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Panko-Crusted Tilapia

This Panko-Crusted Tilapia is super tasty. It has a combination of fresh lemon, garlic, ginger and other fragrant spices, including paprika and crushed red pepper, that also gives it some heat.
Categories Easy Dinner
Difficulty Easy
Keyword breaded tilapia, panko crusted tilapia, panko tilapia
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 678 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup unseasoned Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tilapia fillets rinsed and patted dry
  • optional: thinly sliced lemons for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium-sized, shallow dish, combine melted butter, garlic powder and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In another medium-sized, shallow dish, combine Panko breadcrumbs and the rest of the dry seasonings. Mix well.
  4. Gently coat each fillet with the butter mixture and then with the Panko mixture, taking care to coat with as much Panko coating as possible.
  5. Heat olive oil over high heat in a non-stick, oven-safe skillet. Once oil and pan are hot, add the Panko-coated fillets. Pour the remaining lemon-butter mixture over and around the fish and carefully pat as much of the remaining Panko coating on the fish as possible. Throw in a few thinly sliced lemons to brown as well (if you wish, for garnish and added lemon flavor). Heat on high until the bottom side turns golden brown and the butter starts to brown, about 2-4 minutes. Careful not to burn the butter or the fish.
  6. Once the bottom side is golden brown, carefully flip the fillets over and place the skillet into the oven. Bake until the fish breaks apart easily with the twist of a fork, about 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of the fillets. Careful not to overcook at this point.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. Garnish with a slice of lemon, if you'd like. I do.

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Nutrition Facts
Panko-Crusted Tilapia
Amount Per Serving
Calories 678 Calories from Fat 481
% Daily Value*
Fat 53.4g82%
Saturated Fat 30.6g153%
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 111.2mg5%
Carbohydrates 25.1g8%
Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugar 1.6g2%
Protein 27.5g55%
Vitamin A 2300IU46%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.