35 Swoon-Worthy Valentine’s Day Recipes

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Indulge in Romance with 35 Swoon-Worthy Valentine’s Day Recipes. No reservations needed for this Valentine’s Day! Your table is the only one you’ll need. Explore our collection of sweet treats, decadent entrées, and more to celebrate your loved ones in style.

Here, you’ll discover a comprehensive menu planning solution to make this Valentine’s Day the most memorable yet for your loved one! From indulgent breakfast in bed to a delightful evening of appetizers, cocktails, flavorful meals, and sweet desserts, we have you covered. Get inspired by the incredible creations from talented chefs, bakers, and top food bloggers. While you’re welcome to use our suggested menu, we highly recommend exploring all these fantastic recipes!

Homemade Berry Fritters - Sally's Baking Addiction

Seriously, I don’t think it needs to be Valentine’s Day to enjoy these beautiful Berry Fritters from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but it’s a great excuse to induldge. “This sweet summery fried fritter combines a soft yeasted dough, blueberries, and a creamy strawberry glaze made from real strawberries.” Yes please!

Panettone French Toast - David Lebovitz

David Lebovitz is a trained pastry chef and author that’s created a multitude of drool-worthy recipes. This is an easy recipe with options to change it up if you don’t have access to Panettone (Amazon delivers). Also while you’re visiting David be sure to check out his book My Paris Kitchen, it’s one of my favorites! No I’m not an affiliate just a longtime believer, there’s a link on his site to his collection of cookbooks. 

Raspberry Almond Stuffed Croissants - Mean Green Chef

Our Very Own Almond Raspberry Stuffed Croissants are a fun breaky in bed for your sweetheart. Plus, they’re ridiculously easy to prepare but look like you’ve spent hours creating an authentic French pastry. 

Menemen (Turkish Egg Scramble) - Gimme Some Oven

And if it’s savory you crave then you’ll definitely want to check out Gimme Some Oven’s Turkish Egg Scramble! “This traditional Turkish egg scramble is quick and easy to make with a few basic ingredients, and extra-delicious when served up with some good crusty bread.” Divine and there are recipe variations too. 

Recipes for Valentine's Day Cocktails

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini - 3 Yummy Tummies

Shut the front door, 3 Yummy Tummies! I can smell the fresh strawberries from this cocktail. Perfection for Valentine’s Day, this cocktail sums up this holiday in a heavenly sip.

Giggle Juice - Delish.com via Lauren Miyashiro

Pretty in pink, I believe this Giggle Juice from Delish.com may be refreshingly dangerous! 10 minutes to toss this together and you’re ready to toast your Valentine. 

Raspberry Sorbet Pink Champagne Floats - The Cookie Rookie

Another gorgeous pink drink from the Cookie Rookie, ready in less than 10 miutes and would easily double as the impeccable Valentine’s after dinner drink or dessert!

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade - Life As A Strawberry

A luscious Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade Cocktail from Life As A Strawberry, a great choice for us Whisky aficionados. Plus, Rosemary elevates cocktails to a new level this is a keeper year round!

Cucumber Melon Gin Spritzers - Spice in My DNA

A little melon love here, made with a fresh homemade simple syrup via Spice in My DNA (love the name btw) these Melon Gin Spritzers couldn’t be any more beautiful or refreshing. 

Recipes for Valentine's Day Appetizers

Blue Cheese Bites with Balsamic Reduction - The Minimalist Baker

What a great start for a romantic dinner for 2, these Blue Cheese Bites are sure to please! Deemed “The perfect simple-yet-fancy appetizer: Creamy whipped bleu cheese dip atop toasted baguette with caramelized onions and asparagus and a savory balsamic reduction.” we agree!


If you’ve never had Baked Brie then check out the REAL HOUSEMOMS recipe! It’s so simple to make and what a beautiful plate (just look at it). “Take everything you love about baked brie and take it next level! Encrusted in pastry and covered in chutney, you’ll want to have this recipe on repeat.” Baked Brie is one of our all time favorite apps!

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms - Peas and Crayons

Spice things up a little with Peas and Crayons renditiion of Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms! “These tender stuffed mushroom caps are filled to the brim with cream cheese, garlic, white cheddar, and jalapeño goodness and topped with an optional sprinkle of crispy panko breadcrumbs.” These look freakin’ amazing and paired with a nice filet dinner, wow!

Baked Corn Crab Cakes w Three Cheese Potato Soup - Show Me the Yummy

You guys look at those Crab Cakes! Golden and mouthwatering, plus you can’t believe that it’s like 10 minutes worth of prep to make the crab cakes and the soup! The crispy crunch on these made them Swoon-Worthy for sure. 

Surf & Turf Cheese Fondu - Simple Seasonal

Surf and Turf one of my all time party favorites! Yep I’m a fondue nerd and this could easily be listed under dinner as it becomes a meal with ease. Fondue is fun (like I said Nerd) but serioulsy, Simple Seasonal breaks the process down and brings it home. Not to mention fondu in a restaurant will easily run a couple of hundred dollars for an enjoyable evening (at least here in S. Florida). Make it at home and it will be twice as romantic too, peace out.

Heartfelt Salad Creations for Valentine's Day

Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad - The Vibrant Plate

A low carb bright salad that doubles for dinner in a flash! The Vibrant Plate packed a ton of flavor into this fresh salad and it’s another quick healthy option for a memorable Valentine’s Day Meal. 

Close up of Big Easy Italian Salad in a white bowl garnished with fresh parmesan cheese
Big Easy Italian Salad - Mean Green Chef

If you’re a fan of Olive Garden’s all you can eat salad, our Big Easy Italian Salad will make you very happy! It’s super Easy (as the name states) to toss together and includes the dressing recipe too, which is effortless to make. 

