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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 Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 11 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 1 lb 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
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper, or to taste
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste

Flour Mixture-


  • Cut fillets in half lengthwise.
  • In separate bowls, combine the ingredients for the milk mixture and the flour mixture.
  • Dredge the fish fillets into the milk mixture then into the flour mixture. Repeat with all of the fillets.
  • In a large skillet, add oil enough to cover the bottom of the skillet. Once the oil is hot, fry the dredged fillets until golden. Fry all the fillets and set aside.
  • Finely chop the onions, grate the carrots, and cube the peppers.
    Saute the onions with 2 Tbsp oil in a skillet until tender. Add the carrots and peppers with 2 more Tbsp oil and cook until vegetables are cooked.
  • Add the minced garlic and saute until fragrant. Combine and add the ingredients for the sauce into the skillet. Mix and bring the sauce to a simmer and add the chopped greens.
  • In a 9"x13" baking dish, cover bottom with a thin layer of the vegetable mixture and add the fillets by laying them evenly as one layer in the baking sheet.
  • Top the fillets with the remaining vegetable mixture and top with shredded cheese.
    Cover the 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. 
  • Enjoy!