50 Romantic Valentine's Day Meals For Two

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While going to a restaurant for Valentine's Day is often the standard, it can be even more romantic to share a Valentine's Day meal for two alone together at home. Light some candles and put on some mood music, and you don't have to worry about anything but each other.

While you could choose complicated dishes like lobster ravioli or chicken cordon bleu, you can still impress with simple cacio e pepe or even spaghetti and meatballs. The fact that you took the time and effort to make a meal for your Valentine is a message from the heart. We're including 50 romantic meal ideas that include charcuterie, French cuisine, breakfast for dinner, vegetarian options, meat and potato dishes, and everything in between. And the best news is that most of them are surprisingly simple, giving you plenty of time to focus on each other. So, pick out a great dish and a good accompanying bottle of wine to start making this Valentine's Day a memorable event.

1. Simple spaghetti and meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs may sound ordinary, but it worked for Lady and the Tramp. This easy meal is especially nice with extras like crusty French bread and a refreshing salad, both of which you can buy already prepared. Making your spaghetti from scratch in the slow cooker gives it a personalized twist that is easy for even the timidest cook, but it shows you went the extra mile even if you buy the meatballs pre-made.

Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs

2. Valentine's Day charcuterie board

A Valentine's Day charcuterie board contains not only your main-course foods like ham, salami, and cheese, but it has healthy fruit and fun dessert items. The crowning glory of this charcuterie board is the salami rose, which even the least artistic person can master. So, put on your favorite Valentine's Day movie, and take this board to the living room for eating and noshing. It certainly beats out popcorn. Plus, you can personalize it to contain your sweetie's faves.

Recipe: Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board

3. Easy butter chicken

Indian food may seem complicated, but it's not as difficult as it seems at first glance. So, this is the perfect dish to impress an Indian food lover. The initial prep time is only 20 minutes, yet it yields tasty results. Plus, there are only five spices in it, many of which are probably already in your cupboard. Serve it up with piping-hot basmati rice and naan bread, and you have a meal you won't believe didn't come from an Indian restaurant.

Recipe: Easy Butter Chicken

4. Baked salmon with fresh ginger

For more Chinese-inspired flavors, why not give ginger-baked salmon a try? It mixes sweet and savory for a mouth-watering dish that is sure to please. This restaurant-worthy recipe allows you to skip the crowds and enjoy each other's uninterrupted company. Soy sauce and sesame oil provide plenty of umami goodness, honey and mirin add sweetness, while ginger and Sriracha add extra flavor and heat. Serve it alongside rice and roasted green veggies like asparagus or broccoli for a lovely yet simple Valentine's Day dinner.

Recipe: Easy fresh ginger and salmon

5. Heart-shaped Valentine's Day pancakes

These perfectly heart-shaped pancakes are an excellent breakfast-for-dinner choice or a morning Valentine's Day surprise. The trick to getting them perfectly heart-shaped is to use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to form them. Serve them with your choice of berries or other fruit, along with honey or maple syrup. For even more fun, consider topping them with whipped cream. This vegetarian Valentine's Day meal is an excellent way to start or end the day with a heart theme.

Recipe: Valentine's Day Pancakes

6. Fondue

If co-mingling during dinner sounds romantic, then you'll want to consider the idea of fondue. You can start with a cheese fondue for dinner and then progress to a chocolate fondue for dessert. While it's not entirely necessary to have a dedicated fondue set, it can make the experience that much more special. You can dip everything from French bread to vegetables, fruit, or meat in the cheese fondue. Then progress to dipping fruit, cookies, and marshmallows in the chocolate fondue for dessert.

Recipes: Copycat Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue Recipe and Classic Chocolate Fondue Recipe

7. Effortless French toast casserole

Even someone who never cooks can master French toast casserole. This vegetarian Valentine's Day dish is as sweet as it is beautiful. You simply put a buttery brown sugar mixture in the casserole dish, add torn pieces of brioche bread, and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top. After it comes out of the oven, you can make it look super fancy with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and fresh fruit. It takes minimal effort but yields gorgeous and tasty results.

Recipe: Easy French Toast Casserole

8. Creamy mushroom chicken

Rich and creamy dishes are an indulgence worthy of Valentine's Day. This romantic dish is likely to be on repeat for many Valentine's Days to come. Mushroom chicken is a simple dish you can cook in a skillet that tastes far more expensive than it is to make. It gets its rich flavor from heavy cream, Dijon mustard, white wine, garlic, onion powder, and herbs. Serve it over egg noodles or rice and pair it with a nice white wine or even champagne.

