I must say that this is one of my favorite tilapia recipes I've made in a long time! I think it has worked its way up to a top spot already and this is the first time I made it! There was just something about the perfect crunchy texture...and the delicious garlic and parmesan flavors. So much like others before it, yet so very, very different!
You will notice that I have listed 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese...this is not a mistake. I had the grated Kraft in a container kind of parmesan that I wanted to use up.. so I used both types, you could just stick with the shredded parmesan if you want and leave the grated stuff out all together, it's not going to hurt dish either way.
Parmesan Garlic Tilapia
2 cloves of garlic, skin removed and cut in half
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 Tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 tilapia fillets
In a food processor, finely mince the garlic. Add the panko and process for 3 seconds. Add the grated parmesan if using and pulse 3 times. Pour into a small bowl and add the shredded parmesan, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a backing dish with non-stick cooking spray. Rinse fillets and pat dry. Season both sides of each fillet and place in prepared baking dish. Spread the parmesan/panko mixture evenly over each fillet. Place in oven and bake for 12-14 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and the top is golden brown. Enjoy!
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