24 Amazing First Date Dinner Recipes That Will Get You To Second Base

by Friday, May 15, 2015

We all get nervous on a first date. Especially when you’re cooking dinner. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of delicious, easy dinner recipes for two. Your date won’t be able to resist these easy recipes for dinner. Maybe they’ll stay for dessert!

24 Amazing First Date Dinner Recipes

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24 Amazing First Date Dinner Recipes That Will Get You To Second Base

Set the mood with these stunning first date dinners. Seriously, what’s more impressive than home cooking?

1. Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken

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The perfect pasta dish for warm summer nights.

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This pesto pasta salad is a great recipe to make regardless of the time of year! Who knew a dish as good-looking as this one is also super easy to make?!


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 16 oz farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup basil pesto (homemade or storebought)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Get the recipe here

2. Parmesan Polenta Topped with Lemon & Sage Steaks

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Get gourmet with this amazing dinner recipe.

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Your date will be positively smitten with just one whiff of this dish’s aromatics. (And to think, you guys haven’t even gotten to dessert yet!)


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup DeLallo Instant Polenta
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 sirloin steaks, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup sage leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

Get the recipe here

3. Shrimp Florentine Pasta

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Easy to make and even easier to impress with.

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This dish comes together in 20 minutes, giving you time to pick out your outfit and most importantly, your first date movie!


  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, one whole, one minced
  • 10 jumbo shrimp, peeled & de-veined
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 oz gluten-free angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup white wine (I used pinot grigio)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • fresh parmesan cheese, for topping

Get the recipe here

4. Surf and Turf for Two

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Elevate your first date with this delicious, decadent meal.

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If your date isn’t impressed with filet mignon and sea scallops, then they’re probably not the one for you.


For the mashed potatoes:

  • 1 large russet potato, peeled then chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • salt, to taste

For the steak and pan sauce:

  • 1 cup low-sodium gluten-free beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine, like cabernet
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed and peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon minced shallot
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • drizzle extra virgin olive oil
  • small pinch red chili pepper flakes
  • big pinch fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 3/4 Tablespoon rock salt
  • 2, 8oz filet mignon steaks, cut 2″ thick

For the scallops:

  • 6 large scallops
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Get the recipe here

5. Easy Baked Ribs

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Add some mac n’ cheese and your first date might just turn into your soulmate. (But don’t hold us to that!)

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These lip-smacking, finger-lickin’ ribs are unbelievably easy to make and since first dates can be jarring, why not add a little comfort with some homestyle cookin’?


  • 2 – 2-1/2lbs baby back ribs
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup BBQ sauce

For the spice rub:

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Get the recipe here

6. Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta

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Who said omnivores have all the fun?

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Omnivores aren’t the only people who get to go on first dates! This creamy pasta dish is filling, yet light, leaving you with enough energy for the rest of your date (unless a food coma is something you both are into).


  • 1 bunch asparagus (12 ounces), trimmed and washed
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 lemons
  • Olive oil
  • 3-4 large cloves garlic, minced (~2 Tbsp)
  • 10 ounces (~5 cups) bow tie pasta (see notes if GF*)
  • 2.5 cups unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 3-4 Tbsp all purpose flour (sub another thickener if GF*)
  • 1-2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (for a subtle cheesy flavor | optional)

Get the recipe here

7. Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan

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The perfect meal for bringing people together.

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Hello, soul mate! What? No, I wasn’t talking about your first date. I was referring to this dish.


  • 1/2 of a batch of Aimee’s 4-Ingredient Tomato Sauce (found on Simple Bites)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt, Pepper, and Dried Italian Seasoning, to taste
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 medium sized zucchini, sliced about 1/3 of an inch thick
  • 8 Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Slices
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley and/or Fresh Basil , for garnish
  • Pasta for serving, if desired

Get the recipe here

8. Duck Breast with Pomegranate Citrus Glaze

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Pair this with your favorite red wine and get ready for an awesome date!

