Crunchy, Buttery, Ten-Minute Tilapia

Fast and so easy to make in the microwave. Tilapia is a mild white fresh water fish that lends itself to lots of flavor profiles. The thin fillets usually are packed individually and thaw out quickly under cold tap water!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4 or 5 fillets tilapia thawed
  • 1-2 tsp lemon pepper or to taste
  • 1 small lemon squeezed juice
  • 1/2-3/4 sleeve saltine crackers, coarsely crushed
  • 4-6 Tbsp butter, cut in small pieces
  • 2 tsp dried parsely largely for color


  1. I make these in a greased glass pie dish, works great in the microwave. Arrange fillets in single layer. Sprinkle liberally with lemon pepper. Squeeze juice from a medium lemon evenly over fish. In a pinch, use bottled lemon juice, about a tablespoon or a little more. 

    Smoosh a part sleeve of saltines right in the wrapper with your hands- leave fairly coarse. Put layer of crumbs on the fillets and dot with butter, sprinkle with parsley. 

    Cover lightly with a napkin or wax paper so butter doesn't splatter all over! (I warned you!) Cook 3 minutes on high. Take out and redistribute butter a little so most of all the crumbs get some, then return to microwave for another 2-3 minutes. Don't over cook! Fish should flake easily with fork and will cook a little more as it sits.