35 Date Night Dinners Easy Enough for a Weeknight

Because Valentine’s Day falls on a weeknight this year, it may or may not be convenient for you to enjoy a dinner out with your sweetheart. My husband and I think it’s important to celebrate our relationship throughout the year, so a date on the calendar doesn’t matter to us.

If you plan to celebrate at home, here are 35 lovely dinners that are easy enough for a weeknight yet elegant enough for date night.

Be sure to serve my Classic Creme Brulee for Two or Avocado Chocolate Mousse for the perfect sweet ending to any of these meals!

Collage of two chicken recipes and two fish recipes.

Fish and Seafood

Preparing fish and seafood at home is not as difficult as you think! Make one of these recipes for your sweetheart, and you won’t put off enjoying fish and seafood until your next restaurant visit ever again!

Mediterranean Fish and White Bean Skillet
This Mediterranean Fish and White Bean Skillet combines that sunny region's classic ingredients for the perfect healthy dinner! Flaky white fish and creamy cannellini beans are infused with bright flavor as they bake under fresh lemon slices, olives, and a Fresno chile in a white wine reduction. Best of all, this light and delicious dish comes together in just one skillet!
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Mediterranean Fish and White Bean Skillet in white cast iron skillet topped with lemon slices.
Fish en Papillote
Fish en Papillote captures all the classic flavors of the sunny region of the Mediterranean. A combination of ingredients, including juicy tomatoes, briny olives, tangy capers, fragrant garlic, olive oil, wine and refreshing lemon, is paired with fish. So much flavor all wrapped up in parchment paper parcels for a no-muss, no-fuss, healthy dinner!
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Mediterranean Fish en Papillote opened to reveal baked fish with a piece of the fish on a fork.
Pistachio Crusted Fish with Lemon Dill Aioli
Pistachio Crusted Fish with Lemon Dill Aioli is an easy restaurant-quality meal that’s perfect for date night and it’s ready in 30 minutes!
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Pistachio-Crusted Fish with Lemon-Dill Aioli - Close-up shot of fish on black plate on white background served with roasted potatoes
Baked Veracruz Fish (Pescado A La Veracruzana)
Baked Veracruz Fish (Pescado A La Veracruzana) is an easy, light, colorful and super-flavorful dish perfect for a weeknight or date night!
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Baked Veracruz-Style Fish (Pescado A La Veracruzana) - Overhead hero shot of dish in white baking dish
Baked Tilapia with Spinach Pecan Pesto
Baked Tilapia with Spinach – Pecan Pesto is an easy recipe that makes a great, healthy weeknight dinner that's also elegant enough to serve to guests!
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Baked Tilapia with Spinach Pecan Pesto - Straight-on close-up shot of finished dish garnished with chopped pecans and lemon wedges
Butter Basted Halibut with Lemon Braised Baby Vegetables
Butter-Basted Halibut with Lemon-Braised Baby Vegetables is perfect for a spring dinner for two!  It's light, fresh and the perfect way to showcase this beautiful fish!
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Blackened Halibut with Mango and Avocado Salsa
Blackened Halibut with Mango and Avocado Salsa is sure to become your new favorite fish dish!  You’ll never buy blackening spice again once you try this homemade blend!
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut with Herb Caper Butter
Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut with Herb – Caper Butter is an easy yet elegant, restaurant-quality dinner for two you'll both love! Lovely, mild, sustainable halibut is wrapped in salty, savory prosciutto, browned then draped in a lemony herb and caper compound butter.
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Close-up photo of Prosciutto-Wrapped Halibut with Herb - Caper Butter with lemon wedges in black skillet.
Indian Spiced Sea Bass with Braised Red Lentils
Indian Spiced Sea Bass with Braised Red Lentils is a healthful way to spice up a date night dinner!
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Indian Spiced Sea Bass with Braised Red Lentils overhead close-up shot in bowl with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges
Pomegranate and Orange Glazed Salmon with Stir-Fried Vegetables
Pomegranate and Orange Glazed Salmon with Stir-Fried Vegetables is healthful, light and easy to make!  Omega-rich salmon and fresh vegetables are topped with a slightly spicy fruity glaze!
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Pomegranate and Orange Glazed Salmon with Stir Fried Vegetables on white plate.
Seared Sea Scallops with Tomato Red Onion and Balsamic Salsa
Seared Sea Scallops with Tomato, Red Onion and Balsamic Salsa is a light, elegant, restaurant-quality dish for two that's also super easy!
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Seared Sea Scallops with Tomato, Red Onion and Balsamic Salsa with roasted asparagus on white plate.
Sweet Corn Risotto with Seared Sea Scallops and Basil Salsa Verde
Sweet Corn Risotto with Seared Sea Scallops and Basil Salsa Verde is a beautiful, delicious, summery date night dinner for two!
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Seared Sea Scallops with Sweet Corn Risotto and Basil Salsa Verde - Another shot of dish in white serving bowl garnished with fresh basil
Seared Scallops with Smoky Sweet Corn Puree
Seared Scallops with Smoky Sweet Corn Puree is a wonderful way to use leftover grilled corn and enjoy an elegant dinner for two at the same time!
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Seared Scallops with Smoky Corn Puree on white plate with fork.
Pistachio Crusted Sea Scallops with Champagne Risotto and Roasted Asparagus
Pistachio Crusted Sea Scallops with Champagne Risotto and Roasted Asparagus is a beautiful, restaurant-quality meal that's easy to prepare at home.  Perfect for any private celebration for two!
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Pistachio Encrusted Scallops with Champagne Risotto and Roasted Asparagus on white plate with ornate fork.
Seared Sea Scallops with Spicy Bacon Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce
Seared Sea Scallops with Spicy Bacon Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce is easy and perfect for an Italian-inspired romantic dinner for two!
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Seared Sea Scallops with Spicy Bacon Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce [Bertolli)
Shrimp Scampi with Artichokes
Shrimp Scampi with Artichokes is a lovely, easy spring-inspired classic Italian dish that's perfect for a spring date night dinner!  You can use baby artichokes or frozen!
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Shrimp and Corn Risotto with Bacon
Shrimp and Corn Risotto with Bacon is an American twist on traditional risotto and he perfect summer comfort food!
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Shrimp and Corn Risotto with Bacon in white bowl with serving spoon.

