Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

OK, here it is! My FIRST recipe post to the site, This recipe was given to me by my mom, I have NO idea where she got it, but it is just awesome, simple to make, and it is the ONLY fish my picky, picky 11 year old daughter will eat, she loves it! She actually BEGS me to make it. Update: After reading the reviews, I just want to emphasize the importance of using Panko breadcrumbs in this recipe. It makes a HUGE difference! I also have never baked this fish, so cannot predict the results. For those who have commented that the breading isn't sticking well, I have found that this happens to me as well, when I have used too much of the mustard/mayo combo. A thin coating is best! I hope you all enjoy this recipe, and thanks for taking the time to review it!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 tablespoons hellman's Dijonnaise mustard (or 2 Tbsp each of Mayo and Dijon mustard)
  • 34 cup panko breadcrumbs (japanese bread crumbs found in ethnic section of most grocery stores)
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh parsley (or parsley flakes if lazy like me most nights! works fine)
  • 4 (6 -8 ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over med. heat.
  2. Combine mayo and mustard in small dish ( if not using Dijonnaise).
  3. Combine next 4 ingred. on a plate and mix well.
  4. Brush thin coating of mustard mayo combo on to both sides of each fish fillet. (about 1 Tbsp for each fillet).
  5. Press each coated fillet into Panko crumb mixture, (both sides) coating well. Press more crumbs into any bare areas.
  6. Saute fillets in hot oil until lightly browned, (about 3 to 4 min) Turn and saute other side until lightly browned and fish is opaque ( about 4 to 5 min).
  7. Serve with lemon wedges.


Most Helpful

This was super simple and just plain good. I'm not a fan of tilapia normally and wanted something to dress it up. This mustard/mayo coating did the trick. And my toddlers had seconds! I used breadcrumbs and dried parsley. I threw in some dried dill, too. The pan-frying seemed like too much trouble, so I baked mine in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes on a foil-lined pan. They came out perfect with no pan to wash! We'll have this again.

PamTB April 11, 2007

I baked mine in the oven at 400. Added italian seasoning, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and lemon pepper. It didn't get brown enough for me so next time I may try to fry it. Good taste.

nemokitty May 18, 2010

This has it all really - easy, fast, crispy, moist and pretty healthy, too! My whole family enjoyed this fish. Thanks so much for posting. We'll be making this often!

LifeIsGood February 12, 2010

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