Recipe: Skillet Mushroom Chicken

9. Penne pasta alla vodka

Adding vodka to your pasta sauce allows you to meld together tomatoes and cream with an extra depth they wouldn't have on their own. So, making penne pasta alla vodka is an impressive way to zhush up pasta for Valentine's Day. Adding freshly-grated hard cheese like parmesan on top will add even more flavor to your vegetarian Valentine's Day meal. Consider serving it with garlic bread fresh from the oven and perhaps a simple homemade salad.

Recipe: Easy Pasta Alla Vodka

10. Salisbury steak

There's nothing wrong with making comfort food for Valentine's Day. It says you care and that you value familiarity. Creamy, meaty Salisbury steak combines meaty goodness with an onion and mushroom cream sauce that tastes like home. Forming the "steaks" into smaller meatballs makes it easier to eat without having to employ a knife. Serve it over a bed of egg noodles or fluffy mashed potatoes, and you have a dish that's going to leave both of you satisfied with your meal and each other.

Recipe: Bobby Flay's Salisbury Steak Recipe With a Twist

11. Simple scallops alfredo

Scallops always seem special because they don't show up on restaurant menus too often. If you have a fresh seafood supplier nearby, you can grab a pound of them on the way home and have them prepped and cooked in under 10 minutes. The recipe gets its creaminess from butter, fresh parmesan cheese, and heavy cream. Onions, garlic, and parsley imbue it with flavor. Frozen peas and fresh parsley added toward the end of the cooking process made it a gorgeous dish to serve atop your favorite pasta.

Recipe: Easy Scallops Alfredo

12. Marry me chicken

Don't make Marry Me Chicken unless you mean business. Once your partner tastes this dish, they'll want to make sure you continue to cook delectable dishes like this for them for life. The sauce for this chicken contains heavy cream, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes. But what really makes it special is the addition of sun-dried tomatoes. It's the "marriage" of the cream and sun-dried tomatoes that takes this dish into the stratosphere of flavor. Add fresh basil over the top and serve it over your favorite type of pasta, with an engagement ring on the side.

Recipe: Marry Me Chicken

13. Easy paella

Paella sounds like something that should take ages and tons of effort to make, but it really only requires about 10 minutes of prep before cooking. Any dish that has been making people happy for hundreds of years is a good candidate to please your Valentine. Not only does this paella contain shrimp, but it features the spiciness of chorizo sausage. Since it already contains peas and rice, it's a self-contained meal. Smoked paprika, saffron, and cayenne pepper add a depth of flavor that will have you both going for seconds.

Recipe: Paella

14. Homemade fresh herb pasta

Making homemade pasta with a pasta machine takes time and work and says to your Valentine that they're worth the effort. You'll likely spend several hours prepping and making your homemade pasta, but the end results are absolutely tasty. We like to suggest making fresh herb pasta instead of ordinary plain pasta for Valentine's Day as a special treat. Fresh rosemary, thyme, or other herbs can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Because you will want the flavor of the pasta to shine, you'll want to choose simple toppings like freshly-grated cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or pistachios.

Recipe: Homemade Pasta

15. Heart-shaped pizza

Making heart-shaped pizza is a creative way to get your Valentine's Day message across to the one you love. If you use a store-bought pizza crust dough or dough mix, along with premade pizza sauce, the process will be fairly fool-proof. The most simple toppings for a heart-shaped pizza are fresh mozzarella and fresh basil, making the dish vegetarian. However, you can add as many of your favorite pizza toppings as you'd like. It's fine to serve the pizza alone or with a fresh salad.

Recipe: Heart-shaped pizza

16. Bourbon chicken

If you're cooking for a whiskey lover, making bourbon chicken will speak to their heart. It's a spicy, sweet, and sticky Chinese-inspired recipe that only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook. Bourbon, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, honey, and rice wine vinegar blend perfectly for the sauce. Meanwhile, onion, garlic, smoked paprika, and cayenne give it more depth. Serve it over sticky rice, and consider a vegetable side like steamed broccoli for a complete meal.

