- Serving Up Romance: 20 Foolproof Date Night Dishes To Trick Bae Into Thinking We Can Cook
- 20 Grapefruit-Gremolata Salmon
- 19 Pulled Pork
- 18 Sage & Prosciutto Chicken Saltimbocca
- 17 Cajun Butter Steak
- 16 Giant Stuffed Meatballs
- 15 Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo
- 14 Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
- 13 Chicken Mole
- 12 Crispy Chicken
- 11 Smoked Salmon Pasta
- 10 Kale Risotto
- 9 Flank Steak
- 8 Roast Chicken
- 7 Pan-Seared Cod
- 6 Chicken Pot Pie
- 5 Morocc0-Style Prawns
- 4 Coconut Curry
- 3 Thailand-style mussels
- 2 Citrus-poached pears
- 1 Sea bass in puff pastry
- 27 Amazing First Date Dinner Recipes
- 1. Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken
- 2. Parmesan Polenta with Lemon & Sage Steaks
- 3. Shrimp Florentine Pasta
- 4. Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta
- 5. Surf and Turf for Two
- 6. Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops
- 7. Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan
- 8. Duck Breast with Pomegranate Citrus Glaze
- 9. Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce
- 10. Chicken and Asparagus Crepes
- 11. Grilled Salmon Fillets with Wasabi and Lemon Cream Sauce
- 12. Panna Cotta
- 13. Warm Kale Salad with Bacon, Dates, Almonds, Crispy Shallots, and Parmesan
- 14. Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Orange Cake
- 15. Chicken with Cherry-Wine Pan Sauce
- 17. Man-Pleasing Chicken
- 18. Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
- 19. Lemon Butter Skillet Chicken
- 20. Spaghetti Carbonara
- 21. Saucy Chicken
- 22. Avocado Lime Cheesecake
- 23. Iced Coffee Cocktail
- 24. Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktail
- 25. Kale Risotto
- 26. Mediterranean-Inspired Baked Sweet Potatoes
- 27. Salmon With Roasted Potatoes
Serving Up Romance: 20 Foolproof Date Night Dishes To Trick Bae Into Thinking We Can Cook
Light the scented candles, bring out the bubbly and get ready for an expensive-looking dinner at home.
Why spend all of your money when you can make yourself out to be a kind, thoughtful, loving dinner date? When a date takes me out to a restaurant, I cannot help but think that little or no thought went into it, which does change how much I value the day and keep it in mind.
Most of us dial a restaurant for a last minute reservation when we want to impress our significant others but as we grow older, time spent on us tends to impress us more than money spent on us.
So, whether you want to impress your date with a thoughtful dinner or whip something together it is definitely a better option than your classic night out. Also, if you can tolerate each other in the kitchen that is proof enough that your relationship is going to stand the test of time. Did we mention that you can walk around in pajamas and watch Netflix straight after?
So now that we have won you over, let us move on to the – 'what do I cook with my limited abilities?' Fortunately, we have got you covered. Here are some fancy-looking dishes that will work for every date and taste pretty amazing too!
20 Grapefruit-Gremolata Salmon
If you are looking for something healthy, elegant and fruity all at once, this could be perfect for you. This light and healthy dish of salmon is great if you are health-conscious but want something exceptionally tasty.
It consists of broiled grapefruit, gremolata and salmon. It is pretty easy to make with your total kitchen time being less than 30 minutes at the end of it all.
The grapefruit really works well with the salmon and gives the dish that much-needed element of sweetness that it is otherwise missing.
19 Pulled Pork
This pulled pork secretly relies on a slow cooker so that makes your work easier. Serve this between buns with some coleslaw and you have got yourself a winner.
The easiest and most tender pulled pork will always come a slow cooker so this recipe is always your best bet – date or not. Your juicy pork can be made into a burger, used as toppings for nachos and just had plain. Your options are pretty much endless.
This one is easy on your workload and you are going to have a great night as well.
18 Sage & Prosciutto Chicken Saltimbocca
Saltimbocca means 'to jump' into a diner's mouth in Italy and this dish does just that. You will fall in love with the amazing flavors that come from sage leaves and prosciutto.
Stopping yourself from making a second plate after your date leaves is going to be an impossible task. This dish only takes 25 minutes to get on the table and is perfect if you are in a hurry. It has only 355 calories to it and is pretty light as well. Here is a recipe to get you started.
