Taking a Break from Plain Chicken

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If you’re looking for an idea for dinner tonight, check out What’s for Dinner? Wednesday hosted by Linda at The Gluten-Free Homemaker. She’s got some great ideas for transforming a dry roast into something moist and tasty. I’m submitting this post, which I’ve updated with some additional notes about cooking it. I also want to add that my daughter has decided that she likes this fish now. My son still not interested in trying it.


I was starting to get into a food rut this month, and was tired of plain chicken, plain rice and plain vegetables (the one meal I know my kids will eat). So, I decided to try something new and different: Broiled Fish with a Parmesan sauce. If you’re not familiar with Tilapia, it’s a white fish with a mild flavor and medium texture. And, one of the cheaper fish at the market. So, I thought it would be a good one for the kids to try. To be honest, my kids weren’t crazy about it. My son wouldn’t even try it. My daughter tried it and said it was good, but would only eat two bites. (My kids aren’t good about trying new foods, but I keep hoping that will change as they get older.)

But enough about the kids. My husband and I loved it! The sauce has a really nice cheesy flavor that was also great on the rice and asparagus we served with it. This was such a quick and easy meal, I will definitely make this again. The kids can eat leftover plain chicken. 🙂

Broiled Parmesan Fish


1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 Cup Butter, softened or melted
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp lemon juice (or lime juice works, too)
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp celery seed
4-6 fillets (1.5 – 2 lbs) Tilapia or other medium textured fish


  1. Line broiler pan with foil and spray with oil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Add in basil, pepper, garlic salt and celery seed. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Place fillets on the pan and broil a few inches from the heat for 3 minutes. Carefully flip over the fillets and broil for another 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover the fillets with the sauce. Broil for 2 more minutes, or just until the fish flakes easily with a fork. For a tender fish, don’t overcook.

Additional Notes:

  • I usually put a little seasoning on the fish before broiling. A sprinkling of salt and pepper, or Old Bay seasoning.
  • I don’t usually cook more than 3 fillets, so I always have plenty of sauce.  In the picture above, I have spooned on some extra sauce after broiling. I even had plenty to drizzle on the rice and asparagus.



That sounds yummy! I love tilapia but am the only one in the house that will eat fish – which means I don’t get it as often as I’d like.


Isn’t tilapia great? Cheap and fairly disguiseable (is that a word?)
Thanks for sharing your recipe


I love fish, but I’m just so-so about tilapia. This sounds like a good recipe for it – very rich and flavorful. Thanks for the idea!


I need to make more fish. The sauce sounds like a good one.


This sounds like a yummy recipe! I can’t eat fish, but I just got my husband some Tilapia that was on sale last week. I’ll have to try this recipe!


This sounds great, and my kids are old enough they will eat it. I’m definitely going to try the sauce. Thanks for joining What’s for Dinner Wed.


I like the seasonings you have used for the sauce. It makes me miss cheese.


We love Tilapia, and we love parmesan. This will be a big hit in our household, thanks.


We had this for dinner tonight and it was a hit. I love the sauce! Thanks for the recipe.


Great. Glad you liked it, too!


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I love the sauce! Thanks for the above recipe!


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Heather ~ Although I’ve already left two comments on this post, I just have to tell you that I make this regularly now. I have one kid who doesn’t like mayo so he has his w/out the sauce and adds Old Bay. It’s so quick and easy and the rest of us really enjoy the sauce. Thanks again!


Sounds great, we’re going to try it tonight! ! 🙂


Ok, made it for dinner and it was PHENOMENAL! ! Huge hit, we’ll have again and again! 🙂


T – Thanks for the feedback. So glad you enjoyed it.


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“I was starting to get into a food rut this month, and was tired of plain chicken, plain rice and plain vegetables.”

It’s like you hacked into my brain and read my thoughts! So glad I found your site. Chicken with rice and a veggie was on the menu tonight. Now it’s Broiled Parm fish. Can’t wait to try it!! Thanks!


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