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What Makes Baked Tilapia with Panko Breadcrumbs So Wonderfully Unique

Out of all the easy fish recipes you can choose from, oven baked fish recipes are some of the most delicious. Not only does baking mean less fat and fewer calories than fried fish recipes but it is also a great way to cook your fish to moist, succulent perfection.

You can use fine dry breadcrumbs, panko breadcrumbs or a combination of the two to coat your fish filets. Panko breadcrumbs are made when an electric current is passed through bread dough. This results in a crustless bread which has an airier, crisper texture than regular bread and the loaf is ground up to make the breadcrumbs.

Adding Even More Flavor

Although many types of fish have their own unique, delicious flavor, you might like to enhance the flavor of your fish by using mustard, mayonnaise or something else between the fish and the breadcrumbs. Not only does this layer add flavor but it also helps the breadcrumbs to stick.

How to Serve Baked Tilapia Recipes

Baked tilapia with panko breadcrumbs is perfect if you like your fish crunchy on the outside and succulent on the inside. You can serve tartar sauce, ketchup, garlic mayonnaise, or another sauce for dipping your fish, and you can take your pick from rice, potatoes, fries, salad, vegetables, or any other side dishes to go with this flavorful meal. Lemon wedges for squeezing over the fish are also nice.

Baked fish recipes appeal to adults and kids alike, and because you can use thawed tilapia filets in most of them, tilapia recipes also tend to be an economical option for families on a budget.

What is Your Favorite Way to Prepare Tilapia?


Baked Tilapia with Panko Breadcrumbs

Tilapia is a flavorful fish and you can use thawed or fresh tilapia filets in the following recipe. The fish is coated lightly with a Dijon mustard and mayonnaise mixture, before being encrusted with seasoned panko breadcrumbs. You can use honey Dijon mustard or regular Dijon mustard, as you wish. If you are making this for kids you can even omit the mustard altogether or use a very mild, sweet variety.

These fish filets are moist on the inside but crunchy on the outside, and they are nice with rice or potatoes, as well as some salad or vegetables. You can use this same recipe for pork or chicken, altering the seasonings and cooking time, but it is especially good with fish. This baked tilapia with panko breadcrumbs recipe gives you a new way to serve up a classic favorite. If you usually pan-fry your tilapia and serve it plain, then you will find adding a crunchy coating really livens it up, and baking it in the oven is much healthier than deep-frying it.

You can use low-fat mayonnaise to reduce the fat content even more. Many families like to make healthy baked fish recipes for their families, knowing that the meal is sure to taste delicious and be nutritious at the same time. Kids and adults alike will love this baked tilapia with panko breadcrumbs recipe.

Classic Recipe for Breaded Baked Tilapia
Summary: Tilapia is coated in panko breadcrumbs so you can expect a lovely, crispy result. This recipe includes mustard, paprika and parsley to ensure plenty of satisfying flavor.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 4 tilapia filets (about 1 ¾ lbs in total)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Nonstick cooking spray as needed
  • 4 lemon slices for garnish
  • 4 parsley sprigs for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease a shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Stir the mustard with the mayonnaise and rub this mixture over the fish filets.
  4. Combine the fine dry breadcrumbs with the panko breadcrumbs, parsley, paprika, onion powder, salt and black pepper in a food processor.
  5. Pulse a few times to combine, and then transfer the breadcrumb mixture into a high-sided plate or shallow bowl.
  6. Dip the fish filets into the breadcrumbs and arrange them in the prepared baking dish.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the tilapia is cooked through.
  8. You do not have to flip them over.
  9. The exact cooking time depends on how thick the fish filets are. When they flake easily with a fork they are done.
  10. Remove the tilapia to plates carefully, using a spatula and garnish each one with a slice of lemon and a sprig of parsley.

Photo Description:

You can see from the picture how crunchy and appetizing this baked tilapia with panko breadcrumbs looks. This is a great way to cook fish filets because the crispy exterior seals the fish and its juices securely inside, ensuring your tilapia will come out moist and succulent. You might like to make some creamy mashed potatoes, or even delicious garlic mashed potatoes, to serve alongside the baked tilapia with panko breadcrumbs. Some green beans or broccoli would also make a good side dish. This is one of the most easy fish recipes you can try if you are new to baking fish.

