Prepare any of these excellent romantic dinner ideas for your loved ones, and turn your house into a classy restaurant even just for Valentine's Day.
Romantic Dinner Ideas for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is here! Because our loved ones deserve only the best, let's give them a night they will never forget. I believe that delicious and well-presented food is enough to make everything perfect for Valentine's Day.
That's why I've collected these romantic dinner ideas anyone can prepare at home. Here I come with these Valentine's Day-worthy dinner ideas you're going to love!
1. Grilled Steak with Roasted Tomatoes and Blue Cheese
Nothing looks and tastes better than a well-marinated steak garnished with sweet and savory roasted cherry tomatoes and tangy crumbled blue cheese. This is a stunning recipe that's easy and simple to put together.
2. Creamy Ricotta and Tomato Sausage Lasagna
This ricotta and tomato sausage lasagna is a great way to serve up a special pasta dish for your romantic dinner this Valentine's Day. It's a simple single-serve lasagna infused with herbs and red wine.
It's both creamy, earthy, and so filling!
3. Sun-Dried Tomato Feta Stuffed Chicken
Nothing is easier and quicker to cook than a chicken breast fillet, and that's what makes this dish ideal for Valentine's evening. Whether you're doing a dinner date for two or a crowd, this dish got your back!
This romantic dinner recipe calls for chicken breasts, a zesty and cheesy tomato mixture, and fresh pesto sauce.
4. Filet Mignon in Mushroom Wine Sauce
A good steak recipe is always a must on every special occasion, especially for a fancy dinner date. This elevates the occasion to an impressive and one-of-a-kind moment.
I recommend you try this filet mignon drowned in a flavorful mushroom wine sauce. It's really good and worth a spot in your V-Day dinner menu.
5. Lobster Risotto
Put an Italian touch to your romantic dinner this Valentine's Day and serve this classy risotto dish with a very rich and creamy texture. This is such a hearty rice dish topped with a tasty and well-seasoned lobster tail. You'll love it!
6. Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon
I love salmon. It's a straightforward romantic meal to cook, but it's always bound to give you a restaurant-quality dish perfect for serving on any occasion. Its tasty maple walnut crust brings it over the top.
7. Creamy Leek and Pancetta Pappardelle for Two
Who's in for an oversized pasta noodle dish? Is it just me, or it really is such a satisfying experience eating pappardelle? Looking at this dish already invokes the cozy feeling of a casual but romantic night in.
8. Spinach Strawberry Champagne Salad
What a refreshing way to spend a romantic dinner this Valentine's Day: With a huge bowl of fresh, fruity, and tangy salad!
I'm sure your loved ones will get really impressed with how invigorating this spinach strawberry salad with champagne vinaigrette is.
9. Garlic Butter Tomato Shrimp Linguine
Garlic butter shrimp pasta is a delectable pasta recipe tossed in an easy-to-prepare tomato sauce. This dish is made with simple ingredients but comes out so flavorful with the mild kick of smoked paprika.
It's spicy enough to heat things up!
10. Ribeye with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
It's a well-prepared ribeye steak comparable to the one you can order in five-star restaurants. Serve this dish on Valentine's Day and make your loved ones feel really special.
11. Mustard-Crusted Lamb
If you're looking for a hearty lamb recipe with bold flavors, this mustard-crusted lamb is perfect for you. You'll get to enjoy a unique combination of spicy mustard and flavorful broccoli.
In just 40 minutes, this dish is ready to serve on a romantic night. For a picture-perfect chop, ask the butcher to cut off the small flap of fat and meat covering the top of the loin.
12. Sauteed Pork Chops with Garlic Spinach
The best way to describe this dish is simple and straightforward but nutritious, flavorful, and juicy. The lemon juice gives the simply-seasoned chops that pop of fresh flavor.
The spinach mixture is very easy to make, too! Make sure you keep an eye on the veggies because it cooks fast. Enjoy!
