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Looking for some romantic dinner ideas for your next date night in? Or maybe you need to make a Valentine’s dinner that is guaranteed to impress. Look no further. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most perfect romantic dinner recipes for two.
Most of these are ready-to-make, with recipes built specifically for two people. Others might take a bit of tweaking, but they are delicious romantic dinners and are 100% worth it. Cooking for two is an excellent date night idea.
From lobster to linguine (or perhaps a combination of the two), check out this round-up of romantic recipes for two from some of the Internet’s best chefs.
Date Night Oven Baked Garlic Butter Prawn Risotto
Just the title alone lets you know that this dish is great for Valentine’s Day dinner. But not only is it a romantic and fancy meal, this oven-baked dish is actually super easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes.
Broiled Lobster Tail
Lobster is typically reserved for special occasions, so Valentine’s Day (or an anniversary dinner, birthday dinner, etc) is perfect.
This recipe for broiled lobster tail makes preparing such an elegant meal a no-brainer. Pair your lobster with steak if you’re feeling adventurous, for a bit of surf n’ turf.
Steak with Whisky Sauce
If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, this recipe is probably the key itself.
Not only will you be serving a steak grilled to perfection, the rich, creamy whisky sauce with its notes of rosemary just might be the best part.
Mushroom Parmesan Fettuccine
Not ready to tackle a lobster tail? Perhaps pasta is a good choice. Here’s a meal that’s both simple and delicious.
This mushroom parmesan fettuccine is a great option if serving a vegetarian, or if you’re after a no-frills meal that still says “romance.”
Click here for the recipe from Canadian Cooking Adventures.
In a rush? This elegant shrimp dish can be ready in under 5 minutes. We Two Drifters plan to try preparing this recipe soon.
Roasted Lamb Chops
A delicious combination of mustard and herbs de Provence make these lamb chops absolutely awesome.
Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Puree and Brown Butter
Chicken is a classic when it comes to Valentine’s Dinner recipes. This chicken breast is yummy and fairly simple and straightforward, but still has extra special touches to make it a fancy meal for two.
Pork Chops with Jerusalem Artichoke Puree
This is a gorgeous dish that marries sweet and sour flavors. Not only is the Jerusalem Artichoke (sunchoke) puree a unique element, there’s also a Cider Blackberry sauce to top the pork chops.
Surf and Turf Cheese Fondue
Fondue feels incredibly fancy, doesn’t it? If you have the right tools (fondue pot anyone?) it isn’t that difficult to make. Perhaps best of all, you can dip a wide variety of meats and vegetables into the delicious melted cheese.
Valentine’s may be a perfect excuse to splurge, but for those watching their carbs, here’s a low carb recipe for two.
Asparagus tagliatelle is made from white asparagus which substitutes for the traditional pasta. This is a unique dish that will nevertheless surprise you with its flavor.
Slow Cooker Duck Leg Confit
No need to make reservations at a crowded restaurant for Valentine’s Day. With this recipe, you can have fine-dining at home, plus make it easier with the help of your slow-cooker.
Oysters with Champagne Strawberry Mignonette
Champagne? Oysters? Strawberries? The perfect trifecta of Valentine’s food.
This recipe takes a classic way to enjoy oysters (using a traditional mignonette sauce of minced shallots, cracked pepper and vinegar) and kicks it up a notch.
Want to add a little “spice” to your Valentine’s Day? This chicken diavolo (devil’s chicken) is herby and flavorful.
Salad and Charcuterie Board Dinner for Two
Don’t want to turn on an oven or boil water this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a fine meal option that requires absolutely no cooking, and minimal prep.
Chicken Cacciatore Recipe for Two
This dish is romance meets comfort food. The recipe is geared for two people, so you don’t need to worry about making too much.
Lemon Fettuccine with Garlic Shrimps
Lemon and seafood go together like…peanut butter & jelly. Here’s a beautiful dish featuring the classic combination.
Easy Lobster Bisque
A fancy dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s a Valentine’s Day dinner idea that is pretty simple to prepare, but will still be impressive.
Harissa Pasta with Oranges
Hello vegans! Here’s a terrific recipe for you. African-inspired and very easy to make, this Harissa pasta brings with it the delightful surprise of oranges.
Braised Lamb Shanks
Attention meat lovers. These braised lamb shanks are calling your name.
This is a slightly lengthier cooking process than some of the other Valentine’s day dinner ideas on this list, but according to the recipe, the result is meat that is “fall-off-the-bone tender.”
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Even fried food can be fancy! These fried artichoke hearts provide the ideal appetizer to start of your romantic evening for two. And they can be paired with a variety of dips.
