Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia

I had seen this recipe on the America’s Test Kitchen weekly show. It looked delicious and I tried it right away. What I like best about ATK is how they break down the cooking and the do’s and dont’s. The chicken came out perfectly. I have since done this recipe with pork chops as well and gotten great results. This time I wanted to use Tilapia. After some hesitation, I tried it and it cooked up perfectly! This recipe is WONDERFUL! Just remember to follow the recipe exactly or the cheese can burn easily and become bitter tasting!



Serves 4

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (8 ounces each), tenderloins –removed, breasts trimmed of excess fat and halved horizontally—-I USED TILAPIA
Table salt and ground black pepper 
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon
1/2 ounce grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup), see note above
3 large egg whites 
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives (optional)
6 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese (about 2 cups) see note above
4 teaspoons olive oil 
1 lemon , cut into wedges —The juice from the lemon on top brings out the flavor!

See Illustrations Below( I didnt include them as they are from the ATK website): Two Ways to Cut the Parmesan-See website for help. It makes all the difference!

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. Place chicken between sheets of plastic wrap and pound to even 1/4-inch thickness. Pat dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper.

2. Set wire rack on rimmed baking sheet. Whisk together 1/4 cup flour and grated Parmesan cheese in pie plate. In medium bowl, whisk egg whites and chives (if using) together until slightly foamy. In second pie plate, combine 2 cups shredded Parmesan and remaining tablespoon flour.

3. Using tongs and working with 1 cutlet at a time, coat chicken in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Transfer chicken to egg-white mixture; coat evenly and let excess run off. Coat chicken with shredded Parmesan mixture, pressing gently so that cheese adheres. Place on wire rack.

4. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Place 2 cutlets in skillet and reduce heat to medium. Cook until cheese is pale golden brown, about 3 minutes. While chicken is cooking, use thin nonstick spatula to gently separate any cheesy edges that have melted together. Carefully flip cutlets and continue to cook until cheese is pale golden brown on second side and meat is no longer pink in center, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Wipe out skillet with paper towel and return to medium heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil and cook remaining 2 cutlets. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.




One Comment on “Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia”

  1. kayte says:

    yum!! i will have to try this the next time i make tilapia.

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