Quick and easy Valentine's Day menu

  • By Natalie Hardwick - Reviews editor - bbcgoodfood.com

Don't let the idea of a romantic meal stress you out – our Valentine's Day recipe ideas are quick, easy and stylish. Find starter, main course and dessert inspiration.

Bowl of mussels with cavolo nero and chorizo sauce

Think it takes too much fussing around to create a stylish Valentine's meal? It doesn't have to. Try these quick, easy dishes, and save your time and energy for the sweet talk. 

For more inspiration, see our classic Valentine’s menu and the 10 most popular Valentine’s Day dishes.  

Quick and easy Valentine's Day recipes

Starter: speedy seafood

Lobster bisque topped with scallops and prawns, served in bowls
Seafood like mussels, clams and squid take little time to cook. This extra special spiced lobster bisque is topped with flash-cooked garlic scallops and prawns. Your dining companion needn't know the cookery shortcut – the bisque comes out of a can.


Main course: marinated steak

Bavette steaks in a cast iron griddle pan with herbs and lemon
James Martin's super-speedy marinated bavette steak has heaps of flavour and stays moist from the marinade that's made from a heady mix of soy, ginger, garlic, balsamic vinegar and honey. If you can't find bavette steak, try flank instead. To char your meat to perfection, read our expert guide to cooking the best ever steak.


Dessert: Simple one-pot pudding

Quick and easy tiramisu in individual glasses

Step away from the cooker! Our quick and easy tiramisu takes only 15 minutes to prepare and absoluely zero time cooking. Just stick the kettle on to make the coffee, then combine liqueur, mascarpone, condensed milk, sponge fingers and cocoa to create the definitive Italian dessert.


Cocktail: Stirred not shaken

Classic negroni in a short rocks glass

The mighty negroni cocktail requires minimum prep. Just pour your ingredients, stir and serve. A slice of orange will set it off a treat – try and find blood orange if it's still in season. But be warned, this gin, vermouth and Campari concoction certainly packs a boozy punch.

Valentine's Day recipe inspiration

More Valentine's Day starter ideas

Mussels with chorizo, beans & cavolo nero 
Prawn & chorizo skewers with gremolata 
DIY British beef crostini
Pea & broad bean hummus with goat’s cheese & sourdough
Warm mackerel & beetroot salad

More Valentine's Day mains ideas

Baked sea bass with lemon caper dressing
Salmon & broccoli cakes with watercress, avocado & tomato salad
Stuffed chicken with lemon, capers & chilli
Spaghetti with Spanish flavours
Steamed mussels with cider, spring onions & cream

More Valentine's Day desserts

Chocolate & coffee truffle pots
Almond & apricot trifles
Chocolate & berry mousse pots 
Pineapple sorbet with fresh mango
Pink grapefruit, raspberry & mint jellies

For more top-rated romantic meals, see our Valentine's Day collection.

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catie74
14th Feb, 2017
Fresh shucked oysters Moules frites Mango and lime sorbet
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