Baked Tilapia: Pecan Parmesan Garlic

baked tilapia fillet Snowbird Recipe

Seafood Recipe:

Baked Tilapia

With Garlic Butter - Pecans - Parmesan - Panko Crust

This easy, almost foolproof recipe is my personal favorite for tilapia. Tilapia is a delicate, mild fish that easily flakes when baked properly. The fillets are skinless and virtually boneless. Most groceries sell them in the frozen food section in a 16 oz. package of individually wrapped fillets. It doesn't take much time to defrost fish in a pan of water, which is why this recipe is great for a delicious last minute dinner. For best results, follow the recipe exactly. The crusted tilapia fillets should be baked -- not broiled, pan fried or grilled. This recipe was inspired by trial and error from a composite of many recipes over the years.

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4 tilapia fillets, about 4 oz each, defrosted

2 or 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced

3 T. butter or margarine

pecan pieces, pecans, nuts
Chop pecans into fine pieces and mix with equal parts parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs

1/8 cup unseasoned panko bread crumbs

1/8 cup finely chopped pecan nuts

1/8 cup parmesan cheese

1/4 t. garlic powder

1/4 t. onion powder

1/4 t. Old Bay® seasoning

1/4 t. fresh cracked pepper

1/4 t. Kosher salt

Note: Seasoning measurements are approximate. Dust the fillets generously or to taste.

Suggested brands: 4C® Japanese Style Panko Bread Crumbs; Old Bay® seasoning


Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Saute fresh minced garlic in 3 T. margarine or butter until garlic is softened, do not overcook

Strain garlic from butter and reserve garlic for another recipe or discard

Mix equal parts Panko bread crumbs, pecan chips and Parmesan cheese in a bowl

Place tilapia fillets on baking sheet or in glass baking dish sprayed with cooking oil

Dust both sides of fillets with Old Bay® seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and kosher salt and place fish into baking dish.

Brush garlic butter on top of filet

Top with Panko / pecan / Parmesan mixture. Mixture should cover the top of the fish entirely.

Bake, uncovered, for 9 to 13 minutes. Tilapia is delicate, do not broil, grill or pan fry.

Remove from oven and let rest for a minute or two covered with foil


Two servings

Recommended Sides:

--Angel hair pasta OR

--Plain white rice or Basmati rice or Caribbean style rice AND

--A green vegetable, such as fresh steamed broccoli, salad, peas or green beans

Equipment List:

--9" x 13" (quarter sized) baking sheet pan OR

--9" x 13" glass or ceramic baking dish

--small mixing bowl

--small saute pan

--cutting board

--chopper or knife

--wide spatula / flipper / turner / lifter




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