50+ Easy & Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and romance. What better way to do that than by cooking a delicious meal for your special someone? Here’s 50+ easy and romantic Valentine’s Day dinner recipes that you can make at home.

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate your love than with a delicious home-cooked dinner? Forget the crowded restaurants and sky-high prices – this year, create a romantic and intimate atmosphere in your own home with these delectable dishes.

PS – Be sure to check out these 35+ Red Foods and 25+ Pink Foods too!

Set the Mood with Appetizers

Plate of filet mignon bites ready to be served.
These Filet Mignon Bites with Creamy Horseradish Sauce are the perfect elegant appetizer to serve at your next party. Tender bites of filet mignon are wrapped in bacon and served with a thick and tangy horseradish sauce.
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Shrimp scattered on air fryer basket liner with lemon wedges.
This tasty Air Fryer Shrimp takes less than 10 minutes to make with a handful of flexible ingredients. Cooking perfectly plump and juicy shrimp has never been easier!
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Crostini topped with brie, basil and prosciutto arranged on grey plate next to honey wand.
These Brie & Prosciutto Crostini with Honey make the perfect, easy to prepare party appetizer that's made with just a handful of ingredients.
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Side view of Avocado bites wrapped in prosciutto on wood cutting board.
Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Bites are the perfect party appetizer. They’re an easy to make, no-bake finger food and come together in under 10 minutes!
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Crab cakes topped with lemon wedges and dollops of crab cake sauce.
This cool and creamy Crab Cake Sauce has just enough tanginess, smokiness, and spice to pair with far more than crab cakes. It’s fantastic with fries and other crispy finger foods, spread on sandwiches, and even with steak!
Crab Cake Sauce
Crackers spread with blackberry goat cheese on serving platter with honey wand and blackberries.
Why not whip up this sweet and savory Blackberry Goat Cheese appetizer for your next party?  This elegant appetizer is easy to make with just 5-ingredients!
Blackberry Goat Cheese
Cooked bacon wrapped dates in white serving bowl next to small bowl of almonds.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds make a quick and easy appetizer that's a definite crowd pleaser.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Hand reaching for fondue fork.
Learn how to make Cheese Fondue at home with this classic, easy recipe. This is the best appetizer to serve at parties because it can be made in just 15-minutes and everybody loves it! 
Cheese Fondue
Hamachi crudo arranged on grey plate topped with lemon slices and serrano peppers.
Hamachi is a type of flavorful yellowtail fish that is often served raw as nigiri and sashimi-style sushi. Use it to make this simple Hamachi Crudo appetizer.
Hamachi Crudo
Crostini dipped into melty goat cheese.
This baked goat cheese appetizer is super simple to throw together at the last minute with just 3 ingredients! Chevre is baked in marinara sauce until hot and bubbly – Perfect for spreading on crostini.
Baked Goat Cheese
3 crispy rice sushi bites on plate topped with creamy sauce and spicy peppers.
Crispy Rice Sushi Bites feature creamy spicy salmon (or tuna). Crispy, crunchy and so flavorful! Cook the crispy rice in the air fryer or on the stove, and top with all your favorite toppings. The perfect appetizer for any occasion! 
Crispy Rice Sushi Bites
The most vibrant and delicious Beet Hummus! Creamy, subtly sweet, nutrient-dense, and made with just a handful of ingredients.
Recipe: Rainbow Plant Life
Beet Hummus
Strawberry Jam with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese: This easy app can be served in so many ways. Simple, yet amazingly good and pretty too!
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Strawberries and Honey Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini

