Tilapia With Buttery Crumb Topping


  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (soft fresh)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil (dried leaf)



  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Butter a large, shallow baking dish.
  3. Arrange the tilapia fillets on the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine the butter with remaining seasonings and toss with the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs over the tilapia fillets.
  4. Bake the fish fillets for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fish is cooked through. To brown the topping, broil for about 1 minute, or until the crumbs are lightly browned.
  5. The fish will flake easily with a fork when done. The minimum safe temperature for fish is 145 F.
  6. Using a spatula, carefully transfer the tilapia fillets to plates or a serving platter.

Source:  The Spruce Eats