Chicken

These easy chicken recipes are perfect for sharing with your sweetie. Some are healthy, some are spicy, and all are delicious!

Marry Me Chicken For Two
The classic Marry Me Chicken recipe scaled perfectly for two–the way it should be. This famous creamy chicken dish with sun-dried tomatoes is super easy to make and perfect for any date night.
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Marry Me Chicken in white bowl with angel hair pasta and fork garnished with fresh basil leaves.
40 Clove Garlic Chicken
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic is a classic French country dish that's perfect for a weeknight dinner or your most elegant dinner party.  Paired with budget-friendly chicken thighs, all that garlic mellows into buttery goodness for a dish you'll fall in love with!
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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic - Overhead hero shot of finished dish in white cast iron pan garnished with fresh parsley and rosemary sprigs
Moroccan Chicken with Jeweled Couscous
Moroccan Chicken with Jeweled Couscous is like a quick culinary escape to Morrocco!  The couscous comes together quickly while the chicken bakes.  The two together make a stunning presentation!
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Grilled Bruschetta Chicken with Zucchini Noodles
Bruschetta Chicken with Zucchini Noodles is Italian-inspired, light, fresh, healthful and easy as summer itself.  Perfect for low-carb, Paleo or gluten-free diets, too!
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Crab Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Crab Stuffed Chicken Breasts are elegant enough for a dinner party yet easy enough for a weeknight! A perfect date night dinner for two!
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Curry Braised Chicken Thighs
Spice up the night with your loved one with this Indian-inspired dinner for two! Serve with plenty of brown basmati rice to soak up this flavorful sauce.
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Curry Braised Chicken Thighs hero shot in pan garnished with cilantro on dark wood surface with yellow striped towel
Korean Braised Chicken Thighs
Korean Braised Chicken Thighs use the most flavorful and budget-friendly part of the chicken for a dish you’ll crave again and again!
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Korean Braised Chicken Thighs - Overhead shot of dish in cast iron skillet garnished with scallion and sesame seeds
Chicken Pinot Noir with Wild Mushrooms and Fresh Basil
Chicken Pinot Noir with Wild Mushrooms and Fresh Basil is a dish with a European flair!  A rich, yet light wine sauce with earthy wild mushrooms is perfect for transitioning from summer to fall!
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Chicken in Rosa Sauce with Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Spinach
Chicken in Rosa Sauce with Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Spinach is perfect for your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home!  This simply delicious romantic Tuscan-inspired meal will have you asking for amoré! 
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Chicken in Rosa Sauce with Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Spinach - Overhead shot of dish on gray stone background in white serving bowls