Recipe: Sweet and Tangy Bourbon Chicken

17. Slow-cooked smothered steak

Steak can be a tricky meat to get just right at home, but you can guarantee success for your meat and potatoes lover with a slow-cooker version of smothered steak. It takes only five minutes of prep and four hours of slow-cooking time for steak perfection. With onions, mushrooms, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, herbs, and beef broth, it packs plenty of flavors. Serve it over mashed potatoes with a sprinkling of fresh parsley for a dish that looks and tastes like you worked harder on it than you really did.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Smothered Steak

18. Individual beef wellingtons

Individual steaks and mushrooms inside a flakey crust can be nothing short of impressive for a Valentine's Day meal. The beauty of beef Wellington is that, if you use pre-made puff pastry dough, it's a lot simpler to make than it looks. You'll start off by making a mushroom sauce and searing the steaks. Then, all you have to do is top the steaks with the mushroom sauce, wrap them in puff pastry dough, and brush them with an egg wash before baking for 20 minutes. It really is that easy.

Recipe: Easy Individual Beef Wellingtons

19. Grilled steak au poivre

Steak au poivre sounds fancy, but it's simply peppered steak with a creamy brandy-infused sauce with shallots and garlic. Still, cooking a French dish for Valentine's Day always insinuates you went all out even if it's a fairly simple recipe. Serve it with healthy, grilled veggies like zucchini, asparagus, or green beans. Roasted potatoes are a better choice than mashed potatoes since the sauce is slightly sweet from the brandy rather than being like gravy.

Recipe: Grilled Steak Au Poivre

20. Coq au vin

The French dish coq au vin (cock with wine) is a richly-flavored chicken dish that is far less complicated than it sounds. It only takes ten minutes to prep, so the two of you can enjoy the rest of the wine while it cooks for an hour. This flavorful dish contains a sauce made with butter, wine, chicken stock, and herbs, along with vegetables like carrots and onions. Salt pork, bacon, or pancetta further enhances the dish's flavor. You'll want to serve it with something to soak up the wine sauce, like French bread, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles.

Recipe: Easy Coq Au Vin

21. Swiss steak

Swiss steak is another comfort Valentine's Day dish that tastes like eating at grandma's house, which isn't a bad thing for Valentine's Day if you want your meal to have homey vibes. In the Instant Pot, you end up with foolproof Swiss steak with far less mess than the stovetop version. You'll start out by searing your steak before adding in beef stock, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, garlic, and pepper. Once the cooking time is over, you'll simply need to stir in some cornstarch to thicken up the sauce. Easy peasy. Swiss steak tastes amazing over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

Recipe: Instant Pot Swiss Steak

22. Smothered pork chops

If you've snagged yourself a pork chop man (or lady), smothered pork chops are sure to please for Valentine's Day. It's an easy dish to accomplish in the Instant Pot. You start by sautéeing onions, mushrooms, and herbs. Then, all that's left to do is add the pork chops, chicken broth, and soy sauce. When the pork chops or done, you'll simply need to thicken up the sauce with cornstarch and whipping cream. You can go full meat and potatoes with this dish with a side of mashed potatoes or add a veggie like green beans or steamed broccoli if you'd like.

Recipe: Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops

23. Shrimp and grits

Shrimp and grits seem to be on every restaurant menu these days, and with good reason: They make mouths happy. This southern comfort food is an excellent option for a tasty, yet fairly simple Valentine's Day meal for two. Caramelized onions and lemon-juice-cooked shrimp are the keys to flavorful success for shrimp and grits. Topped with parmesan cheese and parsley, you've got the first component of a southern-style Valentine's Day meal. Consider pairing it with southern sides like fried green tomatoes, fried okra, or coleslaw to make the meal complete.

Recipe: Bobby Flay's Shrimp and Grits With a Twist

24. Chicken cordon bleu

Cutting into a chicken cordon bleu is always a pleasure and can be a tasty way to celebrate Valentine's Day with the one you love. While the flattening, stuffing, and frying process does take a little effort, the finished product is always worth it. Plus, flattening the meat with a hammer can be quite fun and cathartic. After serving fried chicken stuffed with Dijon mustard, melty Swiss cheese, and savory ham once, you're probably going to be asked for a repeat of this dish. So, feel free to trot it out on other special occasions.

Recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu

25. Grilled churrasco

While churrasco hasn't become popular in North America yet, it's quite common in South American countries like Brazil and Argentina. Because of its novelty and tastiness, this grilled skirt steak with delightful chimichurri sauce is sure to make mouths happy on Valentine's Day. Skirt steak has traditionally been a cheaper cut of meat, but it certainly won't seem like it since chimichurri is such a flavor explosion. Serve it with your favorite sides for grilled steak, like coleslaw, baked potatoes, and grilled veggies.

Recipe: Grilled Churrasco

26. Cacio e pepe

Cacio e pepe is one of the most simple dishes you can make for Valentine's Day, but it's surprisingly full of flavor. All you need for cacio e pepe is spaghetti, butter, freshly ground black pepper, and a hard cheese or two like Pecorino Romano and Parmesan. That's it. Chances are that you have everything in your cupboard and refrigerator right now to pull off V-Day brilliance on the fly. Pair it with a salad and possibly some grilled veggies, and you're golden.

Recipe: Cacio e Pepe

27. Chicken parmesan

Skip the expensive Italian restaurant and make your own scrumptious chicken parmesan at home for Valentine's Day. It's a two-step process that involves breading and baking the chicken cutlets and then baking the chicken again after it's covered in mozzarella cheese and herbed tomato sauce. Don't forget to grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the top once it's on your plate. You can serve it with or without pasta, and it will go well with a salad and steamed veggies.

Recipe: Chicken Parmesan

28. Engagement chicken

At least two famous couples credit Ina Garten's roast chicken recipe for their engagement; Emily Blunt and John Krasinski and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (via TODAY). So, if you're willing to show your commitment to your relationship and to making this roast chicken for many years to come, go ahead and make engagement chicken for Valentine's Day. The recipe starts out with ordinary ingredients like rosemary (or thyme) and garlic, but the key to its success lies in mayonnaise (or butter), onion slices, and orange (or lemon). Be sure to have a ring picked out by the time the chicken is done.

Recipe: Ina Garten's Roast Chicken With a Twist

29. Easy boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon (Burgundy beef) is a classic French dish you've likely seen in chef Julia Child's cookbooks. While the cooking time of nearly three hours may seem daunting, the prep time is under ten minutes. So, as long as you have three hours to wait, it's a very accessible French recipe for Valentine's Day. The bulk of the recipe comes from beef, carrots, and onions, which sounds like an ordinary stew. But the Burgundy wine and French herbs turn it into a hearty, rich meal worthy of Valentine's Day. You'll want to serve it with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or crusty bread.

Recipe: Anthony Bourdain's Boeuf Bourghignon With a Twist

30. Cannelloni

Making a stuffed, homemade dish for Valentine's Day showcases the extra effort you're willing to put into the relationship. With all the cheesy Italian goodness in cannelloni, you can't go wrong. This vegetarian Valentine's Day pasta is stuffed with spinach, garlic, basil, and four kinds of cheeses: ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, and a shredded cheese blend of your choice. It's covered with yummy pasta sauce and more cheese before being baked in the oven until bubbly and hot.

Recipe: Cheesy Spinach Cannelloni

31. Easy stuffed shells

If stuffed cannelloni sounds a little too involved or you're not a fan of spinach or basil, making stuffed shells is simpler. However, it can be just as satisfying for Valentine's Day. This vegetarian V-Day recipe is simply stuffed with ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese before being smothered in marinara sauce and more cheese for baking. You don't have to be a whiz in the kitchen or have to chop a single thing to be able to impress with this dish.

Recipe: Easy Stuffed Shells

32. Spiced lamb chops

Lamb is not a meat that you often see in the grocery store in the USA, so making spiced lamb chops as a Valentine's Day meal can be quite special. Likely, you'll have to go to a dedicated butcher to find your lamb chops. These bake in a rub of avocado oil, sumac, garlic powder, and thyme for less than 30 minutes. You can find tangy-tasting sumac in a Middle Eastern grocery store if you don't already have some in your cupboard. These go great with rice pilaf and fresh green beans.

Recipe: Simple Spiced Lamb Chops

33. Broiled lobster tails

Splurging on lobster tells your special someone that they're worth it. However, making the lobster yourself for a Valentine's Day meal is even more impressive. Broiling your lobster quickly under high heat allows the lobster meat to caramelize and helps bring out the best flavor in the meat. When served with a compound butter of pepper, lemon juice, tarragon, and garlic, you will have a home-cooked lobster that's just as good or better than what you could get in a restaurant. Serve it with baked potatoes or risotto and a side of green vegetables like broccoli or green beans.