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With this dish, your date will probably be left thinking your kitchen doubles as a 5-star restaurant on the weekends. And it’s okay to go along with that storyline. We definitely have.


  • 2 duck breasts, about 12 to 16 ounces total (split into two pieces if sold still joined by the skin, as pictured)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white vermouth
  • 1 large orange, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom

Get the recipe here

9. Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce

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There’s no better dish than scallops for romantic date nights.

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There’s something about scallops that elevate a conventional dish to a gourmet one. Throw in the bacon cream sauce and the hardest part about your date will be getting them to leave.


  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 large scallops
  • Salt & pepper
  • Chopped chives for garnish

Get the recipe here

10. Chicken and Asparagus Crepes

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These savory crepes are easy to make and look beautiful on a plate.

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This recipe is just plain awesome and will make you forget sweet crepes ever existed. Every bite of this crepe is loaded with creamy ricotta goodness and rich, meaty flavor.


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, dill, chives or mint)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 store-bought crepes (about 9 inches each)
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Get the recipe here

11. Grilled Salmon Fillets with Wasabi and Lemon Cream Sauce

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Nothing sets the mood quite like this melt-in-your-mouth salmon recipe.

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Wasabi and salmon was a combination we hadn’t tried before making this dish. And then we tried it and, to be honest, we kinda started falling in love with ourselves. Imagine what will happen to your date?!


Wasabi & Lemon Cream Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsps sour cream
  • 1½ Tbsps mayonnaise
  • 1 – 2 tsps wasabi
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • About 3 tsps chopped spring onion (aka scallion)
  • Water
Grilled Salmon:
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • ½ Tbsp light soy sauce
  • Generous amount of freshly milled black pepper
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • Dried chilli flakes

Get the recipe here

12. Panna Cotta

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Show off your MasterChef skills with this panna cotta recipe.

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Panna Cotta is definitely not for the timid! This dessert can be difficult to make, but if you get it right, nothing in the world compares to its soft, decadently creamy texture.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

Get the recipe here

13. Warm Kale Salad with Bacon, Dates, Almonds, Crispy Shallots and Parmesan

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Change it up by serving salad as the main dish!

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Salad doesn’t have to be boring! This particular salad is the perfect first date dinner recipe. Light, salty, crunchy, and satisfying, this salad will definitely start your date off on the right foot.


  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, cut into thin rings
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 bunch kale (about 8 cups,) removed from ribs then torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 5 pitted Medjool dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Marcona almonds (or sliced almonds)
  • 2 Tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese

For the Maple-Almond Vinaigrette:

  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter (or tahini)
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Get the recipe here

14. Chicken with Cherry-Wine Pan Sauce

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What goes best with cherry-wine pan sauce?  More wine!

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The name alone is drool-worthy (and guaranteed to pick up some serious brownie points with your date), but the dish itself is absolute PERFECTION! When serving this dinner, don’t forget the side dish: wine.


  • 4 chicken breasts (about 1-1/2lbs)
  • extra virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 cup red wine like Cabernet
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 12oz fresh or frozen pitted sweet cherries NOT sour cherries
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Get the recipe here

15. Man-Pleasing Chicken

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Tickle your palate with this delicious meal!

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This chicken dish isn’t just man-pleasing – it’s people-pleasing! For those who want to keep it simple and traditional, this chicken dish is fool-proof and guaranteed to make your date salivate.


  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot or 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 8oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Get the recipe here

16. Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Orange Cake

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Soft, moist and the perfect night cap.

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Who doesn’t love chocolate? That’s right, no one. This chocolate orange cake is moist, fluffy, gluten-free, vegan and perfect for ending the night with. (Or starting the night, who knows!)


  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds + 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (100 grams)
  • 1 cup GF oat flour (100 grams)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (50 grams)
  • ½ cup brown sugar (100 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup agave syrup
  • 1 cup orange juice (250 milliliters)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (50 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
Chocolate frosting:
  • ½ cup water (125 milliliters)
  • 7 ounces dates (200 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade

Get the recipe here

17. Butternut Squash + Sweet Potato Soup

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Butternut squash soup + kombucha = the perfect meal.

