Baked Tilapia with Broccoli Cheese Rice

Broccoli Cheese Rice is my go to side dish when we are having fish for dinner.  Whether it’s tilapia or halibut this side dish is full of flavor without overwhelming the delicate fish.

Broccoli Cheese Rice with Baked Tilapia

Finding a side dish to go with fish isn’t always easy.  With tilapia, you don’t want an overwhelming or heavy side dish, and this broccoli and rice side is both flavorful and light.  The crushed toasted Ritz crackers give it a little crunch with a light buttery flavor.

Broccoli Cheese Rice with Baked Tilapia

Broccoli Cheese Rice with Baked Tilapia


  • 1 14oz. can chicken broth
  • 1/2 package frozen chopped brocoli
  • 2 cups instant white rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/5 Tablespoon butter
  • 10 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 2 Tablespoon grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Thawed tilapia fillets seasoned to taste. (I used lemon pepper seasoning)


  • In a medium saucepan, bring broccoli and broth to a boil. Stir in rice, cover, and remove from heat.
  • Let stand 5 minutes.
  • Stir in cheddar cheese. Cover.
  • Melt butter in small saucepan. Add crushed Ritz crackers and cook 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Sprinkle crackers and Parmesan cheese over rice/broccoli mixture and serve.
  • To bake the tilapia, place thawed tilapia filets in a baking dish, bake in a 425 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

It’s funny, now that I have been writing up meal plans and recipes here, Zoe has started giving reviews of the food.  So, I am going to let her give her review of the meal.  Last night, as she was eating she said “This fish is good, but I really like this weird side dish.”    I think she can jazz it up a bit.

Broccoli Cheese Rice with Baked Tilapia according to Zoe.

“Last night Becky Home-ecky made tilapia and broccoli cheese rice.  It was, in my opinion, good, especially the side dish.  I would recommend she make it again.  But I love broccoli. I would recommend it to kids because the rice, cheese and crackers make the broccoli taste amazing!  On a scale of 1 to 10, the tilapia gets a 7.5 and the broccoli cheese rice side dish gets a 9.”

(We will maybe work on her reviewing skills)

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While control is an illusion, organization helps to manage the chaos of our lives. Becky was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. She has found that when her life and home are organized her bipolar mind is less manic. She shares her attempts at managing the chaos of living with her fiance and tweenage step-daughter, while trying to be a good parent to her mostly grown children who live 2 hours away.

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