Main Courses

Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese
This Roasted Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese is a delicious dish that's perfect for Valentine's Day but craveable every day of the year! 
Beet Risotto
Overhead shot of cooked filet mignon with slice taken.
Learn how to make the PERFECT Sous Vide Filet Mignon. With a timing chart for the perfect rare, medium, or well done steak.
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Lobster ravioli in skillet tossed with cream sauce and topped with chives.
This creamy lobster ravioli sauce recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make and will bring any packaged or homemade lobster ravioli to life with its fresh flavor and creamy rich texture.
Lobster Ravioli
Shrimp Fra Diavolo features sautéed shrimp tossed in a spicy tomato sauce spiked with white wine. It's a quick & easy delicious pasta recipe perfect for the weeknight dinner table. 
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Herb crusted rack of lamb on grey serving platter with three chops sliced off.
This Rack of Lamb with Herb Crust recipe is juicy, tender and delicious. Cooked in the oven to a perfect medium-rare and encrusted with parmesan cheese & fresh herbs.
Overhead shot of cioppino in white bowl with spoon.
This Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew) recipe is made with freshly cooked seafood in a bright and aromatic tomato-wine base. It’s easy to prepare ahead of time and can be ready to eat in just 1 hour.
Prepared Chicken risotto in grey serving bowl with spoon.
Creamy Chicken Risotto is a crowd-pleasing meal full of cozy and comforting flavors. It’s topped with crispy pan-fried chicken and elevated with lemon and mascarpone cheese. Perfect for weeknights and dinner parties!
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Skillet filled with shrimp piccata on pink backdrop.
This easy recipe for Shrimp Piccata is delicious. Shrimp tossed in a lemon-garlic, butter sauce flecked with capers. Made in just 30-minutes!
Shrimp Piccata
Overhead shot of lemon pasta in bowl next to charred lemon halves.
This easy Lemon Pasta is deliciously tangy and creamy, plus it comes together in under 15 minutes!
Lemon Pasta
Overhead shot of prepared shrimp risotto in grey bowl with spoon.
This Shrimp Risotto has a rich seafood flavor and is deliciously creamy. It’s easy to make at home and perfect for an elegant dinner.
Shrimp Risotto
Close up of miso salmon on plate.
Miso Glazed Salmon is an easy meal perfect for busy weeknights. Best of all, it’s baked on ONE sheet pan with flaky salmon, crispy veggies, edamame and a flavorful miso glaze.
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This one pan, 30-minute creamy sausage gnocchi recipe has flavorful Italian sausage, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese for a cozy weeknight treat that’s effortless to make.
Recipe: Salt and Lavender
Creamy Sausage Gnocchi
This slow-cooked lamb ragu features melt-in-your-mouth tender pieces of lamb in a delicious savory tomato sauce, perfect for enjoying with pasta, polenta, or crusty bread.
Recipe: Home Cooking Collective
Slow-Braised Lamb Ragu
These Honey Butter Blackened Scallops with Herby Polenta are simple and delicious. Pan seared scallops tossed with spices, honey, and a touch of butter, then served over a creamy herb swirled polenta.
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Honey Butter Blackened Scallops with Herby Polenta
Oh là là, we love French onion soup! Caramelized onions, a rich broth, and delightfully melty cheese atop a slice of baguette make this an all-time favorite soup recipe.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
French Onion Soup
Chicken fricassee features browned chicken and mushrooms nestled in a rich and creamy sauce. We like to serve it with mashed potatoes or a fluffy grain on the side.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Chicken Fricassee
Coq au Vin, sounds fancy right? In reality, this classic French dish is a simple, one-pot wonder full of layered, rich flavors that is perfect for your next family meal or dinner party.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Coq au Vin
Lobster Bisque recipe made easy with big chunks of garlic butter lobster tails in every bite and a quick homemade stock! So smooth and creamy!
Recipe: Cafe Delites
Easy Lobster Bisque
Sweet oysters baked in a delicious spicy herb butter with a crispy lemon garlic Parmesan breadcrumb topping.
Recipe: Olive & Mango
Spicy Butter and Herb Baked Oysters
This marry me chicken is the perfect chicken dinner that is herby, creamy, tender, juicy, and goes perfectly with pasta or rice!
Recipe: Rich and Delish
Easy Marry Me Chicken
Authentic Vegetable Paella- a simple, easy, vegetarian paella recipe that comes together in under an hour!
Recipe: Feasting At Home
Vegetable Paella
A British classic made mini! Individual Beef Wellington is the epitome of elegance & indulgence. Make-ahead & freezer instructions provided.
Recipe: Plays Well With Butter
Individual Beef Wellington
An easy savory crepe recipe made in the blender, made with melted gruyere cheese and topped with brandy and thyme infused wild mushrooms.
Recipe: The Gourmet Gourmand
Savory Crepes with Wild Mushrooms and Gruyere
In this braised short rib recipe the beef is slowly cooked with maple and bourbon until tender and served over shallot mashed potatoes.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Maple Bourbon Braised Short Ribs
This honey soy marinade comes together with a few simple ingredients. The rich sea bass is marinated and pan-seared until flakey.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Honey Soy Sea Bass
Individual steak and mushroom pot pies are made with braised beef with mushrooms and topped with flakey puff pastry.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Stout Braised Steak and Mushroom Pot Pie
This is my absolute favorite pizza recipe to make using a quick 5-minute tomato sauce, basil, Parmesan, and the creamy goodness of burrata.
Recipe: Cooking with Cocktail Rings
Burrata Pizza

