Creamy Vegetable Tilapia Recipe

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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5 from 3 votes

Creamy Vegetable Tilapia Recipe

Fried tilapia fillets under a bed of creamy vegetables and herbs, baked and topped with cheese. This seafood casserole is perfect!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 11 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tilapia Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner

Ingredients

  • 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

Sauce-

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

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-

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, optional

Instructions

  • 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. 

Notes

Tilapia should cover 9x13 pan in one layer.

NOTE: This is an updated old post. 🙂

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Show 18 Comments
  • admin 04/10/2017, 11:37 am Link

    Hi Jessica,
    Hhhh. This is a really old recipe and what I have written down but it does seem like a lot. Just use half of the ingredients for the flour mixture. Next time I I make it, I will have to write down the measurements. Thanks for pointing that out. Appreciated. 🙂

  • Nataliya 03/19/2017, 1:37 am Link

    Made this yesterday and it was a hit, kids and hubby loved it! Always a good thing 🙂 definitely a keeper! I’m not a fan of cilantro so I didn’t add any but still happy with the results! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    • admin 03/23/2017, 1:52 am Link

      Nataliya,
      That’s so awesome to hear, I am so glad your family enjoyed this. Though I think we are extremely overdue to update the pictures on this old recipe. 🙂 So glad the pictures didn’t throw you off:).

  • Tanya 06/30/2016, 12:05 am Link

    Made this today. It was delish! Will be making it again. Thank for this recipe!

    • admin 06/30/2016, 6:27 pm Link

      Thank you Tanyush for trying our recipe, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It’s definitely a favorite of mine as well. Prop one of top 5 recipes I love☺..

  • Inna 04/27/2016, 3:51 pm Link

    This recipe deserves 5 stars!! Made it twice already and my family loved it! Thank you Valya for such a delicious recipe! You’re awesome! 🙂

    • admin 04/27/2016, 6:00 pm Link

      Thank you Innochka for the lovely feedback.. I must admit, I LOVE this recipe too (minus the outdated pictures?). Especially the aroma when adding the herbs into the veggies, Mmmm. Got me craving some now.. Blessings to you and your family!..?

  • Inna 02/09/2016, 2:27 pm Link

    What do you normally serve this dish with?

    • admin 02/09/2016, 5:07 pm Link

      Inna,
      Mashed potatoes are the best. You can really serve it with any side, egg noodles or rice too. We like mashed potatoes the most though. Can’t wait for you to try this. You’re in for a treat!! 🙂

  • Masha 05/13/2015, 12:09 pm Link

    Made this the other day. We enjoyed it! Thank you!

    • admin 05/13/2015, 10:37 pm Link

      That’s wonderful, I just love how my kitchen smells when I am making the veggies and herbs for this.. Mmmmm:) 🙂 Thanks for the feedback:)

  • admin 08/31/2014, 9:55 am Link

    Mia,
    Oh you must try:)… We have this ALL the time. It’s one of my favorite recipe’s on my Blog:)…

    • Mia S 09/03/2014, 7:07 pm Link

      Can’t wait. Still have to get tilapia fillets though. It’s definitely going in my “to cook” list.

  • mariya K 05/16/2014, 10:15 pm Link

    Have you tried making this fish and then baking it later? Or is it better to just reheat it? I’m having people over and really want to try this fish but I will not have time to do it all on same day…. what do you think? By the way already made lots of 5 things from this site and love it all. Thank you for taking time to share!!!! 🙂

    • admin 05/16/2014, 10:42 pm Link

      Mariya,
      Oh totally do everything the day before and bake it right before serving the following day:]… You will love this dish, it’s one of my favorite dishes to make for guests..
      Thanks for your feedback. Love hearing those:0).. Have a lovely party..

  • admin 12/03/2013, 9:22 am Link

    Vera,
    I have heard that too. I think that implies more to like drinking milk and cilotka together..:) That sounds gross, though I have friends that do that. Been making this for years and never had a stomach issue:)..

  • Vera S 11/07/2013, 5:41 pm Link

    Made this fish twice already. It’s so delicious.

    • admin 11/12/2013, 11:38 am Link

      Vera,
      I will take that as a compliment..:) We love it too.. Glad you enjoyed it..