Tilapia With Onion Crust

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

Tilapia fillets breaded with a crumb mixture of carmelized onions and fresh herbs. The onions add a sweet flavor to the crust.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 34 lb tilapia fillet
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons herbs, chopped fine
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • olive oil (for frying)


  1. NOTE: Use any fresh herb such as basil, sage, rosemary or a combination.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy pan, add the onion and fry until caramelized (brown).
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the bread crumbs and herbs.
  4. Add the caramelized onions to the crumb mixture and combine well.
  5. Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper.
  6. Dip fish into the beaten egg, then into the crumb mixture and pat lightly to help crumbs adhere to fillet. I usually refrigerate the breaded fish for 15 minutes or so, but this is just my preference.
  7. Pan fry in olive oil til crust is golden and fish is of desired doneness, about 5 minute per side.
  8. Serve with your favorite side dish. I like mine with plain steamed basmati rice and cold sliced cucumbers.
Most Helpful

Instead of frying the onions I used ready fried onion flakes mixed with Panko crumbs. I didn't dip them in egg just pressed the crumbs into the fish. The fish I chose was Capensis, similar in flavor to Tilapia. It may sound like I made a lot of changes but the recipe really was bascically the same and immensly enjoiyed.

Bergy June 09, 2008

I whipped this up one evening when I was looking for a little something new to do with Tilapia. Wonderful flavor. The carmelized onion really adds a nice flavor to this dish. DH who doesn't care for fish even ate a good helping of it. Will be makinig this again in our house. Thanks for posting.

Jen Andrews March 05, 2006

We had this tonight. I used fresh parsley but didnt have any other fresh herbs so used italian bread crumbs. Had a little trouble making the crumbs stick to the fillets but DH said wonderful taste.

MissPenny July 26, 2005