Recipe: Broiled Lobster Tails

34. Clam Linguine

You don't have to live near the ocean to create a delightful clam linguine to enjoy as a couple for Valentine's Day. A can of minced clams works just as well as fresh clams. It's a fairly simple dish with a non-cream sauce. Other than clams, all you need on hand to make it is linguine pasta, olive oil, garlic, white wine, lemon, and parsley. Clam linguine pairs nicely with roasted asparagus or Brussels sprouts and garlic bread.

Recipe: Easy White Clam Sauce Linguine

35. Easy carbonara

There's a reason every new incarnation of the Sims seems to feature carbonara as a favorite dish. With just a few ingredients, you can create a dish that tastes far more complicated. You'll find that it's a comforting and tasty dish to serve to the one you love on Valentine's Day. All you need is spaghetti or linguine noodles, bacon, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic to pull this dish off. It's rich and satisfying just as it is. But some toasty garlic bread and a side salad can be a welcome addition to the meal.

Recipe: Simple Pasta Carbonara

36. Creamy mushroom risotto

Mushroom risotto is a rich and satisfying vegetarian dish to serve as the main course or accompaniment to a Valentine's Day meal like broiled lobster tails. With risotto rice, onions, garlic, butter, vegetable stock, and Parmesan cheese, it can be quite filling. Risotto is a labor of love because it involves a lot of hands-on stirring time in the beginning. But the results are well worth all the exertion involved. A side of steamed broccoli or grilled asparagus goes well with the risotto.

Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Risotto

37. Lobster macaroni and cheese

Lobster macaroni combines high-end seafood with the comforts of homemade macaroni for an indulgent Valentine's dish that is sure to please seafood lovers. To do this dish right, you're going to want to use high-quality natural aged and sharp cheddar in the bechamel sauce. A little smoked paprika and nutmeg add even more depth of flavor to this southern dish. Roasted asparagus, coleslaw, and green beans almondine make excellent choices as lobster macaroni and cheese accompaniments.

Recipe: Chef Jernard Wells' New Soul Kitchen Lobster Macaroni

38. Ramen

When we suggest that you serve ramen for your Valentine's Day meal, we don't suggest merely adding a few frozen veggies to the mix. Instead, you want a bowl of ramen that's bursting with toppings like boiled eggs, red onions, chili peppers, limes, Napa cabbage, cilantro, mint, green onions, bean sprouts, and roasted peanuts. And you'll want to throw away the seasoning packet that comes with your noodles in favor of a homemade broth made with flavoring components like fresh ginger, lemongrass, and star anise. Who needs to go to a ramen noodle shop when you can make delightfully fresh ramen for two at home?

Recipe: Ramen

39. Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala is one of the most popular menu items at Indian restaurants. If you have enough spices in your cabinet, you can easily make it at home for a Valentine's Day treat. While the ingredient list looks long, most of the ingredients are spices you can pick up from your local grocery store or Indian grocery store. The prep time is only 15 minutes, but you'll want to allow an hour of cooking time for all the flavors to meld together. Serve it with hot basmati rice and naan bread.

Recipe: Simple Chicken Tikka Masala

40. Smoked chicken Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo is a pretty impressive dish in itself, but you can make it even more special for Valentine's Day using smoked chicken. While you could smoke the chicken yourself, there are shortcuts available like picking some up from your local barbecue restaurant or cooking your chicken with smoked salt or liquid smoke. In addition to smoked chicken, you'll need fettuccine pasta, butter, heavy cream, garlic, and Parmesan cheese to accomplish this delightful dish. Serve it with a salad and garlic bread, and you'll have a restaurant-level meal at home.

Recipe: Smoked Chicken Alfredo

41. Chateaubriand

Chateaubriand is an impressive classic French roast meat dish that is far easier to prepare than it looks. If you're looking for a fancy dish for a meat lover for Valentine's Day, this could very well be the one for you. The recipe takes two hours to make, which includes one hour with the salted meat resting in the fridge and about an hour total of cooking time. The part that makes this dish so impressive is the compound butter topping, which is infused with shallots, garlic, black pepper, and Italian parsley. Try serving it with roasted potatoes and green beans or asparagus.