Get ready for the best chicken dish ever, made better by a toast with a glass of white at the end!
17 Cajun Butter Steak
This Cajun Butter Steak is heaven on a plate. It is extremely tender and it bursts with flavor. This is the type of dish that will make someone want a second date pretty fast.
If this is your first date and you are trying to play it safe when it comes to the food, this dish is perfect for you. Pretty much everyone loves it at first bite and it is extremely filling. The buttery goodness will leave you wishing you had leftovers.
Uncork your finest red and settle down for a great meal!
16 Giant Stuffed Meatballs
Cheese, spinach and onions stuffed into a ball means something absolutely amazing to us. Essentially your final product is going to be meatballs that have upped their game. This recipe has two different types of cheeses which was enough to get us excited.
Also, these meatballs are absolutely gigantic which means the child inside you rejoices. You can also convince yourself that it is healthy since half the stuffing is veggies.
What is not to love about this idea? End the night with the poached pears recipe below and you have a successful date planned on budget and on time.
15 Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo
This seafood dish from heaven itself has the creamiest sauce ever and it only takes 40 minutes to get it on the table. This comfort food has shrimp, Alfredo sauce and baguettes altogether which makes me the happiest person alive.
For the Alfredo sauce, try and use Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Their cheese is absolutely amazing and all of their profits go back to the farmers which means a good deed plus an amazing dinner for you.
Here is an amazing recipe to get you started! It is only 440 calories at the end of the day, is not too heavy on your budget and tastes amazing.
14 Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
What makes baked chicken better you ask? When it is stuffed with asparagus and Parmesan cheese. This lemon and herb seasoned chicken is super easy to make and is healthy as well.
The lemon's zesty nature makes the dish melt-in-you-mouth good and the cheese burst in the middle is the icing on the cake. Talking about cake- that is a great way to end the night after a great chicken.
The dish looks really elegant as well so if you eat with your eyes we do, you are going to love this one!
13 Chicken Mole
Chicken Mole, pronounced Chicken mo-LAY, is Mexico's gift to the world and is your ticket to a great date. If you want a much-needed kick to your classic chicken dish then this sauce will definitely do the trick.
It tastes great with some rice and salad on the side followed by a piece of cake. It is also really filling so you do not have to worry about needing a midnight snack.
A Chicken Mole dish for dinner is only 311 calories so you are staying healthy as well if that helps! Here is a great recipe to follow for beginners.
12 Crispy Chicken
Crispy Chicken is the right decision pretty much any day of the week. Brown the chicken, add some veggies, grab some drinks and you have got yourself a great night all set up.
This recipe uses Brussels sprouts along with the crispy chicken and the two really seem to work wonders together. It is also a gluten-free dish so if you are trying to avoid gluten and think your options are limited, add this one to the list.
Even if sprouts are not your cup of tea, trust us, and try this dish. A lot may change.
11 Smoked Salmon Pasta
This one sounds so fancy which means brownie points for you and yet it is one of the simplest recipes on this list. You can get this dish on the table in less than 30 minutes and it is light and tasty so it is perfect for a weekday.
Smoked salmon pasta is a lighter version of pasta carbonara so if you want less hassle, same burst of flavour- try this. It also looks pretty great. This dish would make any Nonna proud so get cracking.
Do not forget the lemon juice at the end- the zestiness really helps!
10 Kale Risotto
via Farmhouse Delivery
If you are trying to switch over to a healthier lifestyle and ditch the bag of crisps for good – this one would work perfectly for you. This vegetarian risotto is perfect for the couple that is counting calories but looking for something that tastes delicious.
This dish is baked which means you do not have to stand there stirring a pot getting bored your mind. Everything about this recipe is self-sufficient and you will be done making the dish in no time.
It is also the perfect way to eat that kale that you bought thinking it was a healthy addition to your grocery basket.
9 Flank Steak
If the 'steaks' are high for your date, this could the perfect dish for you. Who can go wrong with meat and potatoes? You are going to need 30 minutes and a date that loves meat as much as they love you.
This recipe is accompanied by a marinade but you can skip that if needed. This goes really well with a glass of red so get ready for a fancy date at half the price.
Mashed potatoes and a salad on the side really pull the dish together if you have the time and energy for that.