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So, your date is part of a commune, has their own organic garden, and practices yoga and meditation daily – then this recipe is perfect for them! This soup is overflowing with nourishing, wholesome goodness and super tasty to boot! Everyone will love this recipe – not just your hippie date!


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed (5-6 cups)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed (1 cup)
  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored, and cubed
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch nutmeg
  • ½ cup light coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • optional toppings: pepitas and radish sprouts

18. Sticky Toffee Pudding with Molasses Sauce

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Sticky toffee pudding has been proven to increase oxytocin levels (the cuddle hormone). (Just kidding, but it could very well lead to cuddling!)

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Sticky toffee pudding is a ridiculously moist date cake with sultry, rich toffee sauce. So yeah, of course it’s the perfect dessert for a first date!
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) butter
  • 1 cup (250ml) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250ml) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5ml) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5ml) baking powder
  • 2 cups (500ml) pitted dates, finely minced
  • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) boiling water
  • 1/4 cup (50ml) blackstrap molasses

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup (250ml) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50ml) molasses, or treacle
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) cold butter, cubed
  • 2 cups (500ml) whipping cream
  • Whipped cream for garnish.

19. Lemon Butter Skillet Chicken ( 20 Minute Meal! )

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This dish goes perfectly with white wine and a mixed greens salad!

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Chicken is always the best choice when it comes to first date dinners and this dish is no exception. The best part about this recipe is that it only takes 20 minutes to make, giving you and your date more time to get to know each other.
  • 6 medium boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Hot cooked rice or pilaf (optional)

20. Spaghetti Carbonara

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Relive the Lady and the Tramp with this pasta dish!

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This dish may seem too simple for a first date, but never underestimate the power of a good carbonara dish! Top this bad boy with an egg and you and your date will skip ahead from “first date” to “comfortable silence.” That’s when you really know you’ve made it!
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

21. Saucy Chicken

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Eat first-date nerves away with this dish!

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This dish’s name says it all perfectly – saucy chicken perfect for a saucy first date.
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12-ounces chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon freeze dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon fresh parsley
  • 1 cup Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce (or any other pasta sauce)

22. Avocado Vanilla Cheesecake

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Nothing says “Success!” like this avocado cheesecake recipe.

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This dessert is beyond delicious! With a presentation as elegant and sophisticated as this, the home kitchen may just become the new 5-star restaurant!
For the Crust:
  • 1/3 cup blanced almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil

For the Filling:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 drops vanilla medicine
  • 1/3 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut butter
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil pinch of salt
  • Few drops stevia, if needed for extra sweetness

23. Iced Coffee Cocktail

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End the night right with this delicious, refreshing coffee cocktail.

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Nothing ends a special date like a specialty cocktail. This coffee cocktail is a perfect post-dinner digestif and made for sitting around and getting to know each other with.
Cold Brew Coffee:
  • 10 ounce ground coffee
  • 5 1/2 quarts cold water
Iced Coffee Cocktail:
  • 4 ounces cold brew coffee (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 1/2 ounces flavored vodka (vanilla or caramel)
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream

24. Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktail

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How beautiful is this cocktail?!

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If your date wasn’t romantic before, it definitely will be with this cocktail recipe! Sparkly, fruit, and perfect for starting or ending the night with.
  • Lime for glass rim, quartered, optional
  • Sugar for glass rim, optional
  • ½ cup white wine or sparkling wine
  • ½ cup cranberry-pomegranate juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh pomegranate arils or fresh cranberries

First dates deserve amazing first date dishes and while you can’t control the outcome of the date, you can control the meal served! With these dishes, even the worst first date will be a good one.

Need some more mealspiration? Check out our 22 Homemade Pasta Dishes and 17 Burger Recipes perfect for first dates and special occasions!


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