Valentine's Day is an opportunity to show off (or practice) your cooking chops for your best friends or your significant other. But, if you're anywhere near as indecisive as I am, you'll spend most of your time wondering what the h*ll to even make. To save you the hassle, I curated Valentine's Day dinners with my favorite Spoon recipes to suit different cuisines and dietary preferences — you're welcome.

Quick and Easy

We get it. Not everyone has a few hours to prep for Valentine's Day dinner. You can make these dishes in less than an hour and still impress your date.

Main Course: Seafood Spaghetti di Nero

garlic, seafood, pasta
Katie Huang

This seafood spaghetti only takes 20 minutes and one pot to make, yet it tastes as if you spent hours on it. Get the recipe here.

Dessert: Chocolate Chip S'mores Cookies

candy, cream, cake, pastry, sweet, chocolate
Vi Tran

Take a store-bought chocolate chip cookie to the next level in just 15 seconds. Here's how.

Drink: French Hot Chocolate

cappuccino, milk, espresso, tea, coffee
Holly Birchfield

Go on a trip to France with this chocolate chaud (aka French hot chocolate) in a quick 5 minutes. Make it now.


Want a fancy Valentine's dinner without the price tag? We've got you.

Main Course: Lavender-Crusted Pork Chops

lamb, steak, pork
Charlotte Hull

Your date will feel like she's at a 5-star restaurant with this main course. Get the recipe here.

Dessert: Tiramisu

dairy product, pudding, custard, pie, chocolate, pastry, cream, sweet, cake
Isabel Wang

Tiramisu just sounds fancy as f*ck, and you can make one at home. Here's how.

Drink: Pop Rocks-Rimmed Red Wine Slushy

Red wine is great for date night, but this pop rocks-rimmed red wine slushy is even better. It shows you did more than just buy a wine and pour it.


Skip Chinese takeout and opt for this classier, Asian-inspired meal.

Main Course: Peanut Sesame Noodles

spaghetti, broccoli, pasta
Julia Liang

These noodles bring in Asian flavors with a flavorful peanut sauce and sesame oil. Get the recipe here.

Dessert: Vietnamese Coffee Toast

Make this Vietnamese spin of a Japanese brick toast. You can even customize it with your favorite ice creams and syrups.

Drink: Thai Iced Tea

espresso, cream, cappuccino, yogurt, milkshake, coffee, milk
Irene Kim

There's no need to spend $3 on Thai iced tea when you can make your own. Here's how.


Are you and your date alcohol lovers? Here's a Valentine's Day meal that includes booze in every course.

Main Course: Red Wine Bruschetta Pasta

Kick off your boozy evening with this red wine bruschetta pasta. It uses 5 cups of red wine, and you can customize it with your favorite cheeses and herbs.

Dessert: White Russian Cocktail Cake

pastry, sweet, candy, cream, chocolate, cake
Eileen Wang

You cannot go wrong with this boozy cake. Here's how to make it.

Drink: Champagne Cocktails

ice, liquor, juice, cocktail, alcohol, wine
Tarika Narain

Why just serve champagne when you can make these champagne cocktails instead?


Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, or meat-loving, you're going to love this meal.

Main Course: Stuffed Squash

squash, meat, acorn squash, rice, vegetable
Clara Park

This stuffed squash is flavorful and filling, a dish even meat-lovers will be jealous of. Here's how to make it.

Dessert: Dark Chocolate-Covered Rice Krispies Bites
milk, candy, sweet, chocolate
Anna Hirschorn

Anyone who thinks vegans are missing out is totally wrong. These dark chocolate-covered rice krispies bites are out of this world.

Drink: Mango Basil Smoothie

juice, mint, spinach, herb, vegetable, basil
Carolyn Hsieh

This smoothie is so refreshing and can compliment any meal. Get the recipe here.


Childhood friends or high school sweethearts? Take it back in time with these innovative twists on childhood dishes.

Main Course: Mac n' Cheese Sliders

Mac 'n cheese is great, but it's not an ideal Valentine's Day meal. Make these mac 'n cheese sliders instead.

Dessert: Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich

cake, sandwich, cream, cookie, chocolate
Holly Park

What a combination — Oreos and ice cream sandwich. Here's how to make this nostalgic dessert.

Drink: Cinnamon Hot Cocoa

mocha, sweet, chocolate, cream, espresso, milk, cappuccino, coffee
Vi Tran

Remember the days you'd drink hot cocoa on cold, winter nights? Snuggle up and revisit that tradition with this cinnamon hot cocoa.


Continue living up to your New Year's resolution of eating healthier with this Valentine's Day dinner.

Main Course: Lemon, Herb Salmon

seafood, fish, salmon
Jocelyn Hsu

Get a number of essential nutrients with this salmon dish. Get the recipe here.

Dessert: Apple Galette

pastry, sweet, bread
Kristine Mahan

This gluten-free apple galette is healthy, delicious, and easy to make. Win-win situation. Here's how to make it.

Drink: Pineapple Basil Agua Fresca

cocktail, mint, sweet, smoothie, ice, juice
Katie Huang

Round off your healthy meal with a pineapple basil agua fresca to get lots of vitamins and minerals. Here's what you'll need.

Now you have all the recipes you need to make a kickass Valentine's Day dinner! Here's how to plate these dishes and set your table like a pro.

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