Dinners for Two
Whether you're planning a luxurious evening at home or a casual dinner date for two, find the perfect recipes for your meal.
The French know a thing or two about romantic cooking. This Paris-inspired menu is the perfect example featuring Steamed Mussels, Bistro Roast Chicken, Pommes Frites with Chives, and finishing with a decadent Fudgy Espresso Soufflé.
A very hot oven quickly roasts the potatoes and finishes the chicken without overcooking. You can substitute fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise, for the small Yukon gold potatoes. Tarragon and mustard are a perfect pair—the herb's slightly sweet anise notes balance the mustard's pungency. Serve with Chile and Lime Roasted Carrots.
This simple, Tuscan-inspired stew is the perfect casual supper for two, though it can easily be doubled. Enjoy leftovers with a piece of whole-grain French bread baguette for dunking. Chop the fresh fennel fronds and stir a little into the shrimp mixture, top a fresh salad, or make a peso.
White wine and Dijon mustard are a classic bistro-style pair for chicken. Carrots add body and a touch of sweetness to the pan sauce, but you can leave them out, if you like. Slice the tomatoes horizontally to have a sturdier base and more surface area for the crispy topping.
Make sure the cast-iron skillet is hot before adding the steaks so that they get a nicely browned crust on both sides. We like both red and orange peppers, though just one color will work. In place of tenderloin steaks, you can also use top blade steaks or petite tenders.
The popular appetizer becomes a substantial summer entrée for two. Speed up prep time by having all of the ingredients ready in small bowls before assembling. Mirin has a sweet, slightly acidic flavor that rounds out the dipping sauce. Dry sherry will also work.
With just enough for two, flank steak, grilled simply with salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika, delivers bold flavor and complements the sweetness of the rice, which stars fresh cherries, toasted pecans, and sliced carrots.
A steak dinner for two feels date-night special, but this meal couldn't be easier. One 8-ounce strip steak is just enough for two; if you care for different levels of doneness, cut the steak in half before grilling.
Lamb loin chops look like minature T-bone steaks and are much leaner than lamb shoulder shops. If you can't find them, you can substitute 2 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks. Whole cumin seeds retain their flavor longer than ground cumin. Crush with a small heavy skillet.
The fragrant orange glaze caramelizes as the salmon quickly cooks under the broiler. To serve 4, double the salmon, glaze, and quinoa, and increase the water for the quinoa to 1¼ cups.
Filet Mignon with Mushroom-Wine Sauce is a quick but posh dinner for two. For easy sides, serve with packaged refrigerated mashed potatoes and bagged salad greens with bottled dressing.
Risotto must be served immediately so you can best savor its rich creaminess. With this version, there's just enough for two healthful portions. Complete the meal with a salad, bread, and crisp white wine.
The luxurious, velvety texture of a good pasta carbonara is ephemeral at best, so you must enjoy it right away. Tempering the egg with hot pasta water keeps the sauce creamy by preventing it from curdling. For a smoky taste, use bacon in place of pancetta.
Fluffy herb-flecked dumplings, tender vegetables, and rich dark-meat chicken combine in this soul-satisfying classic. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.
A touch of cream gives the slightly tangy sauce a silky-smooth finish in Pan-Seared Scallops on Linguine with Tomato-Cream Sauce. Be sure to serve this dish with bread so you can savor every drop of sauce.
This sophisticated yet cozy romantic meal features Roasted Lobster Tails paired with a Ginger Dipping Sauce as the main course. Side dishes include Snow Peas and Cherry Tomatoes and Bitter Greens With Tarragon Vinaigrette and Pine Nuts.
Make Ahead Tip: The dipping sauce that accompanies the lobster tails can be made up to five days in advance and refrigerated. Let it come to room temperature before adding the green onions.
Lightly breaded chicken thighs are seasoned with sage and white wine, topped with a tomato mixture, and served over polenta. Time-saving tip: while the chicken cooks, prepare the polenta.
Take a make-ahead approach to cook a memorable feast for your sweetheart featuring Fennel and Rosemary-Crusted Roasted Rack of Lamb, Truffled Polenta, and Spicy-Sweet Pepper Medley.
Threading olive oil-marinated shrimp on rosemary-branch skewers imparts a subtle herb flavor to the dish and a fantastic scent to your table. Rosemary has a long history of being associated with the heart. It has been believed by many to be a love charm, by others to be a token of remembrance and fidelity, and by some to be a potent aphrodisiac. Bamboo skewers also work quite well. Serve with steamed haricots verts.
This elegant seafood dish goes perfectly paired with spinach and scallion rice. Ready in just 20 minutes, it’s the perfect mid-week romantic meal for two.
Let your significant other know just how much you care with this breakfast omelet, made with black beans and cheddar cheese. It’ll be a wonderful way to start the day off right!
Try this simple, elegant recipe for date night at home. Scallops cook quickly and are packed with delicious flavor. This dish serves well with wide rice noodles and sugar snap peas.
This luxurious meal for two uses a sweet apple-thyme sauce for an exquisite aroma and taste. Tip: To prevent the apple from turning brown, chop it while the sauce is cooking down.
Crusty individual bread rounds are stuffed with succulent crab and topped with a buttery wine sauce. Serve with white wine or champagne.
Make-ahead tip: Prepare the bread shells and crab filling up to a day ahead of time. Just store the shells at room temperature in a zip-top plastic bag, and refrigerate the crab filling.
A gordita, which means "little fat one" in Spanish (no offense intended), is a thick corn tortilla. In this recipe, we used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make sweet designs – perfect when creating this dish for someone special. Also, because gorditas are more practical to make in larger quantities, this recipe makes enough for two meals.
This pork chop dinner for two uses a hint of brown sugar to round out the flavors of the smoky, robust spice rub. Serve with roasted veggies and a glass of sweet Riesling.