Whipped goat's cheese with baked figs

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

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 japancentre.com.

Oysters with ginger Japanese dressing

Watercress, mango and duck salad

Looking for a light salad to start your Valentine’s meal with? Try this watercress, mango and duck one. The mango in this recipe adds a fresh, juicy burst of flavour to a smart Asian-inspired duck salad.

Watercress, mango and duck salad

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.

Truffled Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli Recipe

Grilled oysters with garlic butter

These on-trend oysters are a great way to start your romantic Valentine’s meal. They are rich with flavours of garlic and butter. Plus, they look impressive too.

Grilled Oysters with garlic butter

Seared tuna tataki

This simple Asian dish is super healthy and an alternative way to start your date night.

Seared tuna tataki

Scallops with pea and mint purée

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

Scallops with pea and mint purée

Scallops with Vietnamese herb sauce

These grilled scallops are super easy to make, low in calories and look impressive. Served with a vibrant Vietnamese herb sauce, this recipe is fresh and a great starter for 2.

Scallops with Vietnamese herb sauce

Easy Stilton soufflés

If you thought a souffles was something only to be attempted by skilled chefs, think again. This easy blue cheese souffles 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

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.

Open Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli Recipe

Breaded goat’s cheese stuffed with beetroot and ginger chutney

For all you goat’s cheese lovers out there, this is next-level goodness. The crunchiness of the breadcrumbs works wonders with the melting middle and the sweetness of the chutney to create the perfect flavour combination.

Chutney-stuffed goat's cheese

Whipped goat’s cheese with baked figs

Save time and still impress with this super-simple starter. Ready in 20 minutes, it’s perfect for a romantic date this Valentine’s Day.

Whipped goat's cheese with baked figs

Classic manti

These classic manti take quite a bit of work to make but are well worth it for a showstopping Valentine’s meal. A great way to start off an indulgent meal.


Main course

Hidden-egg-yolk ravioli with crispy sage and ’nduja oil

Check out this impressive homemade ravioli recipe with egg yolk and crispy sage. Putting egg yolks into the middle of the ravioli means that they burst when cut into, mixing with the ’nduja and ricotta to give you a delicious sauce.

Egg Filled Ravioli Recipe with Sage

Steak with chimichurri

Cook a steak for the one you love this Valentine’s Day and serve it with chimichurri – a punchy South American salsa that’ll heat things up a little.

Steak with chimichurri

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!

Spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine

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?

Angel Hair Pasta Recipe with Lobster

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.

Seared sea bass with fennel seeds and roasted sweet potatoes

Seabass baked in rock salt (pescado a la sal)

Crack the crust of at the table for maximum wow-factor on Valentine’s Day. This seabass recipe is filled with a Mediterranean mix of courgettes, peppers, asparagus, onions and sliced potatoes to add colour and texture.

Seabass baked in rock salt (pescado a la sal)

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.

Buttered radishes with lamb cutlets

Crab thermidor

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

Crab thermidor

Lobster mac ’n’ cheese

Everyone loves mac ’n’ cheese, but the addition of sweet, rich lobster turns this into a luxurious treat. Make it for the one you love this year.

Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe

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.

Chargrilled steak with Tabasco butter and avocado salad


Passion fruit panna cotta

Check out this super creamy passion fruit panna cotta. This quick and simple panna cotta recipe can be made easily in advance, plus it looks impressive too.

Passion fruit panna cotta recipe

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.

Rhubarb Mess with Candied Rosemary Recipe

Olive oil chocolate pots with orange and sea salt

These olive oil chocolate pots with orange and sea salt are seriously creamy and indulgent. They’re super simple to make and are an indulgent way to end your date night.

Olive Oil Chocolate Pots With Orange and Sea Salt Recipe

Pistachio and white chocolate soufflé

Impress your loved ones with these light-as-air pistachio and white chocolate soufflés for a showstopping Valentine’s Day dessert.

Pistachio and white chocolate soufflé

Nutty caramel tart with coffee ganache

Check out this impressive looking caramel tart from Edd Kimber. This decadent dessert recipe with nuts, chocolate ganache and coffee, is the perfect way to finish off your Valentines meal.

Caramel Tart Recipe with Chocolate Ganache, Nuts and Coffee

Chocolate fondant

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

Chocolate fondant recipe

Flourless chocolate cake (caprese)

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

Flourless chocolate cake (caprese)

Salted caramel chocolate fondants

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a chocolate fondant and we’ve made it even better by adding salted caramel.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Fondant Recipe

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!

Peanut butter fudge brownies

A foolproof traditional brownie recipe topped with indulgent peanut butter fudge. These easy decadent brownies are the ideal dinner party treat to serve with coffee, or an indulgent afternoon snack.

Peanut butter brownies

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

Barazek shortbreads (Black and white sesame and pistachio biscuits)

Barazek cookies or biscuits are thin, crispy and usually come with sesame and pistachios. They’re easy-to-make and are traditionally served as sweet treats in Syrian bakeries.

Barazek Shortbread Cookie Recipe (Black and White Sesame and Pistachio Biscuits)

Strawberry and cream donuts

We’ve taken the classic British combination, strawberries and cream and transformed it into a donut. These donuts are not only incredibly moreish and easy to make, they’re a perfect summertime treat.

Strawberry and Cream Doughnuts

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!

Homemade grenadine and Champagne cocktail recipe

Il aperitivo Italicus prosecco cocktail

With hints of lavender, rose and ripe citrus, this refreshing floral cocktail is a super easy drink to make for Valentine’s Day.

Italian Prosecco Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb and rose gin fizz

We’ve given a classic ramos gin fizz an update for Valentine’s Day, swapping the usual orange blossom water for rose water and adding a touch of homemade rhubarb syrup to give it a blush of pink. It’s delicate in flavour and creamy enough to replace dessert, and is bound to impress.

Rhubarb and rose gin fizz

Negroni sbagliato

Swapping the gin for prosecco makes for a lighter negroni and softens the bitterness, an ideal aperitif for those who find a classic negroni a bit much.

Negroni Cocktail Recipe - Negroni sbagliato: bright red cocktail served in a glass tumbler with an orange twist

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