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Looking for recipes to stay in and cook? These Valentine’s Day dinner ideas make a great date night or romantic dinner!

Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas
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What’s better than a night in for Valentine’s Day? We love dinner out, but there’s something cozy about staying in and cooking dinner with the people you love. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a dinner with the whole family, there are so many ideas to make a special meal!

And who better to hear from than us, a couple who cooks together? We’re two cookbook authors and recipe writers who’ve made a career of sharing the kitchen. Here we’ve compiled all our favorite Valentine’s Day dinner ideas and recipes for cozy night in. Each recipe has a bit of a romantic vibe, but works for the whole family too!

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And now, Valentine’s Day dinner ideas and recipes!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

50 Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 15 to 20 strawberries 1x


Here’s how to make chocolate covered strawberries: an easy dessert that’s impressive every time! This recipe makes perfectly dipped berries.


  • 1 pound ripe strawberries
  • 5 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips (like Guittard or Ghirardelli)
  • Toppings: sprinkles, crushed pistachios (shown), crushed freeze dried raspberries (shown), crushed nuts, toasted coconut, white chocolate to drizzle (see recipe), and so forth


  1. Wash and dry the strawberries: Wash the strawberries and gently pat them as dry as possible.
  2. Line a baking sheet and prep toppings: Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Prepare all your toppings in advance and place them in bowls next to the baking sheet.
  3. Melt the chocolate: Place the chocolate chips into a dry glass measuring cup or small glass cup or bowl: the smaller the better. (Make sure it’s completely dry or the chocolate will seize.) Microwave on High power for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave another 30 seconds, stir, and 30 seconds more and stir. At this point it should be mostly melted with a few chunks: keep stirring until all the chocolate chunks disappear and the chocolate is perfectly smooth. (Keep stirring if it doesn’t fully melt. You can try another 10 second burst and stir again, but you’ll want to avoid getting the chocolate too hot. Read more at How to Microwave Chocolate.)
  4. Dip the strawberries and add toppings: Hold the green portion of a strawberry. Dip the strawberry into the chocolate and then pull it out, twisting it to let the excess drip off. Place the strawberry onto the baking sheet. Immediately sprinkle it with toppings, since the chocolate dries quickly.
  5. Refrigerate: Refrigerate the tray of strawberries for 30 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. They’re best the day of making, but they can store for up to 1 day uncovered (don’t place them in a sealed container or they become soggy). 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sabrina says:

    these are fun, and I still haven’t made Cacio e Pepe, even thought I have a go to pasta a la carbonara dish that I love, so thank you, and love that this is also a handy cocktail and dessert list too!

  2. Neet And Angel says:

    Love these Valentine’s Day dinner ideas! Can’t wait to try out the spinach and feta stuffed chicken breasts. It’s a great alternative to the classic steak and lobster dinner 😋

  3. Bianca says:

    The cherry chocolate tart was probably the best dessert that I have ever had in my life! I will be back for more recipes

    1. Sonja says:

      Oh we are so glad to hear this! So glad you enjoyed it Bianca!

  4. Allyson (Considering The Radish) says:

    Agreed that vegetarian food doesn’t seem very romantic- I’m not sure if it’s because vegetables rarely scream “indulgent” or if we just need better marketing. But this is a solid list of things I want to eat- especially that carbonara. That looks so impossibly good.

    1. Sonja says:

      Haha I guess that must be it! The carbonara is super delish! The egg yolk makes the best creamy sauce :)