Valentine’s Day recipes: best romantic meal ideas

Valentine's Day is much more romantic with a thoughtful meal at home. We've put some menu plans together (starters, first courses, main courses, puddings and little extra somethings) for you to choose from - how about oysters, lobster, steak and truffles?

To start

Scallops with charred leeks and basil oil


Try scallops for a special meal for two. Just five ingredients (leeks, scallops, oil, basil and cherry tomatoes) and it takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

Watercress, mango and duck salad

The mango in this recipe adds a fresh, juicy burst of flavour to a smart Asian-inspired duck salad.

Oysters grilled with garlic breadcrumbs

Double the quantities for this 10-minute recipe, and share with someone special. You know what they say about oysters, after all…

First course

Open spinach and ricotta ravioli

A classic blend of flavours, perfect for the vegetarian in your life. Open ravioli is much quicker to make, and the result looks pretty sophisticated too.

Angel hair pasta with lobster

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like lobster. This delicate dish uses lobster tail (which is great value) on a bed of light mascarpone and lemon angel hair pasta.

Main course

Steak with chimichurri

Chimichurri is a punchy South American salsa made from fresh coriander, red onion, vinegar and spices. A bit of fire to add to your chargrilled steak. 

Seared sea bass with fennel seeds and roasted sweet potatoes

Looking for a light and healthy Valentine’s Day reicpe? Try our fennel sea bass. It’s roasted in the same pan as the sweet potato wedges, so it’s nice and quick to prepare.

Lamb cutlets with buttered radishes 

A colourful idea for pan-fried lamb. The light pink buttery radishes make a pretty side for a romantic meal. Perk it up with a little dash of white miso paste.

Baked ricotta tart with spring veg, mint and peashoots

One of our favourite show-stopping vegetarian tarts, made with asparagus, peas, spring onion and pea shoots. 


Prune and Armagnac soufflé

You can whip up a soufflé in no time, if you follow our recipe carefully. Serve with boozy Armagnac custard for extra brownie points.

Rhubarb mess with candied rosemary

Rhubarb and rosemary work wonders together, especially in Eton mess. A sweet, pink and playful dessert to finish off a romantic evening.

Flourless chocolate cake (caprese)

Ground almonds make our caprese cake deliciously smooth. And who can resists chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

chocolate cake

Something for afters…

Chocolate truffles

Make pistachio-studded chocolate truffles to really impress your sweetheart. Try adding Baileys, dark rum or orange essence for an extra kick. Deceptively easy to make – promise!

Valentine’s lemon meringue cupcakes

Show some love this Valentine’s Day with these Valentine’s lemon meringue cupcakes – easy to make and perfect for sharing

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