13. Veggie and Three Cheese-Stuffed Shells
You can't have too much cheese with these pasta shells! All you need to do is load each shell with your nutritious veggies to create a wonderfully-filling vegetarian dish (and to balance out the richness some).
14. Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Who says you can't have pizza on your romantic dinner this Valentine's Day? This buffalo chicken pizza proves the point. You can even use leftover roasted chicken to save time and money prepping this best-ever pizza.
In every slice, you'll savor the distinctive flavor of shredded chicken, onions, cheese, and hot sauce. Make a pie (or two) for the entire family for a festive Valentine's Day.
15. Smoky Beef Tacos
Looking for the right amount of spice in your tacos? These smoky beef tacos got you covered! It's easy and simple to make because you can do it in a crockpot or oven.
You can even go for chipotles instead of smoked paprika if you want to level up the spiciness. If you want the meat to be incredibly tender, delicious, and flavorful, try to double the liquid mixture.
16. Butternut Squash Pasta
Baking the noodles is a common way to cook them, but you can also saute them. Sauteing them for five minutes gives you a bit of crunch while cooking them for up to 12 minutes provides you with a softer texture.
17. Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette Sauce
For oyster lovers out there, here is a recipe you shouldn't miss. You'll enjoy slurping up fresh oysters in their shell, plus your homemade Mignonette sauce.
A lot of people equate oysters with a romantic evening, so you'll definitely be setting the mood!
18. Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Green Beans
Salmon is a famously healthy ingredient but can still taste mouth-wateringly delectable when roasted just right. This meal offers up gorgeous salmon fillets with the help of dill and lemon.
Green beans will have the right amount of blister to them, not too crunchy nor soggy. Everything is done perfectly, even the roasted potatoes.
19. Blackened Tilapia with Zucchini Noodles
If you want to go for a lighter meal, you should see what this blackened tilapia with zucchini noodles recipe can do for you.
Fish and veggies together create a wonderful flavor, especially when you add a little spice to them for an extra kick. You can even make this lighter by using a pan that doesn't need cooking spray or oil.
Add more flavor to your noodles by sprinkling on some black pepper and cumin.
20. Hoisin-Glazed Pork Loin
This hoisin-glazed pork tenderloin recipe is easy, healthy, and affordable, just right for a romantic dinner this Valentine's Day. This is the change you're looking for apart from the usual dinner recipes.
Kids might mistake the pork for chicken when cooked tender, juicy, and mild. The sweet sauce that melts in your mouth as you chew the meat makes this recipe one of a kind.
21. Shrimp, Spinach, and Feta Orzo
Don't mistake orzo for rice because it's pasta made of wheat semolina. It's great at absorbing sauces, so it makes a fantastic pair for this tomato sauce. The addition of feta, spinach, and shrimp to this dish beefs up the flavor.
22. Cast-Iron Skillet Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna
Make your lasagna for a romantic dinner this Valentine's Day memorable with this recipe. It's loaded with cheese and packed with your favorite vegetables like spinach, kale, and mushrooms.
The sprinkled basil on top of it when cooked makes it even look and taste healthier and more delicious. In just one hour of prepping, your family can enjoy this labor of love.
23. Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus Ribbons
Zucchini noodles are already popular in recipes, but have you tried asparagus noodles? This exciting twist can win the hearts of many vegetarian folks!
Lemon juice creates a very interesting flavor when combined with chickpeas, quinoa, and asparagus. When you drizzle the bowl with tahini dressing and sprinkle it with pistachios, you're taking its flavor to the next level.
Everyone in the family can have fun scooping up this healthy meal on your romantic dinner!
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These are all the best romantic dinner ideas you need for a successful and memorable Valentine's evening. These recipes are all impressive despite how easy and quick they are to prepare.
Now that you have these recipes ready, make sure to set up a romantic dinner table and have a night well spent with your loved ones!
Which Valentine's Day dinner ideas are you planning to try? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in February 2020, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.