Tilapia is a great fish to make for the non-fish-lovers in your life – it’s mild and versatile. This recipe doesn’t taste overly cheesy, in fact it still tastes light! I use ranch dressing instead of eggs to keep the fish moist while adding a fun flavor to the coating. Before she passed, my aunt loved when I made this recipe…it appears daunting, but it’s so easy to make! Just create an assembly line and you’re good to go!
4 large tilapia filets
½ cup flour
1 cup ranch dressing
1 ½ cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take out three plates – on one plate put the flour with a pinch of salt and pepper (mix to combine). On the second plate put the ranch dressing. On the third plate put the parmesan cheese, parsley, and garlic powder (mix to combine).
Sprinkle the tilapia filets with salt and pepper.
Take one tilapia filet and dredge in the flour on both sides. Take this floured filet and then add to the second plate so both sides of the fish are coated with ranch dressing. Take the fish and move it to the parmesan plate – coat both sides with the parmesan mixture (this coating forms the crust). Transfer the fish to a baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Repeat for the other filets.
Bake the fish for around 8 minutes before switching it to the broiler. Broil the fish for 2-4 minutes, or until the cheese becomes golden. Remove from the oven. Serve and enjoy!