Baked Swordfish and Asparagus
Fish is great on nearly every occasion.
This baked swordfish is paired with vegetables, lentils, and chermoula, a North African sauce for fish. Vibrant flavors and a healthy meal make this a great Valentine’s Dinner for couples.
Paleo Instant Pot Short Ribs
Those following a Paleo-style diet will dig this recipe. It uses the ever-awesome Instant Pot to put together a sensational meal.
This recipe uses tart cherry juice for the braising, or you can substitute red wine. Place the short ribs on top of mashed sweet potatoes, and you’ve definitely got yourself a winning dish.
Comforting, filling, delicious, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free. That sums up this fabulous ratatouille recipe that will be excellent on a cold February night.
Duck Breast with Broccoli Puree and Honey Roast Parsnips
Here’s another dish that wins on presentation. Duck is always a good, elegant choice for a romantic dinner, and you won’t need huge portions, either. Why not give this recipe a try?
Lobster Linguine in Blushing Saffron Sauce
Here’s another pasta option that transforms lobster to the next level. As Rachel says in her recipe, “Nothing says romance like fresh lobster and pasta in a creamy blush sauce.”
Sirloin Steaks with Creamy Onion Sauce
There are so many ways to prepare steak. This possibility uses a creamy onion sauce that is apparently oh-so-drool-worthy. Best of all, the meal can be ready in 20 minutes or less.
Artichoke Pesto Pasta
In search of a vegan or vegetarian Valentine’s Day dinner recipe? Look no further than this vegan artichoke pesto pasta.
Pesto is already fantastic, but when combined with the ingredients in this recipe, it’s next level delish.
Here’s a gluten-free Valentine’s dinner option: Pepper-Honey Steak.
I don’t usually think of honey as pairing with steak, but I imagine its sweetness perfectly cuts the robust steak flavor. Throw together a few veggie side dishes and you’ve got a beautifully balanced meal for two.
Beetroot Hummus with Pita Chips
While this isn’t strictly a romantic dinner recipe, it’s an epic choice for a romantic appetizer. And the bright pink color of beetroot is absolutely Valentine’s Day-ready.
Cast Iron Ribeye with Mushrooms
Okay, this one looks deeeeelicious. I think we might be trying this one out next Valentine’s Day, because Nathan loves steak and this looks pretty simple to make, even for someone who is a steak novice.
With buttery, garlicky mushrooms, there’s no doubt this ribeye packs some serious flavor.
Lobster Ravioli with Lemon Butter Limoncello Cream Sauce
Ravioli is so yummy, but it doesn’t have to involve a lengthy process involving traditional pasta. In this recipe, there’s a shortcut that will help you make incredible lobster ravioli in a snap. The butter limoncello cream sauce is (literally) the icing on the cake.
The blogger calls this the “perfect date night recipe.” Not only is it quick to make, but it is also gluten-free, super satisfying, and slightly different than the average butter and herb recipes for steak.
Grilled Lamb Chops with Bleu Cheese Herb Butter
Looking to impress someone? This dish will do it. It has a beautiful presentation and is a great recipe. Especially recommend it if you’re a fan of bleu cheese.
Do you love seafood? Pair your favorite items from the sea with a rich and creamy risotto and you just might have the perfect romantic dinner for two.
Beef Bourguignon for Two
Mmm, mmm. This is the ideal hearty dish for a cold night in together. Snowed in this Valentine’s Day? Problem solved.
Cooking Essentials for Your Perfect Date Night Dinner
It’s time to get cookin’! With all these great recipes at your fingertips, you have no excuse not to prepare something amazing for your next Valentine’s Day meal or another dinner date.
To ensure you’re prepped and ready, you’ll want to have reliable pots, pans, and other tools on hand. Many of these recipes call for a solid baking dish. A foolproof garlic press would be helpful in many of these recipes as would a food processor. I swear by my immersion blender that makes creating soups and purees a breeze.
Is lobster part of your Valentine’s Day menu? Don’t forget the lobster crackers and forks.
If you’re getting more into culinary adventures, consider items like the super popular instant pot, or a homemade pasta maker. And of course, don’t forget the essentials: a corkscrew, wine glasses, and a beautiful set of dishes for two. Bon appetit!
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Amy Hartle is the co-founder and owner of Two Drifters, where she blogs about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. With a Master’s in English and a BA in Musical Theatre, Amy loves to write quality content as well as to entertain, and she hopes to do a bit of both here on the blog! Amy is happily married to her husband Nathan, and when not working on their sites, Amy & Nathan can be found cuddling, reading, and enjoying delicious lattes.