This baked tilapia is covered in seasoned crunchy panko flakes. It's ready in 30 minutes, start to finish, making this the perfect weeknight dinner.

Once upon a time, seafood scared me. Staring at the piles of shrimp, mussels, and whole fish was intimidating as I tried to decide what to make for dinner. Ultimately, I would scoot myself about 10 feet over, right in front of the packaged chicken. SAFE.

Since then, my love for seafood eventually took over and I convinced myself to give home cooked fish, shrimp, and more a try. It’s healthy, easy to make, and fast—the ultimate cooking trifecta. What’s my secret? Go in with a gameplan.

Before I step foot in the grocery store, I know exactly what I want to make. Then I think about what I have at home. And then, I go to the store. This saves me from being overwhelmed and confused about what to buy. Now, I end up with ingredients for an actual meal, instead of a basket full of kale, cereal, and ice cream.

This Panko-Crusted Baked Tilapia recipe is so legit for those busy weeknights you crave a healthy, home-cooked dinner. And your trip to the grocery store will be very quick since this ingredient list is pretty short! If tilapia isn’t available, just ask. Anyone working the fish counter will be able to throw out some other options—Dover sole or snapper work well in this recipe too. We served our fish with a Persian salad made up of diced cucumber, tomato, and onion, all marinated in a lemon vinaigrette.

Panko-Crusted Baked Tilapia // dairy-free

Similar to shake ‘n bake style chicken, this fish is dipped in the egg, which acts like a glue. Then, the tilapia is coated in a mixture of panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, paprika, and lemon zest. (Btw, we use paprika in our Shakshuka and Healthy Tuna Salad too.) You can never go wrong with lemon, herbs, and garlic when it comes to seafood. Just remember that and you’ll be golden!

Panko-Crusted Baked Tilapia // dairy-free
Panko-Crusted Baked Tilapia // dairy-free

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Panko-Crusted Baked Tilapia // dairy-free

What You Need

Panko-Crusted Baked Tilapia - Ingredients


Prep rack.

Remove a wire rack from your oven. Lightly grease the rack with non-stick cooking spray, or use a paper towel to rub with oil. This keeps the fish from sticking to it.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Prep mixes.

In a shallow dish, stir egg, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In another shallow dish, mix bread crumbs, garlic powder, paprika, lemon zest, and remaining salt and pepper.

Dip fish.

Pat tilapia fillets dry with a paper towel. One at a time, dip each fillet into the egg mixture followed by the dry mixture. Use your hands to pack the bread crumbs onto both sides of the fish.

Arrange the fish in a single layer on the rack.

Bake and serve!

Carefully place rack back into the oven, in the middle position. Place the large sheet pan on the rack below to collect any crumbs.

Bake for 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Recipe notes

Why the rack? This helps air circulate below the fish, keeping the bottom crispy instead of soggy. The sheet pan under the rack collects any rogue crumbs.


Don't have: Try:
Panko bread crumbs Plain bread crumbs
Paprika Cayenne pepper for a kick!


  1. Jeff wrote:

    I made it and it was delicious
    I would recommend anyone to try this

    Posted on 4.28.17 | Reply
    • Cynthia Samanian wrote:

      Thanks so much, Jeff! I’m really glad you enjoyed it.

      Posted on 4.30.17 | Reply
  2. Catherine wrote:

    Just made this and it was absolutely delicious. Highly recommended and definitely a recipe I will use again and again.

    Posted on 10.11.17 | Reply
    • Cynthia Samanian wrote:

      I’m so happy to hear that, Catherine! This is one of my favorite weeknight recipes, and also really great for entertaining. Happy to hear you’ll be cooking it up again!

      Posted on 10.12.17 | Reply

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