8 Roast Chicken
Who can go wrong with a roast chicken? Who does not love Christmas? You are giving your bae the ability to live a little bit of Christmas when it not the season.
If that does not make them love you, who knows what will? This roast chicken is great for a romantic dinner and you have the amazing stuffing to look forward to as well.
Oh, and there are also leftovers for the next day! Second date? There is literally nothing bad about this idea. Follow this recipe to woo just about anyone you have your eye on.
7 Pan-Seared Cod
This light dish is perfect for a lazy night in and you will have just enough room for dessert. This pan-seared cod is then added into a white wine tomato basil sauce.
If you are trying to recover from a food overload from the day before and need something light, this could do the trick. It takes about 40 minutes to get this dish on the table and the flavors are absolutely amazing when the work together.
It is an easy as pie recipe to follow and the only problem is you may dig without being able to wait for your date.
6 Chicken Pot Pie
Why do we love visiting our grandparents' houses? Yes, because we love them but also because of the amazing chicken pot pies that keep us coming back for more. They look so appealing when they are done and you just cannot wait to dig in.
The only problem with this one is that you may not be able to hold a conversation because your concentration is going to be on the pot pies. The recipe can be made in a flash in a large saucepan so get ready for memories and amazing flavors.
You will also probably have leftovers for the next day so that is a bonus!
5 Morocc0-Style Prawns
These spicy Morocco-style prawns are easy to make and can impress anyone. The pomegranates add a bit of sweetness to the dish which really gets the balance right.
This recipe will take you barely twenty minutes so if you are really short on time and love seafood- go for it. Finish this dish with a few mint leaves and you have got yourself one hell of a dish.
Remember to cut your veggies really small and focus on those strong flavors- you will go to bed with a happy stomach if you do. We do recommend adding some fried kale on the side- the two work really well together!
4 Coconut Curry
As exotic as this one sounds, you can find everything at your local grocery store and it has hardly any cooking or prep time necessary. It tastes absolutely amazing with some rice on the side and it makes you look you know your way around the kitchen.
If you love a good curry and have the deep urge to try a dish that reminds you of every good curry ever- this one is it! Coconut milk is the secret ingredient for most curries and this one focuses on that so it made its way to our list pretty quickly.
Here is a great recipe to get you started!
3 Thailand-style mussels
Really short on time and looking for something this world that is high on the spice? Try these Thailand-style mussels. Perfect for a diet and pretty strong if that is what you are looking for.
It takes 15 minutes from start to finish and makes you look you know your way around a kitchen. This dish is super easy to make and you can even switch the spring onions with plain onions if you want it even stronger.
The mussels are dairy-free as well so if that is a box you are looking to tick, we got you covered. Pair it with almond and honey dairy-free ice cream for dessert.
2 Citrus-poached pears
This Valentine's Day worthy dessert is nothing short of a masterpiece. It is the perfect cherry on the cake and a wonderful end to a great night.
This recipe is also gluten-free and vegetarian so if you are looking to impress a vegetarian cutie – we got you covered. It is sweet and zesty which means it is perfect for a rainy day. You can also substitute the orange juice for mandarin if that works better for you.
Either way, this is a great dessert since it is also really low on fat so there is no after-guilt that you have to deal with.
1 Sea bass in puff pastry
Does your date love Thanksgiving and seafood? Well, alert them saying you have managed to combine both. This may be the perfect alternative to a roast of any kind for a seafood lover and they will be sure to thank you.
It is stuffed with prawns if you thought the dish could not get any better and has a side salsa verde. It definitely gets people's attention focused on the table. This one takes a little longer at one hour and twenty minutes but hey- if you want to really impress, go all out.
Get ready for a second date because this one is a winner. Here is the recipe!
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27 Amazing First Date Dinner Recipes
Make your first date a night to remember with these first date dinner recipes! Your first date doesn’t need to be perfect but it needs to be extra special for both you and your date.
From a mouthwatering starter to a delightful dessert, you’ll want it to be remarkable. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of delicious, easy dinner recipes for two to help those in need.
Read the article below and find 27 scrumptious recipes to help you plan the perfect date you desire!
1. Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken
Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken Photo by Spiced
This pesto pasta salad with grilled chicken is a great recipe to make regardless of the time of year! It’s great when served either hot or cold. Who knew a dish as good-looking as this one is also super easy to make?
