Our Best Date-Night Recipes for Two
There are plenty of recipes worthy of a special occasion like a date night at home, but most are designed to serve at least four people. While that's not always an issue—who doesn't want a lovely leftover meal for lunch or dinner?—there are some times when a home cook may not want the excess ingredients or food on hand. When that's the case, these recipes for two are exactly what you need.
This collection of two-serving recipes includes cocktails and appetizers to start the night off, several main courses and exciting side dishes to enjoy them with, and a spectacular dessert for a sweet finish. Start with a sip of our very romantic Pink Gin Martini—its rose-colored hue speaks Valentine's Day, thanks to the inclusion of cherry kirsch. Looking for a drink that offers a little more kick? Try our recipe for a Habanero-Hibiscus Sour; a sweet simple syrup made with habanero chiles and dried hibiscus flowers creates a bouquet of flavor.
When it comes to the main course, nothing says a special date night dinner like a juicy steak served with roasted vegetables or a crisp salad. We have plenty of recipes including a dressed-up Rib-Eye with Jalapeño Butter, as well as a more classic Flat-Iron Steak au Poivre. Serve either with this next-level Radicchio Salad with Chopped-Lemon Dressing. Finish the meal off with rich and decadent Chocolate-Mousse Parfaits. They're topped with a lightly sweetened whipped cream and crushed spice cookies (yet another reason to dig in).
Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, Valentine's Day, or just spending some quality time with your partner, these recipes for two are worthy of romantic dinner any night of the week.
Pink Gin Martinis
Stacked Bibb Lettuces with Lemon Cream
We're calling this the easiest, most unexpected salad ever. A combination of heavy cream and lemon juice takes the place of a traditional vinaigrette to dress big Bibb lettuce leaves.
Roasted Game Hen with Root Vegetables
Seared Scallops with Celery and Golden Raisin Salad
Fondue for Two
Smoky Serrano-Mint Margarita
Roasted Branzino with Lemon and Thyme
So much easier than pan-searing and just as impressive is this oven-roasted branzino. It's flavored with just four ingredients—lemon, thyme, salt, and pepper—which let the sweet, flaky fish shine.
Thai Cucumber Salad
Brothy Mussels with Oven Fries
Skillet Steak with Pink-Peppercorn Butter
Nothing says "romantic dinner" for two like a juicy, rich steak. Here, we're using a boneless rib-eye and build flavor with an easy homemade butter.
Quick-Braised Red Snapper
If you've never cooked a whole fish before, this recipe is the perfect place to start. Quick, flavorful, and so impressive, it's a dish that guarantees you'll score a second date.
Flat-Iron Steak au Poivre
Au poivre refers to a specific sauce made with crushed black peppercorns, cognac, Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock, and heavy cream. We recommend using flat-iron steaks, which are inexpensive, juicy, and just a little fatty. Serve with a side salad or roasted potatoes.
Dan Dan Noodles
Honeynut Squash, Leek, and Brie Gratin
Whether you serve this as a main or a side, this rich, cheesy vegetarian recipe is sure to please.
Give shrimp a hint of heat by coating them in a combination of mayonnaise and Sriracha. Serve over steamed rice, crisp lettuce, or stirred into rice noodles for an Asian-inspired entrée.
Radicchio Salad with Chopped-Lemon Dressing
Pop Rocks Cosmopolitan
Take a sip of nostalgia with this pomegranate-flavored cosmopolitan; the key is coating the rim of each glass in crushed Pop Rock candy, which will crackle and explode as you drink.
Soy-Honey-Glazed Arctic Char
Rib-Eye with Jalapeño Butter
Looking for a juicy main course for a warm summer night? Make this grilled rib-eye steak with a spicy butter for bonus flavor. We suggest pairing it with one of the chile-infused cocktails in this gallery.
Flounder in Parchment with Asparagus and Shiitakes
Cooking fish in parchment is a wonderful way to keep the meat flaky and tender. Plus, it makes for easy clean-up, too. Win-win!