Beef, Pork, and Lamb

These beef, pork, and lamb dishes are the perfect easy and delicious indulgence for date night!

Beef Tenderloin Fillets with Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce
Beef Tenderloin Fillets with Spinach Cambozola Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce is entree and side dish all in one.  You might call this dish seriously “over-the-top!”
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Beef Tenderloin Fillets with Spinach Cambozola Stuffed Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce with steak knife on plate set on wood cutting board.
Lighter Beef Stroganoff
Lighter Beef Stroganoff is a healthier twist on a rich and luxurious dish that has aristocratic origins.  This lightened-up version, scaled for two servings, makes it perfect for today.
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Spicy Tahini Pork Medallions with Harissa Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
Spicy Tahini Pork Medallions with Harissa Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges is a super-tasty dinner for two!  You’ll enjoy making this spicy, flavorful dish for that special someone and it’s also the perfect easy dinner you can make together!  It’s so good, my husband practically licked his plate!
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Spicy Tahini Pork Medallions with Harissa Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges - Overhead hero close-up shot on blue background
Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon Mustard Sauce
Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon – Mustard Sauce is perfect for elegant entertaining!  It's easy, elegant and can be prepped ahead.
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Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon - Mustard Sauce - Straight-on hero shot of pork tenderloin on wood cutting board with pecans and fresh thyme scattered around
Sicilian Stuffed Pork Chops with White Wine and Caper Sauce
Sicilian Stuffed Pork Chops with White Wine and Caper Sauce is an elegant way to dress up a dinnertime staple–the pork chop!
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Sicilian Stuffed Pork Chops with White Wine Caper Sauce in white dish.
Parmesan and Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops
Parmesan and Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops are easy to prepare and perfect for a spring special occasion for two.
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Pan-Seared Lamb Chops with Anchovy Butter
Here's an easy, restaurant-quality weeknight or date night dinner that's done in about 30 minutes! Seared Lamb Chops with Anchovy Butter rocks with flavor but are made from simple ingredients.
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Seared Lamb Chops with Anchovy Butter on patinated baking sheet.

Starters and Sides

Au Gratin Potatoes for Two
A delicious and simple side dish, cheesy, creamy Au Gratin Potatoes for Two is the perfect addition to your date night dinner. Pairs beautifully with so many main courses!
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Two oval dishes of Au Gratin Potatoes for Two with fork digging into one.
French Onion Soup for Two
French Onion Soup is a classic that is always in season! This version is scaled perfectly for a lovely dinner for two!
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French Onion Soup for Two - Close-up shot with spoon lifting out some of the soup

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  1. So many delicious recipes. I’ve bookmarked three of them, and I can’t wait to try them – especially the Orange-Glazed Salmon. I feel like I can almost taste it just from your images 🙂 xo