2. Parmesan Polenta with Lemon & Sage Steaks
Parmesan Polenta Topped with Lemon & Sage Steaks Photo by DeLallo
Your date will be positively smitten after just one whiff of this parmesan polenta with lemon and sage steak‘s aromatics. The combination of lemon and aromatic herb perfectly complements the steak. And to think, you guys haven’t even gotten to dessert yet!
3. Shrimp Florentine Pasta
Shrimp Florentine Pasta Photo by Iowa Girl Eats
This shrimp Florentine pasta comes together in 20 minutes, giving you time to primp and pick out your outfit. Your pasta is even made more fun to eat with shrimp, spinach, and grape tomatoes. Most importantly, you’ll have extra time to choose your first date movie.
4. Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta
Creamy Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta Photo by Minimalist Baker
This creamy pasta dish is simple, lemony, and oh so satisfying! It’s also so filling, yet light, leaving you with enough energy for the rest of your date (unless a food coma is something you both are into!).
5. Surf and Turf for Two
Surf and Turf for Two Photo by Iowa Girl Eats
Elevate your first dinner date by adding a decadent steak and scallop dish on your menu. This recipe is great to try! If your date isn’t impressed with filet mignon and sea scallops, then he or she might not into the food but you!
6. Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops
Easy Oven Baked Pork Chops Photo by Easy Recipe Depot
These lip-smacking, finger-licking baked pork chops are unbelievably easy to make. Since first dates can be jarring, why not add a little comfort with some homestyle cooking? You wouldn’t believe the secret ingredient – brown sugar! It brings out the natural flavor of the pork chops.
7. Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan
Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan Photo by Simple Bites
Here’s a comforting dish that’s hearty and doesn’t require too much babysitting, yet it’s impressive and gratifying with its thick sauce and a good amount of cheese.
8. Duck Breast with Pomegranate Citrus Glaze
Duck Breast with Pomegranate-Citrus Glaze Photo by The Kitchn
With this dish, your date will probably be left thinking your kitchen doubles as a 5-star restaurant during the weekends. It’s okay because who doesn’t to go along with that storyline, right? The thinly sliced duck breast is even more delicious when served cold, especially if there are a salad and mustard on the side.
9. Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce
Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce Photo by Cake ‘n Knife
There’s something about pan-seared scallops which upgrade a conventional meal to a gourmet dish. Throw in the bacon cream sauce to make it more enticing. The hardest part of your date will be getting him to leave your table.
10. Chicken and Asparagus Crepes
Chicken and Asparagus Crepes Photo by Food Network
This recipe is just plain awesome and will make you forget sweet crepes ever existed. Every bite from these chicken and asparagus crepes is loaded with creamy ricotta goodness and rich, meaty flavor the both of you will adore.
11. Grilled Salmon Fillets with Wasabi and Lemon Cream Sauce
Grilled Salmon Fillets with Wasabi and Lemon Cream Sauce Photo by Fuss Free Cooking
Wasabi and salmon is a combination I hadn’t tried before making this dish. I tried it, and instantly, I fell in love! Nothing sets the mood quite this melt-in-your-mouth salmon dish.
12. Panna Cotta
How To Make Panna Cotta Photo by The Kitchn
Panna Cotta is definitely not for the timid! This dessert can be difficult to make, but if you get it right, you’ll have a soft and decadently creamy dessert. Show off your Master Chef skills with this Panna Cotta recipe.
13. Warm Kale Salad with Bacon, Dates, Almonds, Crispy Shallots, and Parmesan
Warm Kale Salad with Bacon, Dates, Almonds, Crispy Shallots and Parmesan Photo by Iowa Girl Eats
Change up your first date dinner recipes by serving salad as the main dish! This salad dish is the perfect first date dinner recipe as it is light, salty, crunchy, and satisfying at once. This salad will definitely set your dinner date to a good start!
14. Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Orange Cake
Chocolate Orange Cake Photo by Simple Vegan Blog
Who doesn’t love chocolate? This chocolate orange cake is fluffy, moist, and super chocolatey. It’s the perfect dessert to end the night with. (Or starting the night, who knows!)
