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17 Fancy Date Night Dinners You Can Actually Master

Hot take: Going out to dinner for Valentine’s Day is kind of overrated—especially in 2021. Why sit out in the cold this year when you can (Very easily) cook dinner for you and your partner at home? To help you out, I’ve put together a list of easy date-night dinners for two that you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen for less than the price of a prix fixe meal. These straightforward recipes are easy to master and don’t take hours of prep work or planning, so prepare to wow your partner with your skills—even if you’re not a master chef. 

Here’s the thing: Going out to dinner is great, but a romantic home-cooked meal is one of the  sweetest things you can do for someone you love. Some of the recipes below call for fancy-ish ingredients like shiitake mushrooms or ribeye steak—things that you can find at any supermarket, but might not normally buy. Others have simpler ingredient lists but take a little extra time and care to put together. Either way, they’re special meals that will inspire you to start eating in a lot more often once you’ve master a few of these date night recipes. 

No matter which meal you choose, these fancy (Easy!) dinners for two are an awesome way to show someone that you really care without splurging on an over-priced night otut. From yummy chicken parm that you make in a skillet to or fancy lobster risotto, pick your favorite, and make this Valentine’s Day dinner extra special. Or any date night in, for that matter  

STYLECAStER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Roasted Mushrooms and Creamy Polenta

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Roasted Mushrooms and Creamy Polenta

If you don’t want to cook meat, fancy mushrooms make a great, date-appropriate alternative. Roasted mushrooms over polenta is restaurant-worthy, but relatively easy.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Skillet Chicken Parm

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Skillet Chicken Parm

Keep things saucy with date night skillet chicken parm.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Beef Bourgignon

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Beef Bourguignon

Julia Child fans out there will appreciate the care and attention that goes in to the perfect beef bourguignon—and your date will, too.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken Cacciatore

Serve this skillet chicken cacciatore over pasta or rice, and get ready for a seriously delicious night in.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Chicken Pot Pie

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie might not be the sexiest date night dinner, but it’s a great way to show someone you love them.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Lobster Risotto

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Lobster Risotto

Master this lobster risotto and you’ll have an A+ date night option forever.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | One-Pot Creamy Chicken Mushroom Florentine

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One-Pot Creamy Chicken Mushroom Florentine

This chicken and mushroom florentine actually serves four, but earns its spot on this list because of how simultaneously simple and special it is.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Asparagus With Shrimp and Angel Hair

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Asparagus With Shrimp and Angel Hair

This delicate shrimp and asparagus pasta tastes like spring—which, actually, is exactly what you need in the depths of winter.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Brown Butter Scallops and Parmesan Risotto

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Brown Butter Scallops and Parmesan Risotto

If you think of scallops as a restaurant-only food, think again. These brown butter scallops are quick to make, and take just a little bit of kitchen finesse.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Vegetable Tamale Pies

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Vegetable Tamale Pies

If meat-free comfort food is your jam, nothing is more romantic than an individual tamale pie.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Sauteed Salmon With Citrus Salsa

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Sautéed Salmon With Citrus Salsa

This sautéed salmon with citrus salsa is on the lighter side, which leaves plenty of room for dessert.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Shitake Asparagus Sauté With a Poached Egg

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Shitake Asparagus Sauté with a Poached Egg

Veggies go fancy in this shitake and asparagus sauté.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Cast-Iron Ribeye With Mushrooms

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Cast-Iron Ribeye with Mushrooms

If you want to go big, there’s nothing quite as impressive as a perfectly seared ribeye.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Shrimp Scampi

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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is a classic that never gets old.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Seared Hanger Steak With Tahini and Smashed Charred Beets

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Seared Hanger Steak with Tahini and Smashed Charred Beets

Sweet beets and bitter tahini round out this juicy hanger steak.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Seared Duck Breast With Cherries and Port Sauce

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Seared Duck Breast with Cherries and Port Sauce

This seared duck breast is perfect for your once-a-year Valentine’s date night in.

STYLECASTER | 17 Fancy Date Night Dinners That Are Actually Super Easy | Margherita Pizza

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Margherita Pizza

Be honest: The most romantic thing someone could ever do for you is make pizza from scratch.


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