Crunchy Baked Tilapia with Sriracha and Peanut Sauce

Crunchy Baked Tilapia with Sriracha and Peanut Sauce

This Crunchy Baked Tilapia is a healthy and easy recipe!

I used to make this panko crusted tilapia years ago, but I would fry it in a skillet with oil.

It kind of took the healthiness out of eating fish for dinner with the frying process.

Plus if I made more than one batch I had to clean out the skillet in between because the bread crumbs would get burnt.

Based on my Baked Cornflake Crusted Chicken experience, I thought why not try baking panko crusted fish.

Well, it worked beautifully.

How to Make Crunchy Baked Tilapia with Sriracha and Peanut Sauce

Serve it plain, with your sauce of choice (my kids used ranch).

Or take my advice and go with the sweet and spicy combo of Sriracha and peanut sauce.

The breading process is a snap, dip in a beaten egg (I added some Sriracha as well), and panko bread crumbs seasoned with kosher salt and pepper.

Dip the fish into the egg, then into the panko and kind of press the breading into the fish.

Place on a baking rack over a baking sheet.

crunchy baked Tilapia before baking

If you don’t have a baking rack, just place directly onto the baking sheet.

The benefit of having the rack is that it allows all sides to have air circulating, so the bottom gets as crispy as the top.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

crunchy baked tilapia

My husband and I put Sriracha and a store bought peanut sauce on our crunchy baked tilapia.

But my kids used ranch (I worked all day, I made a healthy and yummy dinner, so I’m not going to feel bad for taking help from the store here).

Everyone loved Crunchy Baked Tilapia with Sriracha and Peanut Sauce…mom win!

crunchy baked Tilapia with Broccoli and Orzo

I served the crunchy baked tilapia with Orzo with Almonds

Almonds and Orzo

and Air Fryer Lemon Parmesan Broccoli

Air Fryer Lemon Parmesan Broccoli

Meal prep idea for leftover tilapia!

I did prep a few ready to go meals, with the leftovers (I always make more than I know we will eat to have leftovers for meal prep for lunches or nights when I don’t cook).

You could put some of the sauce on the side, but I was happy with the roasted lemon from the broccoli dish.

Tilapia Meal Prep

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Crunchy Baked Tilapia with Sriracha and Peanut Sauce

Panko breaded fish that is baked to crispy perfection

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked, best, Crispy, Easy, Panko, peanut, Recipe, Sauce, Seafood, tilapia
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 198 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 pieces tilapia
  • kosher salt, pepper
  • Sriracha and peanut sauce (store bought)


  1. Beat the egg in a bowl (add Sriracha if you like), set aside.

  2. In another bowl add you panko bread crumbs and season with a little kosher salt and pepper.

  3. Set your baking rack over a baking sheet.

  4. Place each piece of fish into the egg, then into the panko and press the crumbs into the fish, set on the baking rack (or just onto the baking sheet if you don’t have a rack) and repeat with the other pieces of fish.

  5. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and crunchy on the top.

  6. Drizzle with Sriracha and peanut sauce.

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