6-Ingredient Tortilla Crusted Tilapia

healthy tortilla crusted tilapia on a plate with quinoa, black beans, and avocado.

A quick and easy, 6-ingredient recipe for crispy baked tortilla crusted tilapia is a healthy, delicious, and economical weeknight meal. (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free)


  • 4 tilapia filets (or other white fish, such as cod)
  • 1 lime
  • 3/4 cup tortilla chip crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • oil spray (I like Chosen Foods)
  • for optional topping: salsa, cilantro, avocado, lime juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment. In a small food processor or with a rolling pin, crush tortilla chips into very small crumbs. Pour into a shallow dish and mix with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and cumin.
  2. Rinse tilapia filets and pat dry. Squeeze lime juice onto each filet and gently press into tortilla crumb mixture to coat both sides.
  3. Place fish on the baking sheet and spray lightly with oil. Bake fish for 15-25 minutes (depending on thickness) or until flesh is opaque and the outside is golden.
  4. Top with salsa, avocado, fresh cilantro, or lime juice to serve.


  • Cooking time on the fish will vary based on the thickness. Fish is done when it is opaque and flakes easily, or when the internal temperature reaches 145°F.
  • For even easier prep, you can use pre-seasoned tortilla chips and omit the spices!
  • If you like, serve tortilla crusted tilapia in tacos, on top of bowls, or on a salad.

Keywords: tortilla crusted tilapia, easy tortilla crusted fish, baked tortilla tilapia