Seared tuna tataki

best ever Valentine’s Day recipes for two

Nothing says Valentine's Day like a home-cooked meal for two. Here we compile the top recipes that will make your Valentine's meal extra-special

To Start

Oysters with ginger Japanese dressing

A special light but flavoursome starter for any romantic Valentine’s meal. Salmon roe is available from fishmongers and supermarkets, or look for tobiko (smaller eggs) in Japanese shops or at


Truffled spinach and ricotta ravioli

Ever deep-fried ravioli? It’s great date food! A few cheat’s ingredients make this impressive starter quick and easy to make, which means more time to spend with your Valentine! It’s got to be one of our best ever Valentine’s Day recipes for two.

Seared tuna tataki

This simple Asian dish is super healthy and will have you and your Valentine singing. It’s only 211 calories, too. Ask your fishmonger for sashimi-grade tuna.

Easy Stilton soufflés

If you thought a soufflé was something only to be attempted by skilled chefs, think again. This easy blue cheese soufflé is guaranteed to work, just follow the step-by-step instructions and yours will turn out perfectly. Who said cheese can’t be romantic?

Easy Stilton souffles

Scallops with pea and mint purée

This makes a really quick but impressive looking starter. The pea purée is quite soft, so it doubles up as a sauce. You can make the pea purée before your guests arrive and then the scallops (which are flavoured with only a little cumin and salt) take just minutes to cook.

Main Course

Angel hair pasta with lobster

The perfect date-night food. Lobster tails are a good-value way to buy lobster, though if you have access to a whole lobster add the claw meat to the recipe as well. What better way to treat your Valentine?

Spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine

Dan Doherty’s romantic recipe for spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine is the best ever Valentine’s recipe for two; as long as you don’t mind getting your hands dirty!

Seabass baked in rock salt (pescado a la sal)

Baking fish in salt keeps all the moisture in. Crack the crust at the table for maximum wow-factor. This one is filled with a Mediterranean mix of courgettes, peppers, asparagus, onions and sliced potatoes to add colour and texture. This recipe is courtesy of Evuna restaurant in Manchester.

Crab thermidor

Crab thermidor is such a beautiful Valentine’s Day dish. It takes a little effort, but surely she/he is worth it?

Chargrilled steak with Tabasco butter and avocado salad

This recipe for chargrilled steak with Tabasco butter and avocado salad is guaranteed to be a new favourite. The Tabasco butter adds a spicy kick and the avocado salad keeps it fresh.

Baked mushroom and celeriac torte

This impressive looking wild mushroom and celeriac torte is seasoned with garlic and thyme. Perfect for date-night with your veggie Valentine.

Lobster thermidor

Lobster is a date-night classic and it’s easy to see why with this Lobster thermidor. Make sure to serve with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the rich, creamy sauce.

A lobster thermidor on a white serving plate


Chocolate fondant

An easy recipe for a melt-in-the-middle chocolate dessert. Sure to be an absolute winner for Valentine’s Day!

Champagne syllabub

This speedy dessert is ready in only 10 minutes, perfect for those last-minute Valentine’s meals.

Chocolate and coffee truffle pots

These chocolate and coffee truffle pots are really easy to make, but look dead impressive. Give them an extra kick with a dash of rum or amaretto for a very grown-up treat.

Pistachio soufflé with dark chocolate sauce

Pistachio soufflés make a really satisfying pudding and the effort is truly worth it. Our chocolate sauce adds a rich finish to the light and fluffy soufflé.

To drink

Homemade grenadine and champagne cocktails

These homemade grenadine and champagne cocktails are an easy way to impress your Valentine… after all, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without bubbles!

Champagne and berry fizz

Liven up Champagne or Cava with berry sorbet; such a simple recipe but your sweetheart will love it. This sophisticated fizz is ready in just 5 minutes.



Use food colouring pastes rather than the liquid variety to tint the macaroon shells – a small pot will colour hundreds of macaroons. Sandwich the macaroons with fillings to match the colours, such as lemon curd, jam, buttercream or chocolate ganache.

Chocolate truffles

These tempting chocolate truffles look impressive but are deceptively easy to make. Try adding Baileys, dark rum or orange essence to make them even more special. They make the perfect end to a Valentine’s meal.

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