Romantic Dinner Recipes for Two

Scallop and Asparagus Alfredo with white wine
Whip up a homemade romantic meal for Valentine's Day with our handpicked recipes for two. This year, skip the busy restaurant and stay home—these delicious dinner ideas are perfect for enjoying with your sweetheart. 

Seared Steak and Peppers with Cilantro Chimichurri

Impress your loved ones on February 14 with a seared steak, pepper, and onion medley topped with a cilantro chimichurri. The zesty chimichurri sauce can also be used on chicken or fish tacos.

Seared Salmon with Pistachio Gremolata

Serve up a quick and easy salmon dish they'll love. Seared salmon gets a restaurant-worthy upgrade when topped with a fresh pistachio gremolata. We think this dish is best served with crispy roasted potatoes. 

Pozole with Pinto Beans and Queso Fresco

Cozy up with your valentine and a big bowl of this hearty Mexican-inspired soup. We've kept the flavors of classic pozole but gave it a modern spin with chicken and pinto beans. Add a little heat with sliced radishes and chiles. 

Flat-Iron Steaks with Avocado Butter

There's steak and then there's steak topped with avocado butter. Serve up succulent slices of this steak dinner dripping with flavorful butter—it's guaranteed to impress any guest. 

Lemon-Herb Roasted Salmon with Broccoli and Tomatoes

This salmon and veggie recipe is bursting with flavors of citrus, oregano, basil, and parsley. All you need is a single pan to roast the salmon, broccoli, and tomatoes.

Seared Scallops with Citrus Beurre Blanc and Warm Slaw

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to get a little fancy. Show off your cooking skills with this luscious seared scallop dinner. Tangy grapefruit and salty proscuitto work perfectly together in this easy-yet-impressive recipe.

Chicken, Shrimp, and Chorizo Paella

This Spanish-inspired dish is sure to please whoever you are spending Valentine's Day with this year. A traditional paella usually consists of chicken and shrimp, but chorizo gives a fresh take on this meal.

Smoked Salmon and Roasted Red Pepper Frittata

Frittatas aren't just for breakfast. This Valentine's Day, enjoy a savory smoked salmon frittata made with herbs de Provence, cottage cheese, roasted red peppers, and spinach.

Striped Bass en Brodo

Striped Bass en Brodo simply means that you are cooking the fish in a flavorful broth—in this case, a white wine and EVOO blend. If you can't find striped bass, halibut or red snapper make nice substitutes.

Rosemary-Rubbed Lamb Chops

For an elegant dinner at home this Valentine's Day, try these apricot- and Dijon-glazed lamb chops that take only 25 minutes to make.

Stuffed Turkey Tenderloin

A stuffing of onion, mushrooms, pear, and thyme gives succulent turkey an amazing flavor twist in this dinner recipe for two. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme for a special touch.

Eggplant, Garlic, and Herb Pasta

Serve up a vegetarian meal that's a little spicy. Balance the heat of fiery red chiles with a big sprinkle of fresh mint and ricotta salata cheese. If you're sweetie is also gluten-free, swap in quinoa for the whole wheat pasta. 

Stout-Soaked Porterhouse with Beer Butter

Treat your sweetheart to an elegant Valentine's Day dinner for two with our stout-soaked porterhouse and rich homemade beer butter. The juicy, tender porterhouse is the perfect size to split with your loved one.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Indulge in a rich and creamy Italian dinner for two with our carbonara recipe. Pancetta, dry white wine, and whipping cream add full-bodied flavor.

Tuscany Stuffed Chicken Breasts

A stuffing of Fontina cheese, fresh sage, and roasted peppers transforms a basic chicken breast into an elegant entree.

Easy Marinated Shrimp Scampi for Two

Our simple recipe for shrimp scampi uses a flavorful marinade of garlic, lemon peel, crushed red pepper, and dry white wine. Prepare a vegetable side dish while the shrimp marinates for a complete romantic dinner for two.

Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Tomatoes

Serve a sophisticated dinner for two that looks as impressive as it tastes, thanks to a balsamic reduction, tomatoes, and thyme. The recipe requires only five ingredients and 25 minutes to make.

Rich, sweet crab legs turn any occasion into a celebration. Feel confident preparing crab legs with our boiling and serving tutorial. The meat's easier to get to than you think!

How to Boil Crab Legs

Earn major foodie points by boiling crab legs (we show you how) and serving them (yep, we can help there, too) at your romantic dinner.

Scallop and Asparagus Alfredo

Amp up a romantic recipe favorite with add-ins such as sweet scallops and crisp-tender asparagus. Even better, the saucy and sophisticated dinner for two is ready in just 30 minutes.

Citrus Salmon Fillets with Raspberry Salsa

When you're searching for a Valentine's Day dinner idea, high-protein salmon is a delicious and healthy choice to put romance on the table. Pair with our homemade fruit salsa made from raspberries, jalapeno peppers, and oranges.

Chimichurri Steak

Switch up your Valentine's Day dinner with a steak recipe that features bold international cuisine. Chimichurri—a tart, bright green sauce from Argentina—is poured liberally over the charbroiled steak.

Chia-Crusted Oven-Roasted Tuna with Mango Fruit Salsa

Fresh mango, pineapple, strawberries, and cilantro combine to make the bright, colorful salsa that tops our tuna fillets. A sweet balsamic glaze pulls the dish together.

Ham and Spinach Two-Cheese Pasta

Make a warm and hearty pasta casserole for your Valentine's Day dinner. The mix of cheese, ham, and spinach is sure to wow, plus the individual-size ramekins make the dinner extra special.

How to Cook Filet Mignon

You need only say "filet mignon," and images of a fancy feast are conjured.

Mini Crab Cakes with Orange Aioli

Make dinner at home a special occasion with these mini crab cakes. Our orange aioli—a mix of mayo, sour cream, orange juice, and herbs—pairs nicely with the natural, mild sweetness of crabmeat. Serve the cakes on a bed of spinach for an extra-special presentation.

Risotto with Chicken and Spring Peas

Make your sweetie an extra-special dish for Valentine's Day, like our version of classic Italian risotto. We added peas, carrots, chicken, and spinach into the rice dish for a hearty and satisfying main course.

Spicy Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowl

Beef, egg noodles, and broccoli cooked in a peanut sauce add Asian flair to your romantic evening. Serve this dish with a sprinkling of green onions and a side of sticky rice to round out the meal.

Grilled Flank Steak Salad

Spice up an everyday salad with marinated grilled steak. Sweet peppers, corn, and green onions are also seared on the grill to add bright color and flavor to a bed of romaine lettuce. It's all topped with a tasty cilantro dressing.

Meaty Ragu with Pasta

Serve a homemade version of the classic Italian meat sauce and pasta with this easy recipe. Pappardelle or tagliatelle noodles (look for thicker, flatter noodles) are best for soaking up this tasty sauce.

Pan-Seared Tenderloin Steak with Sauce

Make your Valentine's Day dinner romantic with this recipe for pan-seared steak tenderloin. The sauce adds a tangy finish with a mix of dry red wine, onion or garlic, beef broth, and heavy cream.

Mediterranean Tabbouleh Salad with Chicken

Greek flavors mingle in this chilled grain recipe that tops slices of grilled chicken breast for a special-occasion salad. Make the salad the night before and grill the chicken breast the day of for a less-stress, easy-prep meal.

Italian Sausage and Spinach with Pasta

Try this hearty pasta dish for your romantic menu—skillet-cooked sausage, sweet peppers, and onions add a great flavor mix to regular weeknight spaghetti. Top your bowl with plenty of parmesan cheese. 

Oysters with Tomato-Fennel Relish

This Valentine's Day food is worth the splurge for that special someone. Don't you wonder why some consider oysters to be an aphrodisiac? Experience is the best teacher. Try these.

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