Sweet Endings

Overhead close up of caramel apple tartlet.
These Rose Caramel Apple Tartlets are not only amazingly delicious, but beautiful too! Thin apple slices are arranged to look like a rose and drizzled with a yummy, spiked salted caramel sauce.
Caramel Apple Tartlets
This Dessert Charcuterie Board is a fun twist on a charcuterie board. This spread features cookies, pretzels, caramels, fruits, chocolates, and a creamy hazelnut spread for dipping.
Dessert Charcuterie
Tanghulu skewers on plate.
Snacking on fruit is fun again thanks to tanghulu! Skewered fruit is dipped in an easy and sweet sugar syrup, giving you a glistening and fruity snack no one can pass up. Best of all, it’s easy to make at home using almost any fruit you like!
One jar of butterscotch budino topped with salted caramel.
This Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel is like a pudding cup for grown ups. It's a rich and creamy indulgent treat that's not overly sweet.
Butterscotch Budino
Overhead close up of bowl of coffee mousse topped with flaky salt, mint sprig and chocolate shavings.
Coffee Mousse is a decadent, airy dessert flavored with coffee & cocoa. Made with whipped cream & ricotta cheese to make it creamy without gelatin.
Coffee Mousse
Creme brulee on cooling rack with spoon that's broken through the top.
This is the BEST Classic Creme Brulee recipe out there. Plus, you can make it up to four days ahead of time for easy entertaining!
Creme Brulee
Overhead close up of linzer cookie dusted with powdered sugar and filled with strawberry jam.
These Shortbread Jam Cookies are a delightful, sweet treat that's perfect for holidays like Christmas and Valentine's Day!
Jam Cookies
Extreme close up of three blackberry lemon blondies stacked on top of eachother next to bowl of blackberries.
If lemon bars and blackberry pie had a baby, you’d have these Blackberry Lemon Blondies. They’re moist, tangy and delicious with bits of blackberries running throughout.
Blackberry Lemon Blondies
Canele cakes arranged on cooling rack.
It's not the canele recipe that makes great caneles; it's the process! With the right equipment and this tried-and-true technique, you'll make perfect French caneles with crisp, caramelized shells and luscious custardy centers.
Overhead shot of three ramekins of creme brulee topped with roasted blackberries.
Blackberry Creme Brulee is a delicious dessert recipe. Classic creme brulee is topped with a sauce made from roasted blackberries, vanilla bean & cardamom. 
Blackberry Creme Brulee
Overhead shot of strawberry ricotta cake cut up with three serving plates of cake.
This Strawberry Ricotta Cake is the most delicious Italian-inspired dessert. The rich ricotta provides the cake with perfect moisture and density and the strawberries make the flavor pop. It’s almost like a combination between a cake and a cheesecake.
Strawberry Ricotta Cake
Indulge in a decadent dessert with this easy and delicious molten lava cakes recipe. These warm, gooey cakes are made with a rich chocolate center that flows out as you cut into them.
Recipe: Broma Bakery
Molten Lava Cakes

More → 50+ Valentine’s Day Desserts!

Tips for a Romantic Evening

  • Set the table with candles and flowers.
  • Play some soft music in the background.
  • Dress up for the occasion.
  • Most importantly, relax and enjoy each other’s company!

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50+ Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate love and romance. What better way to do that than by cooking a delicious meal for your special someone? Here's 50+ easy and romantic Valentine's Day dinner recipes that you can make at home. Try this Blackberry Creme Brulee for dessert. Classic creme brulee is topped with a sauce made from roasted blackberries, vanilla bean & cardamom. 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling time: 2 hours
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 people


Cardamom Roasted Blackberries:

  • 2 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ vanilla bean (split and seeds removed)

Creme Brulee:

  • 2
 cups heavy cream chilled
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch table salt
  • 1/2 
 vanilla bean (split and seeds removed)
  • 6
 large egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar (for topping)


Cardamom Roasted Blackberries:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Place the blackberries on a sheet pan and toss with the sugar, cardamom and vanilla bean seeds. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through. Cool to room temperature before serving.

Creme Brulee:

  • Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Combine 1 cup cream, sugar, and salt in medium saucepan; with paring knife, scrape seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean (halved lengthwise) into pan, submerge pod in cream, and bring mixture to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to ensure that sugar dissolves. Take pan off heat and let steep 15 minutes to infuse flavors.
  • Meanwhile, place a white kitchen towel in bottom of large baking dish or roasting pan and arrange four 4- to 5-ounce ramekins on towel.
  • Bring kettle or large saucepan of water to boil over high heat.
  • After cream has steeped, stir in remaining 1 cup cream to cool down mixture. Whisk yolks in large bowl until broken up and combined. Whisk about 1/2 cup cream mixture into yolks until loosened and combined; repeat with another 1/2 cup cream. Add remaining cream and whisk until evenly colored and thoroughly combined.
  • Strain through fine-mesh strainer into 2-quart measuring cup or pitcher (or clean medium bowl); discard solids in strainer. Pour or ladle mixture into ramekins, dividing it evenly among them.
  • Carefully place baking dish with ramekins on oven rack; pour boiling water into dish, taking care not to splash water into ramekins, until water reaches two-thirds height of ramekins. Bake until centers of custards are just barely set, 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Transfer ramekins to wire rack to cool. Set ramekins on rimmed baking sheet, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours or up to 4 days.
  • Uncover ramekins; if condensation has collected on custards, place paper towel on surface to soak up moisture. Sprinkle each with about 1 teaspoon sugar; tilt and tap ramekin for even coverage. Ignite torch and caramelize sugar. Top with cardamom roasted blackberries.


You can also caramelize creme brulee using your broiler. Move the top rack in your oven up as high as it will go. Place the ramekins in the oven on the top rack, and turn on the broiler. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes, rotating them frequently so that they broil evenly. Take them out when the sugar has browned.
The creme brulee can be made up to 4 days ahead of time. Store them in the refrigerator and at the last minute, just sprinkle the sugar on top and caramelize it.
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Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 455mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 2295IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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