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Crispy Baked Tilapia

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baked tilapia

I have very limited experience with cooking fish. That is to say, I can count on one hand the times I’ve cooked it myself.

It isn’t that we don’t like fish, we do. I love fish, raw or cooked (sushi!). I guess I’ve just been afraid I’d mess it up. Don’t ask my why that fear would paralyze me from trying fish, when I’ve tried and succeeded on so many other dishes (and failed on some, sure).

When we were on vacation last month at the Outer Banks we ordered out one night, we got fish and chips. Nothing beats fresh seafood; and nothing beats fresh seafood subsequently battered and fried to golden deliciousness. After that very satisfying meal I made up my mind to finally get over whatever was holding me back and just get on with it; cook the fish and if I fail so be it, but try it!

As you can see from the results in these photos, I didn’t do too bad. In fact, I’d say I did pretty darn good. How do I know? Rachel went back for seconds. Success!
baked talapia


Fish is pretty healthy. Frying, while delicious, is not healthy. This recipe achieves that crisp fried taste by double dredging the fish in flour and crushed corn flakes, then baking. I could have been exciting and cooked up some fresh “chips” to go with this too, ala some sweet potatoes, but it was a week night and we were eager to get dinner on the table. We went with frozen tater tots and corn on the cob.

Our first blogged foray into fish was a success. Now we have our eyes set on finding a tasty salmon recipe. Have any you’d like to share?


Crispy Baked Tilapia


  • 1 pound tilapia fillets (I got 2- 1/2 pound fillets which I sliced in half, for 4-1/4 pound fillets)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups cornflake crumbs, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix flour, salt, pepper in a shallow bowl. Whisk the egg in another shallow bowl. Spread the cornflake crumbs and parsley in a third shallow bowl.
  3. Dip tilapia in the egg, then the flour. Take the now floured piece and put in back into the egg, then press into the corn flake crumbs enough to adhere. Lay on baking sheet. Repeat with the remainder of the tilapia.
  4. Bake fish on lower rack for 10 - 12 minutes, until fork tender and cooked through. Serve with a quartered lemon and french fries.

baked tilapia



14 thoughts

  • August 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Frozen tater tots are among some of my favorite things. There’s a cop bar near one of our favorite comedy clubs that is a completely gross dive, and has a C rating, but damn! They make some tasty tots. I think I’d be completely happy with a plate of this crispy looking fish and some tots to go with.

    • Chris
      August 21, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Sometimes you have to venture into some shady places for a good tot 🙂 Mmm makes me hungry again just thinking about it…

  • August 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I’m not always the biggest fan of fish filets but I wish I was since they’re pretty healthy. The one time I really enjoy them is when they’re breaded. This really does sound delicious! Love the cornflake crumbs.

    • Chris
      August 21, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Agreed, breading makes the dish 🙂

    • Chris
      August 21, 2012 at 7:40 am

      It was really tasty- and super easy!

  • Ally
    September 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

    This sounds great, I can’t wait to try it! We are actually in the Outer Banks on vacation right now, so I’m all about seafood this week! I make salmon quite often at home, it’s my 7 year old’s favorite meal, a go to recipe I use a lot is… Preheat oven to 400. Mix brown sugar and a bit of cajun seasoning (just enough to add a little spice, but not enough to make it hot). Coat the top of the salmon in a semi-thick coat of the brown sugar mixture. Bake for about 15 minutes. Enjoy.

    • Chris
      September 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      #1 Very, very jealous you are on vacation at the moment! I’m so ready to be back there!
      #2 Your recipe sounds delicious! We don’t currently have any Cajun seasoning in the house, so will have to look for it the next time we are out. Thanks for sharing!

  • cassondra
    January 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

    This sounds great 🙂 when I do salmon, we marinate it in about 3/4 c soy sauce, 3 tbls lime juice, 2 tbls pepper and 3 tbls minced garlic. Let it marinate for about an hour, then pan fry it in a skillet on med heat for about 5 min on each side. the soy sauce makes it a little crunchy, it is so delicious!

    • Chris
      February 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Soy and salmon go so well together- will have to try this! Thanks for sharign Cassondra!

  • Kim
    February 12, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Not sure why — but I am always fearful of making fish, it has to be done just right. I will definately try this one as Talapia is a favorite. I would love a good (healthy) fish taco recipie if you have one. Now for Salmon — simple and delightful. Marinate a nice cut of Fresh Atlantic Salmon or Salmon steaks in 1 cup of Low Sodium Soy Sauce, 3/4 Cup of Honey and 1 Tube of Wasabi for 2-4 hours (all day is even better). Before cooking, sprinkle both sides liberally with toasted Sesame Seeds and place on an open grill for 5-7 minutes per side. Serve with a nice asian slaw or salad and be amazed at the wonderful flavor. It is my favorite and oh-so-simple way to enjoy a perfect salmon. Kimikaze~

    • Chris
      February 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      The salmon recipe has me getting hungry- sounds delish! Never actually had a fish taco! Actually, not even sure how I feel about them, but that is a personal problem I think :).

  • Masami Hart
    February 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    can I prepare these ahead of time and keep them in the frig without risking the cornflakes to not be crispy?

    • Chris
      February 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Hmm.. Not sure. I am thinking the corn flakes will get soggy. If you do try it let us know how it worked out!

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