This Creamy Vegetable Tilapia Recipe is such a crowd pleaser! Tender tilapia fillets under a bed of creamy vegetables and herbs, topped with cheese and baked! The flavors come together and create a delicious seafood casserole.

This tilapia recipe is going to beat any recipe you’ve ever tried, true story!

Creamy vegetable tilapia recipe in a casserole dish topped with cheese, and fresh dill.

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Tilapia fish-

Cooking tilapia itself may taste bland at times. However, in this recipe, the battered and fried tilapia fish itself is so crispy on the outside yet flaky and tender on the inside. The onion, carrots and peppers are sautéed until tender. Then the vegetables are then combined with a cream and ketchup mixture, added with fresh dill and cilantro to give the creamy mixture a taste that’s indescribable. Lastly the vegetable mixture is spread over the tilapia in a casserole dish, topped with shredded cheese and baked.

This is the perfect dish to make for a party or get together. Everyone will rave and ask for the recipe!

Baked tilapia and vegetables in a casserole dish with a spoon.

What is Tilapia Fish?

Tilapia fish is a common name for the many different species of the cichlid tribe fish. It mainly inhabits lakes, rivers and shallow streams. It is an inexpensive fish to purchase and catch as it can be caught in artisanal fishing.

How to Cook Tilapia-

Though tilapia can be cooked quickly in a skillet, it may also be baked in the oven. This oven baked tilapia casserole is going to become a seafood casserole favorite!

How to prepare the creamy vegetable spread for this creamy vegetable tilapia recipe.

How to cook tilapia recipe. Made into a casserole with a creamy vegetable spread.

Can the herbs be substituted?

Though I use a combination of fresh dill and cilantro in this tilapia casserole, you can use your favorite herbs. A combination of dill and parsley will work, or even parsley and cilantro. Herbs are an important part of this recipe so don’t skimp on them!

How to bake tilapia with a creamy vegetable spread and topped with mozzarella cheese.


Can the Tilapia with Vegetables be made in advance?

Yes! This is the perfect dish to prepare in advance, even the day before. Then llow the fried fish and sautéed creamy vegetables to cool completely before assembling adding all of the ingredients to the casserole dish.

Prepare recipe as indicated and refrigerate covered before baking. The dish may need an extra 5 minutes of baking time since it will be cold.

Creamy vegetable tilapia recipe in a casserole dish with a spoon.

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Tools used to make this Tilapia Recipe: gratercasserole dishskillet.

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Creamy Vegetable Tilapia Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Fried tilapia fillets under a bed of creamy vegetables and herbs, baked and topped with cheese. This seafood casserole is perfect!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 11 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 pound tilapia fish filets, halved (4 large fillets)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 large red pepper, finely cubed
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp canola oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


Milk Mixture-

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Flour Mixture-


  • Cut fillets in half lengthwise.
  • In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for the milk mixture. 
  • In a separate bowl, combine ingredients for the flour mixture. 
  • Dip each fillet into the milk mixture and then generously coat in the flour mixture. 
  • Add enough oil to the bottom of a large skillet to cover skillet. Once the oil is hot, add the fillets. Fry until golden. Repeat with remaining filets. Set aside.
  • Finely chop onion. 
    In a large skillet, on med/high heat, add 2 Tbsp olive oil and chopped onions. 
  • Grate the carrots. Cube peppers. Add to onions. (Add more oil if the skillet is dry) Saute about 5 minutes. Once vegetables are tender, add minced garlic. 
  • Combine the ingredients for the sauce. 
    Add to the vegetables and bring to a simmer. Add chopped cilantro and dill.
  • In a 9"x13" baking dish, cover bottom with a thin layer of the vegetable mixture.
  • Add the tilapia into casserole dish.
  • Completely cover the tilapia with the remaining vegetable mixture.
  • Sprinkle with cheese. (If you are not a fan of cheese, omit completely). 
    Cover dish with foil.
  • Bake in preheated oven to 375°F for about 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown and bubble. 


Tilapia should cover 9x13 pan in one layer.


Calories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 18gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 765mgPotassium: 405mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3705IUVitamin C: 23.8mgCalcium: 117mgIron: 1.5mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

NOTE: This is an updated old post. 🙂

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