Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you need some dinner suggestions, we’re here to help. Nothing says “I love you” like a home-cooked meal, so we have nine romantic dinner ideas to give you some inspiration, and it doesn’t matter how big or small your budget is. (Cooking not your thing? We have an idea for you, too!)
So break out your best china, pick out your favorite bottle of wine, and wow your honey with one of these delicious meals.
1. Ribeye Steak And Shrimp With Parmesan Sauce
The perfect surf-and-turf dinner to make at home, this recipe from Zona Cooks features ribeye steaks seasoned with salt and pepper and shrimp that you can throw on the grill or into a frying pan. Plus, there is a delicious cheese sauce that you can pour over the meat and veggies.
If you and your significant other make this dinner together, it will be ready in about 30 minutes. Then you can spend the rest of the evening enjoying this delicious dish before moving on to dessert (wink, wink).
2. Grilled Lamb Chops
This romantic recipe from Seduction Meals has a beautiful presentation and delicious flavor, and it will go perfectly with a bottle of red wine. There are many ingredients to buy, but once you’ve hit the grocery store or received your delivery, you can easily put this meal together with no fuss.
3. Coq Au Vin
The French know how to bring the romance. And this recipe from Dessert For Two is the perfect example of Parisian love, because it turns boneless, skinless chicken breasts into a spectacular meal for Valentine’s Day. This dish is much easier to make than you might think — just be sure you have an hour for everything to simmer. You can serve the dish with mashed potatoes, or you can opt for buttered noodles or toasted baguette slices.
4. Cocoa-Rubbed Filet Mignon With Twice-Baked Potatoes
There are a lot of great dinner ideas for two at Dessert For Two, so we had to give the site two spots on our list. This recipe for cocoa-rubbed filet mignon with twice-baked potatoes is amazing because it adds chocolate to your dinner. Plus, a dinner date that features steak with a side of non-judgment carbs is a guaranteed winner. Seriously, it doesn’t get any better.
5. Shrimp Pad Thai
If you want to change things up and skip the steak and chicken, get creative with this shrimp pad Thai recipe from Epicurious. You won’t need a wok to make this Asian street-food classic. Instead, you’ll need a 12-inch heavy skillet to create the most authentic pad Thai dish that you can with supermarket ingredients.
6. Crab Legs And Garlic Butter
This recipe from Savoring Today will let your significant other know just how much you care. Making crab legs at home is incredibly easy, and it’s a lot less expensive than ordering them at a restaurant.
If you live in a place where you can get crab fresh off the boat, definitely take advantage of that. But if you have to settle for the frozen variety, the crab will still taste amazing. Just look for crab legs that are bright in color and free of ice crystals or freezer burn.
You could grill, steam, or boil your crab legs, but the best method is cooking them in the oven. You’ll also need to have some seafood shears on hand.
7. Clams And Cherry Tomatoes With Angel Hair Pasta
Pasta dishes are perfect for date night. We think that the famous scene from Lady And The Tramp must have inspired this pasta recipe for two from The Healthy Foodie. You can make this meal in just 10 minutes, and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry.
To make this simple dish the ultimate romantic dinner, serve it on one large plate with two forks.
8. Cheese Fondue For Two
Create an intimate, relaxing, and decadent evening at home with this cheese fondue recipe from La Crema. Dip bread, meats, and veggies into a delicious, melty mix of quality Gruyère, baby Swiss, and Brie. Add a bottle of chardonnay, and you will have the ultimate romantic dinner.
9. Hire A Personal Chef
Instead of preparing a meal yourself or waiting in line at a busy restaurant, why not hire a personal chef to make you and your significant other an unforgettable dinner? When you share a meal made my by a professional chef in the intimacy of your home, it will make your date even more special. And you can customize the menu so that you can enjoy all of your favorite food.
Your chef will shop for the groceries needed on the day of service, and then they will prepare the meal in your kitchen before serving it. Your personal chef will also take care of all of the cleanup.
Flowers and chocolate are always a good idea. But you can really impress the love of your life with an amazing dinner. One of these romantic recipes for two will be perfect for your Valentine’s Day date.