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Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with tomato basil sauce on a white plate.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce

This parmesan crusted tilapia is coated in Parmesan and panko then pan fried until golden brown. Topped with tomato-basil cream sauce. Get the recipe here!
4.9 from 30 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 946 kcal


Tomato Basil Cream Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • small handful of fresh basil leaves

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Ingredients:

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • oil for frying


  • Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and add cream. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Sauce will turn slightly pink and coat the back of the spoon. (Note: It is okay if the sauce boils slightly.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, pour enough oil just to coat the bottom of a skillet and heat over medium heat.
  • Rinse and pat dry the tilapia fillets. Season both sides with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Combine Parmesan, panko and granulated garlic.
  • Dredge the seasoned tilapia fillets in the flour. Shake off excess. Dip in egg. Press into Parmesan/panko mixture.
  • Place fish in heated skillet, in batches if necessary and cook 3-4 minutes per side. Fish will be golden brown and will flake easily when done.
  • When you remove the fish, chiffonnade the basil (Note: To do this, simply roll up a few basil leaves and gently chop). Stir the basil into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Lay fish on a serving platter and spoon sauce over the top. Serve.


Note: Nutrition facts not guaranteed to be correct.


Calories: 946kcalCarbohydrates: 25.6gProtein: 109gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 19.8gCholesterol: 383mgSodium: 752mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 2.4g
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Keywords: food recipe, panko, parmesan, seafood, tilapia, tomato cream sauce, tomato sauce, white fish