Mediterranean Couscous Salad - Sweet and Savory Meals

Another bright healthy and vibrant salad from Sweet and Savory Meals. This would be wonderful paired with grilled fish or chicken and another dish that’s ready in 30 minutes or less too!

Bright and Fresh Paleo Crudo Salad - Paleo Grubs

And for our Paleo friends check out the Crudo Salad from paleo Grubs. “This crudo salad recipe is delicious and refreshing, featuring a wide array of raw fruits and veggies that blend together with some added lemon zest to make an incredibly flavorful salad.” This looks tasty if your on the paleo diet or not!

Tomato, Peach, & Burrata Salad - Two Peas and Their Pod

This Tomato, Peach, and Burrata Salad from Two peas and Their Pod is just bursting with farmstand freshness. I have a serious weekness for ripe Georgia peaches so this was a must add. It will pair well with pork, chicken, beef, and seafood dishes alike! 

Romantic Dinner Recipes for Valentine's Day

Soba Noodle Salad with Grilled Flank Steak - Delish.com via Anna Watson Carl

How about a little Asian flare? Check out this Soba Noodle Salad with Grilled Flank Steak! From Delish and created by Anna Watson Carl, this dish is packed with ingredients that fire on all cylinders. If you love Asian inspired food as much as we do then this is a must try!

Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles - Mean Green Chef

This is a quick, light meal that you can easily control the heat on by adding a little less red pepper flakes. We source our shrimp right off the boat but if you’re not that close opt for frozen shrimp. I promise they’re the next best thing! And of course you can make this with pasta instead of zoodles. 

Steak Diane Recipe - Simply Recipes

Dial back the radar to Park Avenue in Manhattan’s Drake Hotel in the 1940’s a classic steak dish was created (or so the story goes). This Steak Diane from Simply Recipes is 5 star rated and creates a flavorful Valentine’s Dinner for 2! Plus there’s tons of great info in the post too!

Closeup of pan-seared Gulfside Blackened Grouper with a crispy blackened crust in a cast iron skillet, with a half grilled lemon on the left-hand side.
Gulfside Blackened Gourper - Mean Green Chef

Indulge in an exquisite Valentine’s Day dinner with our Gulfside Blackened Grouper. This sumptuous dish features tender grouper fillets, expertly seasoned and seared to perfection, offering a burst of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

Spinach and Three Cheese Manacotti - The Cooking Jar

Italian meals never fail when it comes to romance! I mean look at these Spinach and Three Cheese Manacotti by The Cooking Jar. Done to perfection in less than an hour, add a side salad and some warm crusty bread for a complete Italian meal. 

Heartfelt Creations: Valentine's Day Side Dish Recipes

Green Beans Almondine - A Beautiful Plate

A Beautiful Plate brings us another Classic Valentine’s Day dish, this Green Beans Almondine side dish is a lovely addition to steaks, chicken, fish and seafood too. 

Roasted Garlic Butter Mushrooms - Dinner then Dessert

I love the versatility of mushrooms and Dinner then Dessert has added some first rate ingredients to really make a flavorful mushroom side dish. These would also pair with nearly any protien and go particulary well with beef a glass of red wine. 

The Best Sauteed Spinach Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Only the freshest spinach and ingredients are added to create this lovey Sauteed Spinach Dish from Crunchy Creamy Sweet! Another side dish open for interpretation on your plate and a great accompaniment to your Valentine’s Main Course. 

Broccoli Rabe and Burrata with Lemon - Love and Lemons via PureWow

There’s nothing boring about this side dish, heaps of fresh Broccoli Rabe, Burrata, Seasonings and a healthy dose of Lemon make this a stand out side dish. Plus, it’s ready in a flash too, winning!

Rainbow Vegetable Skewers - PureWow

Such a great idea, grilled veg that cooks at the same rate! Check out PureWow’s recipe and instructions on creating the most toothsome grilled veg ever! And zero worry about a mish mash of doneness. 

Sweet Endings: Best Valentine's Day Desserts

Ok, time to buckle your seatbelt here’s a collection of the best Valentine’s Day Desserts for you and your sweet! Of course there are so many marvelous desserts, if you think I may have missed one then let me know in the comment section below!

Fork in a slice of Chocolate Storm Cake.
Chocolate Storm Cake - Mean Green Chef

Chocolate Storm Cake is a recipe that’s been in our family for decades. You’ll not only get the best Chocolate Cake recipe, you’ll also pick up some killer baking tips too. Which you can apply in many baking scenarios. 

Valentine's Day Almond Cake - Molly Yeh

If you haven’t been intorduced to Molly Yeh (pronounced Yeah!) you have been missing out! Her baked goods are inspired, bright and beautiful and she’s also a part of the Food Network family starring in, Girl Meets Farm. Be sure to check out her website, fun recipes and, of course, Girl Meets Farm on the Food Network too. 

Small Vanilla Valentine's Cake - Greedy Eats

Look at the crumb on this cake, you can see how moist and tender it bakes up! Greedy Eats brings us tantalizing desserts and we love the fact that many of her baked goods are small batch recipes, which makes them not only easy but the optimum desserts for a couple!

Inside Out Red Velvet Cookies - Delish.com via Lena Abraham

Stuffed cookies are my jam and on Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cookies are a must! Valentine Cookie Nirvana, I’ll take 2 please. These would be fun wrapped in a gift box for friends and family too. 

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake - Kitchen Confidante

I just adore rhubarb and look at that slice of cake, wow! Taking old favorties like pinepple upsided down cake and flipping them on their head to create new and beautiful confections is what desserts are all about. And this Rhubarb Upside Down Cake would make any Valentine’s Day Dinner complete!

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