Your date won’t be able to resist these easy and impressive first date dinner recipes. I’m pretty sure they’ll stay for dessert!
Easy First Date Dinner Recipes to Get You a 2nd Date
Choosing from a roster of first date dinner recipes needs to be considered. Everything has to be perfect. From a mouthwatering starter to delightful dessert, you want everything to be in its place. Honestly, I have never been in a rut when it comes to first date dinner meals because I’ve never cooked one, but I can imagine how it feels! That’s why I’ve compiled a list of delicious, easy dinner recipes for two to help those in need.
Set the mood for your first dinner date with these stunning homecooked recipes. Here is my list of first date dinner recipes to help you get started! Enjoy!
1. Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken
This pesto pasta salad with grilled chicken is a great recipe to make regardless of the time of year! It’s great when served both hot and cold. Who knew a dish as good-looking as this one is also super easy to make?
2. Parmesan Polenta with Lemon & Sage Steaks
Your date will be positively smitten after just one whiff of this parmesan polenta with lemon and sage steak‘s aromatics. And to think, you guys haven’t even gotten to dessert yet!
3. Shrimp Florentine Pasta
This shrimp Florentine pasta comes together in 20 minutes, giving you time to primp and pick out your outfit, and most importantly, you’ll have time to choose your first date movie!
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4. Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta
Omnivores aren’t the only people who get to go on first dates. This creamy pasta dish is simple, lemony, and oh so satisfying! It’s also so filling, yet light, leaving you with enough energy for the rest of your date (unless a food coma is something you both are into!).
5. Surf and Turf for Two
The perfect way to elevate your first dinner date is to add a decadent steak and scallop dish in your menu. This recipe is the best one to try! And if your date isn’t impressed with filet mignon and sea scallops, then they’re probably not the one for you.
6. Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops
These lip-smacking, finger-lickin’ baked pork chops are unbelievably easy to make and since first dates can be jarring, why not add a little comfort with some homestyle cooking?
7. Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan
Hello, soul mate! What? No, I wasn’t talking about your first date. I was referring to this dish. It’s a cheesy and a hearty dish that doesn’t require too much babysitting yet it’s impressive and gratifying!
8. Duck Breast with Pomegranate Citrus Glaze
With this dish, your date will probably be left thinking your kitchen doubles as a 5-star restaurant during the weekends. And it’s okay because who doesn’t like to go along with that storyline, right?
9. Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce
There’s something about pan seared scallops that upgrade 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.
10. Chicken and Asparagus Crepes
11. Grilled Salmon Fillets with Wasabi and Lemon Cream Sauce
12. Panna Cotta
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. Show off your MasterChef skills with this Panna Cotta recipe.
13. Warm Kale Salad with Bacon, Dates, Almonds, Crispy Shallots and Parmesan
Change it up by serving salad as the main dish! This particular salad dish is the perfect first date dinner recipe. Light, salty, crunchy, and satisfying–this salad will definitely set your dinner date to a good start!
14. Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Orange Cake
Who doesn’t love chocolate? No one, right? This chocolate orange cake is fluffy, moist, and super chocolatey. It’s the perfect dessert to end the night with. (Or starting the night, who knows!)
15. Chicken with Cherry-Wine Pan Sauce
The name alone is drool-worthy and guaranteed to merit some serious brownie points with your date. This dish itself is absolute perfection! When serving this for a dinner date, don’t forget the side dish–wine!
16. Sticky Toffee Pudding with Molasses Sauce
Sticky toffee pudding is a ridiculously moist date cake with sultry, rich toffee sauce. It has been proven to increase oxytocin levels (the cuddle hormone). Just kidding, but it could very well lead to cuddling! So yeah, of course, it’s the perfect dessert for a first date!
17. Man-Pleasing Chicken
This chicken dish isn’t just man-pleasing, it’s crowd-pleasing! For those who want to keep it simple and traditional, this chicken dish is foolproof and guaranteed to make your date salivate.
18. Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
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!
19. Lemon Butter Skillet Chicken
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.
20. Spaghetti Carbonara
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!
21. Saucy Chicken
This dish’s name says it all perfectly. Saucy chicken perfect for a saucy first date! But don’t just get amazed by its sauce. This dish also has tons of juicy veggies from where the fresh flavors are coming from.
22. Avocado Lime Cheesecake
This avocado lime cheesecake is beyond delicious! With a presentation as elegant and sophisticated as this, the home kitchen may just become the new 5-star restaurant!
23. Iced Coffee Cocktail
Nothing ends a special date like a specialty cocktail. This refreshing coffee cocktail is a perfect post-dinner digestif made for sitting around and getting to know each other better.
24. Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktail
If your date wasn’t romantic before, it definitely will be with this cocktail recipe! Sparkly, fruity, and such a delightful note for starting or ending the night with. It’s also very easy and quick–2 minutes is all you need!
Watch this video from Rachel Woodhouse and learn how to host the perfect romantic dinner right at home:
First impression lasts! That’s why your first date deserves nothing but the best first date dishes. While you can’t control the outcome of the date, you can definitely control the meal served! With these first date dinner recipes, even the worst first date will be a good one. Don’t forget to include these recipes in your dinner date repertoire and make the evening extra special with the one close to your heart!
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