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20 Romantic Dinner at Home Recipes (for Valentine’s day, your anniversary, a birthday, or just because)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home?
You could go out to a restaurant for your Valentine’s Day dinner, if you make reservations in advance and then sit among the crowd of other people who chose to do the same. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to help but to notice the people at the entrance waiting for your table, wishing you would just finish up and get out already. Then you’ll pay an arm and a leg for a meal that probably wasn’t cooked the way you would like it anyway…
That’s not romantic to me.
But this is sexy…
You could stay in and have a nice, quiet Valentine’s dinner at home. You can put on whatever music you want, make your food the way you like it, and stay at the table as long as you like. I’m a fan of sliding off the chair onto the floor when I’ve eaten too much, which is generally a no-no at the places I’d like to eat at.
Eating at home is much better on the budget and there’s nothing like impressing your date with an amazing looking dish like the ones below, most of which are super easy and fast while looking like they take a lot of skill and effort to make. Another option, which I find romantic, is to cook together in the kitchen. Not like those ads that show the couple holding the knife and chopping together–that’s just plain weird; but my husband and I work around the kitchen as if it’s a dance.
Don’t be Intimidated
The following recipes are designed to help anyone get into the kitchen and create a beautiful, romantic dinner. From delicious sea food dinners (and yes, I know that lobster isn’t really a budget food–but it is more affordable than getting it at a restaurant), to savory steaks, juicy chicken, lamb, and perfect pastas, you are bound to find something you’d love to try on this list…..
This is important: Every single one of these bloggers has given me consent to include them in this post. I’m using their photos, with permission, but you have to click on their link to see the recipes, as well as some great tips and tricks to making their recipes. That’s why this is not stealing. To make this collection any other way would be unethical, and possibly even illegal.
20 Romantic Valentine’s Dinners to Make at Home
1. Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Marie Rose Sauce
This dish stands beautifully on its own as a main course. It also compliments a surf-n-turf spread perfectly because the Marie Rose sauce is also wonderful with beef.
2. Surf and Turf
This is my husband’s Surf and Turf, and I can tell you from experience that it is perfect. It uses very few ingredients, yet the flavor is impressive. It compliments the goodness of the meat and shrimp without overpowering them. To top it off, it’s fast and easy.
3. Lobster Shrimp Risotto
All you need to make a delicious plate of risotto is some Arborio rice, butter, an onion, some stock and some cheese. This blogger is ready to step you right through the process to create this fancy looking dish for your sweetheart.
4. Roasted Salmon Tacos with Black Grape Sauce
Of course tacos made my list! If you’re going to make them for Valentine’s day, you should go the extra mile to make these colorful and flavorful tacos. It might sound difficult, but they’re easy to make and can even be made ahead!
5. Baked Lobster Ravioli in Lemon Butter Limoncello Cream Sauce
What if this author told you that ravioli can be made without pasta dough and without boiling. Would you believe it? Sheet pan BAKED Lobster Ravioli in a Lemon Butter Limoncello Cream Sauce can be made ahead with wonton wrappers (no pasta) plus no boiling pots of water or fuss! You’ll have plenty of time left to do other things!
6. Sexy Shallot Chicken
Okay all you Instant pot fans….Here’s one you don’t even have to defrost! “Bring some elegance to your dinner table with this easy chicken recipe for instant pot or crock pot. Comes together in minutes, but tastes like you’ve been working on it all day. No defrost recipe!”
7. Ahi Tuna Poke
I have a Hawaiian recipe to share with you! The author (and diabetic coach) says: “Whenever it has been a while since I have been to Hawaii, I start to suffer from acute ahi tuna poke withdrawal.” She goes on to say that she loves Ahi tuna, and would eat it every day if she could. Sounds good! I love Ahi Tuna too!
8. Brocolli, Rabi, Ricotta, Gnudi, Parmesan Cream
An absolutely delicious recipe for broccoli rabe and ricotta gnudi (like gnocch, but made with ricotta cheese instead of potatoes), with a simple Parmesan cream sauce. Light and soft gnudi that melt in your mouth with the most amazing cheesy sauce, a special dinner without the effort.
9. Filet Mignon Beef Tenderloin Recipe
a good filet mignon is one of the most expensive dishes you can get at a restaurant , but it’s so simple to make at home! “Learn how to cook the best filet mignon – pan seared in a cast iron skillet and finished in the oven. It’s unbelievably easy and takes just 15 minutes!”
10. Linguine con le Vongole (Linguine with Clams)
A classic seafood dish that’s easy enough to make on a weeknight, and can be dressed up to serve for a special occasion.
11. Chicken Marsala
This easy, one-pan low-carb Chicken Marsala recipe is gluten-free, paleo, whole 30, and made with just six ingredients in a skillet.
12. Pork Tenderloin with a Creamy Mustard Sauce
Here’s an easy way to cook ultra-tender roasted pork tenderloin with a creamy mustard sauce. If you’ve never tried a creamy mustard sauce before, you are missing out, and need to try this right away.
13. Hoisin Orange Chicken
Now for something Asian inspired, and absolutely beautiful. The author explains that housin sauce, commonly used in Asian cooking and often referred to as ‘Chinese BBQ sauce’, is a versatile and delicious sauce; and this recipe only takes 20 minutes, so you can be enjoying it in no time!
14. Grilled Lamb Chops with Spinach, Roman Style
Grilled Lamb Chops With Spinach Roman Style will certainly tantalize the senses, and is a perfect main course for your romantic Valentine’s dinner at home.” It certainly looks delightful, and is going on my personal list of things to try.
15. Prawn and Mussels Rougaille
A gorgeous dish is a classic Mauritian recipe. It’s in a richly flavored tomato sauce, that combines Creole cuisine flavors like onions, thyme, garlic and chilies.
16. Simple Beef Wellington for Two
This dish looks impressive, but Michele promises it’s not as intimidating as it seems, and she even provides a video to step your through it. Speaking of, you should ignore this photo and look at the video, where her beef is perfectly medium-rare (this photo was actually taken of the leftovers).
17. Baked Sea Scallops with Crispy, Gluten-free Topping
Here’s a gluten free, low-carb, and Keto option, that can be a main course, or an appetizer. The carbs are reduced by using an interesting and flavorful combination to replace the bread crumbs.To reduce the carbs in this low carb version, pork rinds and cheese are used for topping rather than a bread crumb mixture.
18. Perfectly Reverse-Sear
I wanted to add this because I love cast iron. If you like your steak medium rare, you should definitely give this cooking method a try. Even if you like it another way, reverse searing gives you more control over the end results of your steak.
19. Chicken Pasta with Alfredo Sauce
This gluten free blogger shares flavorful chicken pasta with Alfredo sauce, and shares with us the secret to her tender and tasty chicken. It’s definitely worth a look!
20. Bacon Washed Bourbon Champagne Cocktail
This isn’t technically a dinner, but it does have bacon in it, so it could be an entrée in my book. Or you could just have it with your dinner, if that’s your style.