15. Chicken with Cherry-Wine Pan Sauce
Chicken with Cherry-Wine Pan Sauce Photo by Iowa Girl Eats
The name alone is drool-worthy and guaranteed to merit some serious brownie points with your date. This chicken dish is an absolute perfection when added with lemon, fresh thyme, and sweet cherries! When serving this for a dinner date, don’t forget the wine.
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Molasses Sauce Photo by Sweet Sugar Bean
Sticky toffee pudding is a ridiculously moist cake with sultry, rich toffee sauce. It has been proven to increase oxytocin levels (the cuddle hormone). Just kidding, but it could very well lead to cuddling, so yes, of course, it’s the perfect dessert for a first date!
17. Man-Pleasing Chicken
Man-Pleasing Chicken Photo by Iowa Girl Eats
This chicken pasta dish isn’t just man-pleasing; it’s crowd-pleasing! For those who want to keep it simple and traditional, this chicken dish is foolproof to make your date salivate. You can make your first date dinner healthier by pairing this meal with roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes.
18. Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup Photo by Blissful Basil
So, your date is part of a commune, has their own organic garden, and practices yoga and meditation daily; then, this delicious soup recipe best suits them! This soup is overflowing with nourishing, wholesome goodness and is super tasty to boot because of the blend of butternut squash and sweet potato.
19. Lemon Butter Skillet Chicken
Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts Photo by Better Homes & Gardens
Chicken is always one of the best choices when it comes to first date dinners, and this simple skillet chicken dish is no exception. The best part about this recipe is that it only takes 20 minutes to make, giving you and your date more time to get to know each other.
20. Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti Carbonara Photo by Damn Delicious
This spaghetti carbonara recipe may seem too simple for a first date, but never underestimate the power of a good carbonara dish! Top this bad boy with an egg and you and your date will skip ahead from “the first date” to “a comfortable silence.” That’s when you really know you’ve made it!
21. Saucy Chicken
Saucy Chicken Photo by Diethood
Here’s another chicken recipe on our first date dinner recipes list! This dish’s name says it all perfectly. Saucy chicken is perfect for a saucy first date. This saucy chicken dish also has tons of juicy veggies from where the fresh flavors are coming from.
22. Avocado Lime Cheesecake
Saucy Chicken Photo by Sweetly Raw
This avocado lime cheesecake is beyond delicious! With a presentation as elegant and sophisticated as this, the home kitchen may just become the new 5-star restaurant. The awesome blend of lime juice, pure vanilla, coconut oil, and butter is just something to look forward to.
23. Iced Coffee Cocktail
Iced Coffee Cocktail Photo by Jelly Toast
Nothing ends a special date a specialty cocktail. This refreshing coffee cocktail is a perfect post-dinner digestif made for sitting around and getting to know each other better. If you and your partner loves coffee, then this is definitely for you.
24. Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktail
Celebratory Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktail Photo by Go Dairy Free
If your date wasn’t romantic before, he or she will be with this cocktail recipe! Sparkly, fruity, and such a delightful note for starting or ending the night with. It’s also very easy and quick – 2 minutes is all you need!
25. Kale Risotto
Oven Risotto with Kale Pesto Photo by Bon Appetit
This low-maintenance vegan risotto is something you need to bake. If you don’t have a DIY pesto, you can buy one at the nearest store near you. Color your rice meal green with the leaves of kale and parsley.
26. Mediterranean-Inspired Baked Sweet Potatoes
Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes Photo by Minimalist Baker
Sweet potatoes are always on the go with our first date dinner recipes. Just cut your sweet potatoes in half, tiny root crop boats, and season them with roasted chickpeas. Don’t forget to pair it with a garlic-herb sauce.
27. Salmon With Roasted Potatoes
Quick And Easy Salmon With Simple Roasted Potatoes Photo by Buzz Feed
Salmon is a sure thing for your first date dinner. This quick salmon recipe is even made more delightful with sliced baked potatoes. Not only that, you can prepare this meal in just 30 minutes. No sweat!
Watch this video from Rachel Woodhouse and learn how to host the perfect romantic dinner right at home:
A first impression lasts! That’s why your first date deserves nothing but the best first date dinner recipes.
While you can’t control the outcome of the date, you can definitely control the meal served! With these first date dinner recipes, even the worst first date will be a good one.
Don’t forget to include these recipes in your dinner date repertoire and make the evening extra special with the one close to your heart!
Which first date dinner recipes are you planning to try? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on January 24, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.