Recipe: Chateaubriand

42. Creamy shrimp diablo

To spice things up this Valentine's Day, consider a spicy and creamy shrimp pasta dish that's fancy without being overly difficult to prepare. The Parmesan and cream cheese sauce get its smoky and spicy flavor from garlic, chipotle in adobo, cayenne pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Topped with cilantro and a squeeze of lime, this dish is set to impress. While it's excellent on its own, you might consider serving it alongside Mexican-inspired sides like grilled corn or a Mexican-inspired side salad.

Recipe: Creamy Shrimp Diablo

43. Surf and turf

Should you make steak or seafood for your love? There's no reason to have to choose if you go for surf and turf this Valentine's Day. The best thing about sheet pan surf and turf is that you end up making your entire meal at once with no need to make any additional side items. Sweet potatoes and asparagus cook alongside New York strip steaks and extra-large shrimp. Of course, not all of these items take the same amount of time to cook, so you'll need to set your timer to add additional ingredients to the sheet pan when it's their time. Still, it's a simple way to make an impressive meal.

Recipe: Easy Sheet Pan Surf and Turf

44. Homemade lobster ravioli

It is entirely within your reach to make lobster ravioli from scratch. Your Valentine will be wowed by the effort and taste of this delectable dish. There are three parts to this dish: the ravioli dough, the lobster ravioli filling, and the cream sauce. Lobster ravioli is made even more special by the inclusion of goat cheese in the filling. Surprisingly, there are only 20 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of cooking time involved in making this fancy dish, so you don't have to work for hours to create something out of the ordinary for your sweetie.

Recipe: Homemade Lobster Ravioli

45. Tuscan chicken

The delightful Meditteranean flavors of Tuscan chicken make a real impression on Valentine's Day. Not only is the chicken seasoned with Italian seasonings, but the creamy sauce is highly flavored with rosemary, garlic, shallots, and sun-dried tomatoes. Baby spinach is a healthy last-minute addition to this dish. The sauce is so yummy that you'll want something to use to soak it up, like fettuccine noodles, focaccia bread, or a fresh loaf of crusty French bread.

Recipe: Tuscan Chicken

46. Red wine braised short ribs

Nothing says you're comfortable with each other than eating messy food like ribs together. While you'd think that red wine braised short ribs wouldn't be easy to make at home, it only requires about 10 minutes of preparation. Rosemary, oregano, tomato paste, red wine, garlic, and beef stock provide plenty of flavor to this dish. It also contains onions, carrots, and celery, in addition to the short ribs. So, all you need is a starch like rice or mashed potatoes to make your meal complete.

Recipe: Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

47. Panang curry

If you're looking for a curry recipe for Valentine's Day that contains both meat and veggies, Panang curry is your best bet. In addition to chicken, this Thai curry contains bell peppers, onions, basil leaves. and kaffir lime leaves. Garlic, ginger, Panang curry paste, lime juice, coconut milk, and peanuts help to round out the flavor of this delicious dish. You might consider serving a fresh spring roll with peanut dipping sauce as an appetizer for this dish.

Recipe: Panang Curry

48. Chicken schnitzel

Sometimes, the way to the heart is with fried foods. Chicken schnitzel is easy to make and only requires dredging the chicken in eggs, flour, and breadcrumbs before frying. As a traditional German dish, you may consider serving it with German sides like German potato salad, homemade spaetzle noodles, or German cucumber salad. Schnitzel is also tasty with homemade mushroom gravy slathered on top, especially if you're serving it alongside spaetzle or egg noodles.

Recipe: Easy Chicken Schnitzel

49. Caprese chicken

For a fresher-tasting take on Valentine's Day chicken, why not go for baked Caprese chicken? Caprese chicken is technically baked chicken with a Caprese salad on top. But you allow the mozzarella cheese to melt on top of the chicken before topping it with fresh tomatoes, chiffonaded basil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze. All the fresh ingredients in Caprese chicken can be a welcome change of pace, bringing a bit of summer to February.

Recipe: Easy Caprese Chicken Bake

50. Snow crab legs

If you can get fresh snow crabs, making snow crab legs for Valentine's Day can be a romantic gesture. The snow crabs steam over a pot of butter, shallots, garlic, wine, and tarragon for five to seven minutes. Then, you serve it with melted butter and lemon juice. It's fairly easy but impressive. Just be sure you have crab crackers and tools on hand, so you don't have to embarrassingly raid your toolbox for dinner. Coleslaw, rice, and steamed veggies are excellent side dish choices for crab legs.

Recipe: Flavorful Steamed Crab Legs