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Broiled Tilapia with Parmesan Cheese and Celery Seeds Recipe

Parmesan is the French word for the Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, a hard, fat granular cheese that is cooked but never pressed. Within the European Union, the name Parmesan is classified as a protected designation of origin. In other parts of the world, the word parmesan is commonly used not only for true parmesan but for various cheeses that are more or less similar to true Parmesan but does not adhere to the Parmigiano-Reggiano regulations of Northern Italy.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup when grated)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets


  1. Place the butter in room temperature to make it softer.
  2. Preheat the broiler of the oven.
  3. Line a broiling pan with aluminium foil.
  4. Grate the parmesan cheese.
  5. Mix the soft butter with the grated parmesan and stir in mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery seeds, basil, pepper and onion powder. Add salt to taste, if you want to.
  6. Place the tilapia fillets in a single layer on the aluminium foil.
  7. Place the broiling pan with the fish in the oven and broil a few inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Turn the fillets and broil for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Take the broiling pan out of the oven and cover the fillets with the parmesan mixture.
  10. Insert into the oven once more and broil until the topping is browned and the fillets can be easily flaked with a fork. (This will normally take no longer than 2 minutes.)