Recipes for a Perfect Dinner for Two

Steak dinner for two
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Cooking for two can be a lot of fun, whether it's for your partner, a relative, or your BFF. If you enjoy cooking together, plan and prepare your dinner together. The meal doesn't have to (shouldn't!) be an elaborate or time-consuming chore; if your partner's favorite food is macaroni & cheese, serve it in a fancy dish and enjoy. Or, if it's a special occasion, it might be the perfect time to splurge on lobsters, a few pounds of shrimp, or delicious filet mignon or prime rib.

If you're planning a dinner for Valentine's Day, set your table with your best dinnerware, romantic linens, flowers, and candles. Don't forget the wine and cheese and your favorite romantic music to set the mood. Clean as you cook, but don't worry about the mess afterward; leave the dishes till morning and enjoy each other!

Whether for a special occasion or an everyday weeknight meal, you're sure to find some recipes here. The recipes include some dishes meant for two and many that can easily be scaled down.


Rack of Lamb With Red Wine Sauce: A rack of lamb is a great choice for a special occasion. The succulent seared rack of lamb and then roasted to perfection.

Grilled Chicken With Linguine and Cajun Cream Sauce: Grilled chicken breasts become an extra special entree with the savory Cajun cream sauce and hot cooked pasta. Diced tomatoes and green onions top these fabulous chicken breasts.

Lobster Rolls, 2 Ways: This is an especially good recipe if one of you liked mayo and the other one likes a simple dressing of butter. The perfect meal for a hot summer day!

Beef Burgundy With Noodles: Stewing beef, mushrooms, dry red wine, and onions get together in this classic French dish. Add a French bread baguette and a salad for a memorable meal.

Spicy Seared Scallops: These marinated scallops take just minutes of prep and cooking time, and they make a delicious meal with steamed veggies and rice. 

Quick and Easy Seared Scallops With Herbs: These simple herbed scallops take about 20 to 25 minutes, start to finish. Serve them along with some quinoa, rice, or polenta, or add them to a salad.

Braised Butterflied Pork Chops: Thick butterflied pork chops make a fabulous meal for any night of the week. The tasty Dijon mustard sauce makes the perfect finishing touch.

Rib Steaks with Garlic Marinade: Grill or broil these incredible rib steaks. The garlic marinade gives the steaks a blast of flavor.

Nicoise-style Tuna Salad Recipe With Dijon Dressing: Grilled fresh tuna fillets are grilled and then added to a classic French Nicoise salad. Ingredients include potatoes, green beans, hard-boiled eggs, olives, and tomato wedges.

Baked Salmon Steaks With Sour Cream Sauce: These salmon steaks or fillets are baked and then served with a simple combination of sour cream and dill.

Easy Shrimp With Angel Hair Pasta: One bite of this delicious shrimp and you'll feel like you're dining out at your favorite restaurant. Garlic and Parmesan cheese flavor the shrimp and angel hair pasta makes it a complete meal.

Baked Halibut and Parmesan Crumb Topping: Halibut is an excellent choice when you're looking for an extra-special fish with mild flavor. A freshly made Parmesan and breadcrumb topping adds crunch and flavor.

Southern Creamed Spinach: Spinach is a healthy vegetable that goes with just about any meat, poultry, or seafood. This version is kicked up with some finely minced onions and cream.

Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill: This salad would go particularly well with fish or steaks. The rich sour cream dressing with dill complements the cucumbers perfectly.

Louisiana Mussels With Pasta: Serve these spicy mussels over hot cooked spaghetti or linguine. Serve them with crusty bread to sop up the delicious sauce.

Grilled Chicken With Goat Cheese Sauce: Goat cheese sauce and roasted red pepper puree make these otherwise ordinary grilled chicken breasts extraordinary.

Filet Mignon With Creamy Peppercorn Sauce: These glorious tender steaks are seared, broiled, and then served with a creamy bourbon-laced peppercorn sauce.

Caribbean Rice and Black Beans: This is an excellent choice if you're looking for a vegetarian main dish. Serve the spicy, well-seasoned black beans with rice for a satisfying meat-free meal.

Banana Crepes With Brown Sugar Rum Sauce: If you're looking for just the right dessert to end a special dinner, look no further. These banana crepes are the perfect finish to a memorable meal.

Apple Crisp With Brown Sugar Oat Topping: Apple crisp is surely one of America's favorite desserts. This one includes a crunchy, buttery brown sugar and oat topping.

Espresso Creme Brulee: This is a fantastic dessert to fix for Valentine's Day dinner, and you can prepare it a day in advance. When dinner is ready, take the custards out of the fridge and torch the sugar to create the amazing hard caramelized sugar topping.