7 Most Romantic Meals

Romantic Meals

Here are seven amazingly delicious, incredibly romantic meal ideas for two people. These romantic recipes are perfect for showing how much you love your partner. Feel free to cook up one of these special meals by yourself, or work together with your partner for a great bonding experience.

Don’t forget to create your own little romantic restaurant before you start cooking! You can take some tips from this article on creating a love nest!

You can browse the romantic meals below, or use our filters to select recipes from easy romantic meals to cook, to more involved recipe ideas. Bon appetit! (French is very romantic, just saying.)

Romantic Meals List

Steak Diane

20-30 mins

Is Steak Diane The Most Romantic Meal?

Steak Diane is a quick romantic meal that is thoroughly delicious. The tender beef steak is complimented by a creamy, slightly tart sauce. You can also earn some bonus points by playing with aromatic fire while you cook!

Ingredients

  • 2x beef tenderloin steaks
  • Handful of button mushrooms, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 finely minced shallots/small onions
  • 100ml cognac/brandy
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 150ml double cream
  • 1 handful chopped parsley leaves
  • salt, pepper

Side ideas

  • Buttery mashed potatoes
  • Pan-fried Asparagus
  • Roast potatoes
  • Thick-cut chips

Instructions

  1. Salt & pepper both side of the steak, let sit for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Melt the butter in the pan, turn the heat up and sear the steaks for 3-4 minutes on each side (adjust for thickness and preference). Remove from pan, cover with foil and leave out to rest.
  3. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan, cook until shallots are translucent, stirring often. Add the mushrooms and a bit of butter.
  4. When the mushrooms are soft, add the cognac and stir. Want to impress? Carefully tip the pan toward the flame until the cognac is set alight. Otherwise, cook until the cognac has almost fully evaporated. When the flames are out, add the Worcestershire sauce and mustard.
  5. Cook for a few minutes, then add the cream and reduce until thickened. Add your parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cut your steak into strips or serve as a whole. Pour sauce over the steak. Serve with mashed potatoes and pan-fried asparagus if you want your partner to fall madly in love with you.

Pan-Fried Salmon

5-10 mins

Pan-Fried Salmon

Left the cooking a bit too late? This meal is perfect for a quick and easy meal, readily made more romantic by good presentation and a glass or five of white wine.

Ingredients

  • 2x salmon fillets
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt, pepper

Side Ideas

  • Herb butter broccoli
  • Mixed salad

Instructions

  1. Generously season the fillets with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt the butter in the pan with the oil (to stop the butter from burning).
  3. Turn up the heat, when the butter starts to bubble, lay the salmon in the pan (skin side down). Cook for 3 minutes, until crispy and golden. Then turn down the heat to medium, and flip the fillet over.
  4. Drizzle with the lemon juice, cook for a further two minutes.
  5. Remove the salmon to the plate, and cover with the buttery juices still in the pan. Serve hot!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

15-20 mins

Chocolate-covered strawberries are a very romantic meal idea.

The ultimate romantic indulgence. For some reason just so much better than eating strawberries and chocolate separately. And so easy to make! Maybe not good enough for a whole romantic meal – but definitely good enough to finish one off.

Ingredients

  • 400g Strawberries
  • 100g chocolate (for coating)
  • 30g chocolate (for decoration)

Notes

Dark chocolate is almost definitely the best choice for the coating, but mix it up as you fancy – you really can’t go wrong. You could even crush some nuts into your chocolate for a crunchier romantic treat.

You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave, using short 20 second intervals and lots of stirring.

Instructions

  1. Lay down some parchment paper, and set up a small saucepan with 2-3cm water in it, and a heat-proof bowl on top. Bring the heat up until the water starts to simmer.
  2. Add the dark chocolate to the bowl, and stir gently until it has all melted.
  3. Dip the strawberries into the chocolate one-by-one, holding the green stem. Use a toothpick to hold the strawberry for greater control. Once coated, lay on the parchment to set.
  4. Any leftover dipping chocolate can be poured out onto parchment or into moulds for later snacking / re-use.
  5. Melt the decorative chocolate in the same manner, and drizzle over the strawberries once the original coat has set.

Strawberry & Vanilla Panna Cotta

25-40 mins (+3hrs to set)

Strawberry and Vanilla Panna Cotta

This romantic recipe is perfect for a chilled treat on a warm day, or after a hearty meal from elsewhere on this list.

Ingredients

  • 200g strawberries
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 3 sheets gelatine
  • 150ml milk
  • 400ml double cream
  • 60g caster sugar

For the compote:

  • 100g strawberries
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Side Ideas

  • Limoncello would be perfect!
  • Ice cream works well, too.

