Planning a romantic dinner at home for Valentine’s Day? There’s nothing sweeter than a gift from the heart, and food definitely fits the bill. But if you’re not sure what to prepare, you may feel overwhelmed. Don’t worry – we have 28 easy and delicious Valentine’s Day recipes to make your dinner unforgettable.
28 Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes for a Romantic Dinner
Valentine’s Day Food Ideas
1. Mini Heart Pizza Appetizers
These mini pizzas are perfect little appetizers, and they’re so easy to make. We recommend buying ready-made pizza dough from your local grocery store to save time. You’ll need a heart-shaped cookie cutter to shape your pizzas (you can do this by hand or just make circular pizzas if you want). Just top with sauce and mozzarella, and pop them in the oven.
2. Strawberry Roses
Impress your Valentine with these strawberry roses. All you need are some fresh strawberries and their tops – and maybe some impressive knife skills.
3. Roasted Heart Potatoes
Who doesn’t love roasted potatoes? Put a Valentine’s Day twist on this classic recipe by using heart cookie cutters to shape your potatoes. They’re super-simple to make and loaded with flavor. Serve them as an appetizer or side dish.
4. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
One of the most traditional Valentine’s Day recipes. Chocolate covered strawberries are easy to make. All you need are fresh strawberries and chocolate melts. Just melt the chocolate, dip the strawberries and let them cool on parchment paper.
5. Cherry Hand Pies
These adorable and tasty cherry hand pies use pastry pie crusts and premade cherry pie filling to save time. The hardest part? Shaping the pies. Here’s our tip: use heart cookie cutters to get the perfect shape.
6. Marshmallow Pops
These marshmallow pops take no time to make but they look so pretty – and taste great, too. All you need are some marshmallows (look for strawberry and vanilla flavored ones), sprinkles and melting chocolate (chocolate and vanilla). Just melt the chocolate and dip the marshmallows in the chocolate and sprinkles.
7. Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cream Cheese Danishes
If you’re spending breakfast together, you can start the day off right with these heart-shaped Danish pastries. You need just a handful of ingredients: puff pastry sheets, chocolate, cocoa, cream cheese, sugar, strawberries and vanilla. This recipe will take a little more time, but it’s so easy and tastes delicious. Don’t forget to grab some heart cookie cutters to shape your pastries.
Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes
8. Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
These stuffed portobellos are perfect for a vegetarian meal or as a tasty side dish. Stuff portobello caps with fresh mozzarella and sweet cherry tomatoes, and then roast them in the oven. Top with a balsamic glaze drizzle and fresh basil.
9. Creamy Salmon Pasta
This salmon pasta dish looks fancy, but it’s really easy to make. You’ll need salmon, butter, garlic, heavy cream, linguine pasta, lemon zest, spinach, capers and a little white wine (or chicken broth). This dish comes together in 40 minutes or less, making it perfect for your Valentine’s Day dinner.
10. Cranberry and Brie Stuffed Chicken
Stuffed chicken breast is always an impressive dish, and this one has some gourmet flavors: brie, dried cranberries, onion, garlic, spinach and fresh spices. If you’re not a fan of brie, you can use a nice Camembert instead.
11. Garlic Butter Steak Bites
These garlic steak bites can be served as an appetizer or the main dish. The garlic, oil and butter give these bites so much flavor. Top with freshly chopped parsley and serve with your favorite side dishes.
12. Champagne Chicken
We love Valentine’s Day recipes like these because they’re so fancy but still so easy to make. This chicken is ready to serve in just 40 minutes and is cooked in a delicious, creamy champagne sauce. The mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and parmesan cheese add tons of flavor. Serve with some fresh vegetables and a side salad.
13. Beef Bourguignon for Two
Another fancy dish that is deceptively easy to make. You can even prepare it the day before to make your dinner as stress-free as possible. While there are quite a few ingredients that go into this dish, it’s really simple to bring together.
14. Brown Butter Scallops with Parmesan Risotto
Risotto can be tricky to make, so we recommend using good quality packaged risotto or swapping it for parmesan rice. If you’re feeling confident, make the risotto from scratch! Just be prepared to babysit it. The rest of the dish is a cinch to make.
Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes
15. Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies
It doesn’t get much simpler than chocolate chip cookies for dessert. You can use premade cookie dough or follow the recipe to make your own (it’s worth it!). You’ll need heart-shaped cookie cutters and some heart sprinkles.
16. Valentine’s Day Crack
This recipe puts a Valentine’s Day spin on the crack dessert recipe (named because of its addictiveness). It’s super easy to make and SO good. You’ll need saltine crackers, white almond bark, red candy melts, pink candy melts, brown sugar, butter and sprinkles.
17. Red Velvet Truffles
Your Valentine will love these red velvet truffles, and you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen making them. You’ll need just a few ingredients: red velvet cake mix, cream cheese frosting, white chocolate, red candy melts and sprinkles.
The great thing about this recipe is that there’s no baking involved. We recommend making these ahead of time because you do need to freeze the truffles before dipping them in the white chocolate.
18. Puff Pastry Hearts
Valentine’s Day recipes like these are so fun to make, and they’re delicious, too. You’ll need larger heart cookie cutters to make these pastries. They’re a little messy but worth it. Use premade puff pastry and pick the freshest strawberries you can get your hands on.
19. Rice Krispy Hearts
Rice Krispy treats are one of my favorites from childhood. You’ll need to buy some Rice Krispies, butter – tons of it – white candy melts, pink melts and marshmallows (mini ones work best).
And while this recipe is simple, you will need heart shaped cookie cutters to get your treats into the perfect heart shapes.
20. Valentine’s Whoopie Pies
Whoopie pies are delicious on their own, but this recipe is over the top. You’ll need a little under an hour for this recipe, so be sure that you have enough time. A lot of the ingredients are likely in your kitchen already, such as vanilla extract and eggs, but you will need some other items:
- Red gel food coloring
- Brown sugar
- Powdered sugar
- Cream cheese
21. Chocolate Dipped Brown Hearts
You’ll need heart molds for this recipe, but they’re worth the investment. Add in your brownie mix or make your own mix if you don’t want to purchase the premade mix. Bake, cover with chocolate and add in heart sprinkles to celebrate your night together.
Valentine’s Day Drink Ideas
22. Easy Sherbet Punch
Three ingredients is all it takes to make this sherbet punch. You’ll need raspberry sherbet, Sprite and white grape and cherry juice. Add the sherbet into a bowl, pour in the liquids slowly and enjoy.
23. Cupid Floats
Floats bring me back. Everyone used to love floats, especially in the summer, where I grew up. You can make this delicious float with cherry soda, vanilla ice cream and some red licorice. It’s a simple, delightful drink for Valentine’s Day.
24. Love Potion
You’ll find a lot of Valentine’s Day recipes that are “love” potions, but this one is a must-try. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, add in the vodka, cranberry juice, grenadine and orange juice. Shake it up and pour it into your glass.
Next, cut your strawberries into heart shapes and place them on the rim of your cup.
25. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Red velvet? Hot chocolate? Sign me up! This creamy drink is sure to fill the room with love. You need just 15 minutes to create this recipe, which doesn’t require any major tools but does need quite a few ingredients:
- Whole milk
- Whipped cream
- White candy melts
- Chocolate chips
- Heavy cream
- Vanilla extract
26. Lovebug Cocktail
If you can mix four ingredients together, you can create this delectable drink. You’ll need some vodka, grenadine, lemon lime soda and cranberry juices. You can use these amazing martini glasses if you want to level up your presentation.
27. Cupid’s Potion
Cupid would make this drink to help a couple fall in love – I’m sure of it. You’ll mix in strawberry soda, vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, whipped cream, sprinkles and can add in other goodies, such as gummies or white chocolate, if you like.
28. Strawberry and Champagne Margarita
Margaritas are delicious, and this pink variety with champagne and strawberry takes just five minutes to make. You’ll need some lime juice, tequila, champagne, crystallized sugar, triple sec and strawberries.
Create a magical evening with these easy Valentine’s Day recipes for a romantic dinner. Whether you’re cooking for your significant other or planning a delightful meal for yourself, these recipes are sure to add a dash of love to your celebration.