The Best Valentine's Day Recipes of All Time
Valentine’s Day is the heavenly day when we get to nibble on heart-shaped boxes full of chocolates and candies—and sometimes Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets—in lieu of the usual suspects like apple slices, Cheez-its, and yogurt cups. So why not serve a date night meal that feels just as special? When it comes to picking Valentine’s Day dinner recipes, make the menu something to remember. No, make it something so good that Cupid himself would be smitten. First, skip the casseroles. (Because casseroles just aren’t that romantic. There, we said it.) Second, don't be afraid to be a little kitschy. Slow-cooked braised lamb shanks? Molten red velvet cakes? Now that’s a menu that’ll make us blush. This year, we’ve got you covered with soups, salads, main dishes, and desserts that’ll be sure to win over every sweetheart, secret admirer, and suitor. These 40 Valentine’s Day recipes will leave them lovestruck.
Grilled Steak with Blistered Beans and Peppers
Full of buttery, herby flavor, this cast-iron steak recipe feels special enough to enjoy with a glass of red wine on Valentine's Day.
Braised Lamb Shanks with Parmesan-Chive Grits
Considering how fancy and date night-worthy this dish looks, you’d never guess that this sophisticated dish was made in a slow cooker.
Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce
Recipe: Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
This traditional meat sauce makes a comforting choice for Valentine's Day—and it's perfect for busy cooks. You can set it in the slow cooker and leave it alone.
Best-Ever Crab Cakes with Green Tomato Slaw
Celebrate the day of love with pure crispy decadence—in the form of these best-ever crab cakes. Serve as a main dish or an appetizer!
Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Cups
Recipe: Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Cups
Filled with ooey-gooey caramel and topped with crunchy pecans, these chocolate cookie cups are definitely making us feel the love.
Red Velvet Thumbprints
Recipe: Red Velvet Thumbprints
These cheery cookies are colored for the occasion.
Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes
Recipe: Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes
Not single. Not double. Triple chocolate. Because we're going for the gold.
Garlicky Roasted Spatchcock Chicken
Have you heard the rumor that making roasted chicken increases your odds of getting a proposal? It's not exactly science, but this recipe might help.
Romaine with Creamy Olive Dressing
For just a slight nibble and palate cleanser, this salad recipe packs a flavorful punch. When you have a homemade dressing this good, romaine is about all you need.
Recipe: Crab-and-Bacon Linguine
White wine, heavy cream, and bacon combine to make a pan sauce that feels oh-so indulgent. As if crab linguine even needs help in that department...
Buttery Chive-and-Mustard Drop Biscuits
Give your buttermilk biscuits a special makeover for a fancy date night.
No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
Do you have a Reese's Cup lover in your midst? This mile-high creamy pie is just what you need to really impress.
Molten Red Velvet Cakes
Recipe: Molten Red Velvet Cakes
Molten and miniature, these red velvet cakes basically scream "Valentine's Day-worthy."
Fontina-Stuffed Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes
Get ready to hit all of the cheesy, creamy notes with these stuffed pork chops. Buttery, semisoft Fontina melts so beautifully even Cupid would blush.
Roasted Tomato-Cheddar Soup
Recipe: Roasted Tomato-Cheddar Soup
This classic soup with a cheesy twist is always a great pick, especially on cold winter nights.
Cheese Sauce over Cauliflower
Recipe: Cheese Sauce over Cauliflower
When this creamy cheese sauce covers your cauliflower, you'll know dinner is ready to be served. (Because you won't be able to resist.)
Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream
Is there really any reason to not make this easy, decadent, and oh-so-yummy chocolate fudge cake? Didn't think so.
Recipe: Ginger-Plum Slump
Something about warm, stewed fruits in a cast-iron skillet makes us swoon. This ginger-plum recipe feels worlds away from your basic peach cobbler.
Creamy Rice with Scallops
Recipe: Creamy Rice with Scallops
Scallops are the steak of the sea—so splurge this Valentine's Day by making these and serving with risotto-like creamy rice.
Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Sausage and Kale Pesto Pizza
Recipe: Sausage and Kale Pesto Pizza
"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore..." Make it a fun activity, and get your partner to help you make this deep-dish skillet pizza.
Butterscotch Pie with Whiskey Caramel Sauce
It had us at butterscotch pie, but the whiskey-caramel sauce really seals the deal. Have leftovers? Use the sauce for drizzling over ice cream, pound cake, and warm apple pie.
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
Cupid will make a special appearance for these intensely rich chocolate cookies. So rich, in fact, they snub even a pinch of flour.
Pasta with Shrimp and Tomato Cream Sauce
Maybe you didn't get to take that romantic weekend to the beach—or maybe you did. Either way, this pasta gives a taste of the coast.
Pork Chops with Tomato-Bacon Gravy
The tomato-bacon pan gravy is truly the star of this easy and cozy Valentine's Day dinner.
Seared Hanger Steak with Braised Greens and Grapes
Nothing like a tender slab of red meat to really ramp up the romance, hmm? The braised greens don't hurt, either.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Two Southern favorites—cheesecake and banana pudding—create one show-stopping dessert your significant other will love.
Tres Leches Cake
Recipe: Tres Leches Cake
Bake this a day before serving so it soaks up the creamy syrup. These mini cakes are light and spongey like angel food cake, but packed with the flavor of nutmeg, coffee, and sweetened condensed milk.
Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing
We're here to impress, right? Skip the crab cakes—so expected. Try your hand at these salmon cakes, instead.
Ziti with Mushroom, Fennel, and Tomato Ragu
Think your Ragu has to filled with ground beef? Not today. Try this fresh, super flavorful version instead, and it'll have you seeing hearts.
Turkey with Shallot-Mustard Sauce and Roasted Potatoes
The turkey cooks in the slow cooker for ultimate hands-off ease in this Valentines' Day dinner that would impress company, too.
Recipe: Chocolate Parfaits
Are you an unabashed chocoholic? Valentine's Day shan't disppoint, especially if it ends with these creamy and cool layered parfaits.
Red-and-White Meringue Kisses
Recipe: Red-and-White Meringue Kisses
Sweets for your sweet. This recipe makes about three dozen "kisses," which means you'll definitely get your point across.
Recipe: Cherry-Nectarine Pandowdy
Achy, breaky heart? Try ooey, gooey dessert! Nectarines and cherries make a fabulous duo.
Yellow Gazpacho with Herbed Goat Cheese Toasts
Start dinner off on a light, refreshing note. This sunny gazpacho found its soulmate in herbed goat cheese toasts.
Recipe: Oysters Rockefeller
Oysters are heralded as one of the most romantic foods—so serve them up with a Southern twist by making this dish that originated in New Orleans.
Roasted Tomato, Salami, and Mozzarella Pasta
It's like an antipasto salad—but better. Serve this dish to any Italian cuisine lover, and he's going to be straight smitten.
Pork-and-Shaved Vegetable Salad
Recipe: Pork-and-Shaved Vegetable Salad
A mixture of fresh vegetables, tender pork, crispy bacon, and candied pecans comes together for a hearty, delicious salad that could stand alone on date night.
Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Make your date night feel young again. This skillet cookie should be served warm with a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
Recipe: Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
"My love for you is as strong yet tender as the peaks on my meringue pie." At least, that's what we'd say.