Tilapia With Buttery Crumb Topping

Tilapia With Buttery Crumb Topping
Diana Rattray
Ratings (23)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
372 Calories
13g Fat
20g Carbs
42g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 372
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 413mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 42g
Calcium 71mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This baked tilapia recipe makes a nutritious and delicious meal, and it is an incredibly fast and easy preparation. Tilapia cooks quickly because the fillets are quite thin. It's a mild white fish, so it takes its flavor from the topping, sauce, or garnish. This version combines a fresh buttery crumb topping with a small amount of basil. Feel free to toss a few tablespoons of Parmesan cheese with the breadcrumbs for rich flavor. Or, if you want a lighter topping, cut the butter down to 2 tablespoons.

For side dishes, choose roasted or baked potatoes or rice. Green beans or broccoli are good choices for their vivid green color or serve the fish with carrots or steamed peas.

Ingredients

  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (soft fresh)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil (dried leaf)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.

  2. Butter a large, shallow baking dish.

  3. Arrange the tilapia fillets on the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine the butter with remaining seasonings and toss with the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs over the tilapia fillets.

  4. Bake the fish fillets for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fish is cooked through. To brown the topping, broil for about 1 minute, or until the crumbs are lightly browned.

  5. The fsh will flake easily with a fork when done. The minimum safe temperature for fish is 145 F.

  6. Using a spatula, carefully transfer the tilapia fillets to plates or a serving platter.