Instructions

For the Panna Cotta

  1. Rinse, dry, and core the strawberries. Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla pod. Soak the gelatine in cold water for 5 minutes.
  2. Puree the strawberries, and push through a fine sieve to remove any seeds.
  3. Pour the milk and cream into a saucepan with the sugar and vanilla seeds. Stir and bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.
  4. Remove the gelatine from the water, squeeze out any excess, then stir into the creamy mixture until fully dissolved.
  5. Pour half into two ramekins or moulds.
  6. Add the strawberry puree to the remaining mixture, and mix thoroughly. Pour into two ramekins.
  7. Place the ramekins into the fridge for a few hours (ideally overnight) to set.
  8. To serve, turn the ramekins upside-down over a plate, and drizzle the compote over. If the panna cotta will not come out easily, dip the bottom of the container in warm water until loose.

For the Compote

  1. Rinse, dry, and core the strawberries.
  2. Place into a saucepan, add the sugar and juice.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer until the strawberries are all soft and the liquid starts to thicken. Add more sugar if not sweet enough.
  4. If the compote is too thin, mix 2 tsp cornstarch with 2 tsp cold water, then mix into the compote. Stir until thickened up.
  5. Let the compote cool completely before storing.

Pesto Pine Nut Pasta

20-25 mins

Pesto Pasta shows that not every romantic meal has to be eaten warm

This pasta dish can be eaten hot or cold – perfect for a romantic picnic meal! And so easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 400g farfalle pasta
  • 1 small jar of basil pesto
  • olive oil
  • 2 ounces pine nuts
  • salt, pepper
  • handful of cherry tomatoes

Side Ideas

  • Serve on a bed of greens for extra colour and nutrients
  • top it with some Parmesan cheese to sharpen the flavour up a little

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta until al dente, then drain, reserving some of the pasta water. Rinse the pasta in cold water if not serving straight away.
  2. Toast the pine nuts in olive oil until golden brown.
  3. Add the pesto to the pasta, and then mix in the pine nuts.
  4. Add Parmesan to the top before serving, if desired.

Making Your Own Pesto

  1. Add two cups of Parmesan cheese, 2 handfuls of chopped fresh basil and 1.5 ounces pine nuts to a food processor.
  2. Slowly drizzle olive oil while blending ingredients.
  3. Don’t over-blend, keep some texture.

Creamy Tomato Scallop Risotto

1 hour

Tomato Scallop Risotto

While quite time consuming – it will make your house smell amazing, and the soft, creamy texture and the incredible flavours will make this a romantic meal to remember.

Ingredients

  • 8oz scallops
  • 1 oz. grated Parmesan
  •  Arborio rice
  • 1 cup Mirepoix / vegetable broth
  • tomato puree
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper

Side Ideas

  • Serve with roasted broccoli and/or roasted cherry tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle crushed (seasoned!) croutons over the dish for some extra crunch.

Instructions

  1. Add 1 tsp olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the rice and stir occasionally until slightly toasted and opaque.
  2. Stir in the broth, a squeeze of puree and a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer and leave to cook for four minutes.
  3. Stir in another cup of water and return to a simmer. Stir occasionally until water is absorbed.
  4. Add a knob of butter, half of the cheese and stir until creamy. Season to taste, add small amounts of water to loosen up if necessary. When happy with the consistency, take off the heat, cover, and set aside.
  5. Pat the scallops dry, season both sides (salt, pepper, basil).
  6. Bring a pan up to high heat, add some olive oil and cook the scallops 1-2 minutes per side.
  7. Put the risotto in your dish, and top with the cooked scallops and remaining Parmesan.

Thai-Style Roasted Duck Breast

20-30 mins

Thai Duck Breast

The soft, sweet, and delicious duck breast goes amazingly well with the sweet Thai sauce. Perfect for cold nights, or in preparation for a big day.

Ingredients

  • 300g duck breast
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 chilli, sliced
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • handful of fresh basil

Side Ideas

  • Serve with pan-fried veg for some extra, healthy crunch.
  • Serve over vermicelli noodles for extra carbs, and to help enjoy the flavour of the sauce

Instructions

  1. Mix 2 tbsp oil with the garlic, chilli, and lemon zest, and use to marinate the duck breast for 15 – 30 mins. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Put 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan over high heat, then sear the duck breast skin-side down until crispy.
  3. Continue to sear all sides, before placing in the oven to bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove and cover loosely with foil.
  4. Meanwhile, add 1tbsp oil to the pan and fry the onion until starting to brown. Add the coconut milk and cook until simmering.
  5. Add the fish sauce, oyster sauce, tamarind and sugar. Stir and simmer until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Spoon the sauce onto the plate, slice the duck and place into the sauce, garnishing with basil. Try to slice the duck just before serving!

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