20 Date Night recipes

Whether you’re looking for something fancy, fun, or simple, here are 20 date night recipes to get you started.

Crab leg linguine in white wine garlic sauce

While Rich and I love going out, it’s not always an option. Sometimes it’s finding a sitter, other times it’s just that we don’t want to deal with the hassle of getting ready and leaving the house! We’ve gotten into the habit of doing fun date nights at home after the kids are in bed. Sometimes we make dinner together, other times it’s just dessert or drinks. To help you do the same, I’ve compiled a list of 20 date night recipes to fit whatever you’re feeling! Fancy or simple, I’ve got a recipe for you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you make a date night at home?

Tailor it for you and your partner, but just do things together! Whether that means you make a meal together, watch a movie while having a picnic on the floor, try a new activity. Just have fun with it!

What is your go-to dinner recipe for a date night?

My husband loves seafood, and we have fond memories of going out when we lived in Boston, so we’ll make baked Dijon salmon or baked scallops frequently.

What meal is good for a first date?

I’d keep it simple for a first date, maybe just do dessert or make cocktails!

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20 Date night Recipes

Crab Linguine in a White Wine Garlic Sauce

4.48 stars average
20 minutes
Sweet snow crab legs are tossed with linguine in a light and fragrant white wine garlic sauce. The perfect crab linguine in 5 easy steps.
Crab linguine in wine garlic sauce

New England Baked Scallops with Panko

3.96 stars average
30 minutes
A New England favorite, Bay scallops are tossed in butter and coated in a lemon and garlic panko topping then baked until golden and bubbly.
Baked scallops with panko 2

Lemon Basil White Wine Spritzer

5 stars average
10 minutes
This light and refreshing white wine spritzer is made with bright lemon juice and basil simple syrup. The ultimate cocktail for happy hour on the deck or backyard entertaining!
Lemon basil white wine spritzer image in a wine glass

Chocolate Truffles with Sea Salt

5 stars average
3 hours 15 minutes
These chocolate truffles with sea salt are the perfect balance of sweet with a hint of savory, using coffee to naturally enhance the chocolate flavor.
Chocolate truffles with sea salt

Baked Dijon Salmon

5 stars average
37 minutes
Wild salmon baked in a delicious Dijon sauce and crusted in panko breadcrumbs, all ready in under 20 minutes.
Baked dijon salmon

Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo With Linguine

4.41 stars average
25 minutes
An easy 15 minute dinner recipe, this spicy shrimp pasta is made with tomatoes, garlic, chili flakes and linguine. 
Shrimp Fra Diavalo Pasta Recipe

Chocolate Martini

5 stars
5 minutes
If you're looking for a dessert cocktail, look no further than this cool, creamy chocolate martini recipe made with Irish cream, chocolate liqueur and vodka.
Liz pouring a chocolate martini

Baked Brie with Honey and Almonds

3.90 stars average
13 minutes
The easiest appetizer you’ll ever make, this warm baked brie with honey and sliced almonds is a crowd favorite and takes just minutes to make.
Baked Brie with almonds and apples

Garlic Soy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

4.34 stars average
55 minutes
This flank steak recipe contains a winning blend of Worcestershire, soy sauce and spices.
garlic soy marinated flank steak

Quick and Easy Beef Bourguignon

5 stars average
2 hours
Beef bourguignon is a warm and comforting French stew made with large chunks of beef and vegetables that are stewed in red wine, beef broth, and herbs. The ultimate crowd-pleaser, this make-ahead dish is ideal for entertaining.
Julia Child Beef Bourguignon Recipe

Easy French 75 Cocktail Recipe

No ratings yet
5 minutes
The ultimate celebratory cocktail recipe, the French 75 is bright, refreshing and effervesacent. Made with just three simple ingredients including gin, champagne and lemon juice.  
champagne being poured into a glass

Sautéed Salmon with Tomatoes and White Wine

No ratings yet
20 minutes
This flavor-packed seafood recipe is made with salmon sautéed with garlic, onion, white wine and tomatoes. Ready in under 20 minutes, this salmon recipe is ideal for busy weeknights but elegant enough to serve company.
Sauteed Salmon with White Wine

Beef Bolognese

4 stars
40 minutes
This hearty and comforting beef bolognese recipe is made with ground sirloin, fragrant aromatics, carrots and red wine. Always a family favorite, this easy pasta sauce is ideal for prepping ahead or freezing for later!
beef bolognese

Frozen Yogurt Coated Strawberries

4.75 stars average
15 minutes
The ultimate summer snack or dessert, whole strawberries are coated in creamy vanilla yogurt then frozen until firm. Perfect for keeping cool!
Frozen Yogurt Coated Strawberries Recipe

Jalapeño Moscow Mule

4.39 stars average
10 minutes
A spicy twist on the traditional Moscow mule recipe, this version is made with gin, jalapeños and ginger beer. The perfect drink that’s zesty, spicy and not too sweet.
Jalapeno moscow mule

Broiled White Fish with Mango Salsa

5 stars
25 minutes
Broiled white fish is topped with a sweet, tangy and slightly spicy mango salsa. This recipe works well with any firm, mild white fish!
broiled whitefish on plate with mango salsa 1

Parmesan Crusted White Fish

4.77 stars average
30 minutes
This quick and easy seafood dinner recipe is made with a garlicky parmesan crusted white fish broiled until light, flaky, and crispy.
Garlic Parmesan Baked White Fish 1

Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse

4.42 stars average
20 minutes
Cool, creamy, and full of rich chocolate flavor, you won’t miss the added fat and calories in this lightened up vegan chocolate mousse recipe.
Vegan Chocolate espresso mousse

Herbes de Provence Grilled Porterhouse Steak

4.25 stars average
20 minutes
Herbes de Provence grilled porterhouse steaks use the French herb, mashed together with fresh garlic, kosher salt, olive oil, and black pepper to create the ultimate grill rub.
Herbes de provence grilled porterhouse stak

Sparkling Pomegranate Mimosas

5 stars
5 minutes
A seasonal twist on the classic mimosas, pomegranate juice and sparkling wine come together to create the perfect brunch cocktail recipe. 
Pomegranate Mimosas Holiday Cocktail Recipe

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2 responses to “20 Date Night recipes”

  1. Carol Avatar

    perfect list for this valentine
    and love to see vegan in the list
    saving this for future

  2. Jenny Avatar

    the most perfect list you have here found many recipes and many more date ideas thanks for sharing