Photo Credit: All images are credited to © Various through own license

How to Make Baked Tilapia with Panko Breadcrumbs Like a Professional Chef

Before you add panko breadcrumbs to your tilapia filets you will need to thaw them if they are frozen. It is easiest to do this overnight in the refrigerator. Do not forget to rinse the thawed fish and pat it dry with paper towels. Thawed fish holds on to a lot of water and if you thaw a fish filet it will be sitting in a pool of water afterwards.

Coating the Fish

If you are going to use panko breadcrumbs you will need to give them something to stick to, so coat your fish filets all over using mustard and mayonnaise or another combination of thick, sticky [b]Summary:[/b]. Make sure the fish is evenly coated.

It is usually better to make a little extra mayonnaise and mustard mixture, rather than discover you did not make enough to coat your fish filets. Remember that a thin fish filet will have a larger surface area than a thick one.

Finally dip your fish into the breadcrumb mixture. You can add herbs or spices to this mixture, and you can use half panko breadcrumbs and half fine dry breadcrumbs for a nice flavor and texture. You can also swap some of the breadcrumbs for parmesan cheese.

Baking the Fish

The fish should be baked in a preheated oven until it is done and this can take anywhere from twelve to twenty minutes, depending on your oven, the thickness of your tilapia filets, and how thick the coating is.

It is best to check the fish after twelve minutes to see whether it is nowhere near done, almost done, or done. If it is nowhere near done, you can leave your baked tilapia with panko breadcrumbs for another five minutes before checking it again. Do not let it overcook else it will dry out.

These Fish Filets Are Moist On The Inside But Crunchy On The Outside


Baked Tilapia with Panko Breadcrumbs

Some Interesting Facts and Info

Tilapia is a mildly-flavored, firm-textured white fish that grows in warm waters such as Southeast Asia, Latin America and warmer waters off the coast of the U.S. Tilapia can also be farm-raised, giving the growers the ability to control the environment in where the fish is raised as well as their diet. Furthermore, farm raising Tilapia can give the growers more ability to control the hygiene of the fish and conform to global food standards before selling the fish for distribution and to various restaurants serving the fish.

Tilapia is one of the most popular fish served on menus around the world because it is lean, low in fat and carbohydrates but offers protein as well as the essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Furthermore, because of its mild taste, it can take on a variety of delicious flavors and spices from Cajun to Mediterranean. Also, it is easy to cook and clean and can be baked, fried, grilled or barbecued.

One truly delicious way to cook Tilapia is to coat it with panko breadcrumbs and bake or fry it. Panko breadcrumbs are a very thin, flaky breadcrumb used in Japanese fried dishes. It is a lot flakier and lighter than the traditional breadcrumb because instead of baking the bread, the bread is actually passed through electrical currents so that it breaks up into smaller pieces.

With fish, it can be easy to overcook it, leaving a rubbery dried food item that no one wants to eat. When coating the Tilapia with panko breadcrumbs, you get a flaky crispy outside and tender, juicy fish inside. You can add various flavors to the panko breadcrumbs as well such as cheese or your favorite spices such as ginger powder, chili, or curry to give the Tilapia an extra boost of flavor.

When serving the baked Tilapia with panko breadcrumbs, you can choose from a variety of sides such as rice, potatoes, greens, or even beans. This item is a great crowd favorite and can be served for any occasion. It also great for a surf and turf menu, eating it alongside a great beef dish.

Not to mention, Tilapia thaws quickly and keeps well prior to cooking. Of course, when preparing the Tilapia, you always want to be sure to rid the fish of any excess bones or scales and wash it very well before cooking. Luckily, Tilapia does not have a very strong scent, but you still want to wash any items that have touched the raw Tilapia.

Keep any leftovers of the planko crusted Tilapia in a resealable, plastic container to ensure freshness and keep the outer layer crispy.

You can see from the photo how delicious the panko-crusted Tilapia appears. It looks as if it has been fried, which can be highly unhealthy. You can still get the fried fish texture by baking the Tilapia in its panko coating. As soon as the Tilapia is baked, it is ready to be served and a squeeze of lemon adds the perfect touch.


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