Grilled Creamy Parmesan Tilapia: This dish is a symphony of textures and tastes. Tender tilapia fillets get a beautiful sear on the grill, while a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce infused with garlic and lemon juice adds a touch of decadence. It’s a perfect harmony between healthy and flavorful, making it a great weeknight dinner option.

Grilled Creamy Parmesan Tilapia

Imagine flaky, perfectly grilled fish bathed in a rich, cheesy sauce with a hint of citrus. Every bite is a delightful balance, sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Why You’ll Love This Grilled Creamy Parmesan Tilapia

  • Fast & Flavorful: Short on time but big on taste? This recipe comes together quickly, making it perfect for busy weeknight dinners. You’ll have a satisfying and delicious meal on the table in under 30 minutes!
  • Better For You Indulgence: Enjoy the best of both worlds: flaky, lean tilapia is a great source of protein, while the creamy Parmesan sauce adds a touch of luxurious flavor without being overly heavy.
  • Grilled to Perfection: The grilling process infuses the tilapia with a smoky flavor and beautiful sear, creating a delightful textural contrast with the creamy sauce.
  • Creamy Parmesan Bliss: The Parmesan cheese sauce is the star of the show. Rich, creamy, with a hint of garlic and tangy lemon juice, it elevates the tilapia and adds a burst of flavor in every bite.
  • Easy Customization: This recipe is a great base to build on. Feel free to experiment with different herbs in the sauce, or add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a touch of heat.
Grilled Creamy Parmesan Tilapia

How to Store Leftover Grilled Creamy Parmesan Tilapia

Here are some tips for storing leftover grilled creamy parmesan tilapia to maintain its flavor and texture:

Separate is Key:

  • Sauce and Fish Apart: The key to storing leftover creamy Parmesan tilapia is to separate the cooked fish from the sauce. The sauce can become watery as the fish sits, affecting the texture of the tilapia.
  • Two Containers: Store the leftover fish in one airtight container and the leftover sauce in another.

Cooling Completely is Crucial:

  • Let it Breathe: Before storing, make sure both the fish and the sauce cool completely to room temperature. This prevents bacterial growth and helps maintain the texture.

Airtight Containers are Essential:

  • Lock in Freshness: Once cool, transfer the leftover fish and sauce to separate airtight containers. This minimizes air exposure, which can dry out the fish or alter the flavor of the sauce.

Chilling Out is Your Friend:

  • Refrigerate Promptly: Leftovers should be refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking. The cold temperature slows down bacterial growth and keeps your food safe for consumption.

Short-Term Storage is Best:

  • Enjoy Within 2-3 Days: While properly stored leftovers can technically be safe for up to 3-4 days, the creamy sauce and cooked fish are best enjoyed within 2-3 days for optimal flavor and texture.

Reheating Gently:

  • Low and Slow: When reheating, do so gently over low heat on the stovetop or in the microwave. This helps prevent the fish from drying out and the sauce from separating.
  • Reheat Sauce Separately: Reheat the sauce separately and then add it back to the warmed fish to avoid overcooking the tilapia.

Freezing Not Recommended:

  • Texture Trouble: The creamy sauce and cooked fish don’t freeze well. The texture of the fish can become rubbery and the sauce can separate upon thawing. It’s best to enjoy this dish fresh or within a few days of cooking.

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Making the Recipe

Grilled Creamy Parmesan Tilapia

Grilled Creamy Parmesan Tilapia

Nicole Cook
If you're looking for a quick and easy meal, this Creamy Grilled Tilapia with Parmesan is perfect! Easy and comes together fast, but is full of GREAT flavor and more filling than you think!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 419 kcal


  • 4 tilapia fillets 6-8 ounces each, cleaned well
  • ¾ cups Parmesan grated
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 ⅓ cups light mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl, blend the Parmesan, garlic, mayo and lemon juice.
  • Dip the fish into the Parmesan mixture and coat both sides evenly.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Grill coated fish for 4 minutes on each side over high heat until the creamy mixture turns a golden brown.
  • If you decide to oven cook – 400 for 10-12 minutes on cookie sheet (flip halfway).
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!


Calories: 419kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 41gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1007mgPotassium: 572mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 246mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy seafood recipes
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