They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. And it’s true that one of the best expressions of love is to cook something special, just for your loved one. So instead of agonizing over dining at a restaurant (and letting strangers feed you) this Valentine’s Day, why not turn on a rom-com on Netflix and treat your partner to a romantic dinner for two at the dining room table, instead? We’ve got plenty of easy-to-make but impressive dishes to help you craft the ideal Valentine’s Day dinner menu. These recipes cover a wide range of special, decadent dishes that will make the night even more special. (We’re imagining you don’t whip up homemade potato gnocchi with pork ragù just any old weeknight!) There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, since this list includes pork, chicken, steak, fish, and even elegant vegetarian dinner ideas.
Whether you’re looking for something extravagant, like the beef tenderloin with roasted cauliflower, or something more casual, like the creamy shrimp and grits, there are dishes that will suit any date night vibe. Of course, there are several options for steaks, including herb and garlic crusted flank steak and a strip steak served with lemon mashed potatoes. While these meals are guaranteed to be satisfying, be sure to save room for a few Valentine’s Day desserts, Valentine’s Day treats, and Valentine’s Day cocktails too. Make this February 14 stand out from the rest by showing your other half how much they mean to you with a Valentine’s Day dinner made from the heart.
Panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese combine for the absolute best breading on this chicken dish.
Take a break from all the chocolate with this healthy and tasty home-cooked meal.
Topped with croutons, pomegranate seeds, and chives, this creamy bisque is easy to make and sure to please.
For the juiciest, most flavorful poultry, rub butter and herbs under the chicken’s skin before cooking.
Packed with delicious vegetables and pesto, this easy pasta dish can be ready in under half an hour.
Make like Lady and the Tramp over a big bowl of linguini.
This savory, protein-packed dish is perfect for a romantic meal at home, especially on a chilly winter evening. Simple and quick to throw together, the stew can cook all day so it’s ready when you and your sweetheart are.