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Top 14 Date Night Recipes for Valentine’s Day

29/01/2024 (Last Updated: 31/01/2024)

Celebrate love at home with these incredible date night recipes perfect for Valentine’s Day! From sweet treats and easy starters, to delicious mains and desserts, make this year’s celebration unforgettable with our delicious and easy-to-follow recipe ideas.

Plate of Dutch mini pancakes with strawberries and powdered sugar.
Mini bite size poffertjes pancakes look extra romantic with fresh strawberries.

Why We Love This

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to spoil your loved one or just your best friend, and here at Wandercooks HQ we love the chance to get in the kitchen and cook for the joy of it!

We’ve gathered together a collection of our favourite recipes that feel extra special to spoil ourselves and settle in for a cosy date night at home.

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Chinese broccoli and crispy pork stir fry in a frying pan.
Skip the restaurant and cook up your favourite dishes together at home!

Sweet Treats

We’re kicking off the list with our favourite gorgeous sweet treats for those who’d like to make something small and fun. These super cute treats capture the love and magic of Valentine’s Day (in bite size form!). They’re honestly too good to enjoy on just one day though. Why not whip them up anytime you want to say ‘I love you’!

A hand holding a three layered jelly slice.
Super Easy Jelly Slice Recipe
Jelly slice is a sweet and stunning treat for parties and gatherings, guaranteed to disappear the instant it hits the table! This super easy Aussie recipe features the iconic three layers – biscuit base, condensed milk and red jelly – and only 7 ingredients.
Super Easy Jelly Slice Recipe
Close up shot of a coconut ice slice.
Simple 4 Ingredient Coconut Ice
What’s not to love about Coconut Ice – a deliciously sweet, milky coconut treat – and we do mean SWEET! This kid-friendly recipe is only 4 ingredients and prepared in 10 minutes. No cook means no risky boiling required like the old fashioned version.
Simple 4 Ingredient Coconut Ice
Dutch mini pancakes on a plate with strawberries.
Simple Poffertjes – Dutch Mini Pancakes
The best weekend breakfast, snack or dessert you can ask for – Poffertjes! Grab 7 ingredients, and you’ll have a stack of Dutch mini pancakes piling on your plate in no time.
Simple Poffertjes – Dutch Mini Pancakes
Golden carbonara garnished with pecorino romano and black pepper in a white bowl on grey tea towel.
Your take out favourites like this epic carbonara taste way better cooked fresh at home!

Entrees & Starters

A three course meal is the ultimate way to spoil someone through food and show them how much you care. Try one of these amazing entrees or starters to set the tone for a fun night with friends or a romantic dinner for two.

Rice paper roll cut in half and dipped in peanut hoisin sauce.
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Sauce
Vietnamese rice paper rolls are super quick to prepare! Packed with juicy prawns, vermicelli, crisp lettuce and mint, they’re perfect as a light snack or healthy lunch. Pair them with our peanut hoisin dipping sauce – you won’t want to stop at one!
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Sauce
An oyster topped with kilpatrick sauce on a bed of rock salt.
Easy Australian Oysters Kilpatrick
Ready in 20 minutes, this amazing oysters kilpatrick recipe is perfect for entertaining at home. Topped with crispy bacon and our amped up kilpatrick sauce, it’s the best way to kickstart your Christmas celebrations!
Easy Australian Oysters Kilpatrick
Prawns sitting on avocado, tomato and onion for a prawn cocktail salad.
Prawn Cocktail Salad
Bring festive flavour and bright colour to your table with this gorgeous prawn cocktail salad. A modern take on a popular Aussie entree, this salad is quick, easy and ready to celebrate!
Prawn Cocktail Salad

The Main Course

These are our most favourite go-to dishes when we want to spoil each other at home. You can be sneaky and cook them up as a surprise, but we think it’s way more fun to hop in the kitchen together, crank up some music and cook the night away!

Crispy pieces of pork belly tossed with greens in a frying pan.
Thai Crispy Pork Stir Fry – Kana Moo Grob
Wok tossed to perfection, kana moo grob features air-fried crispy pork belly tossed with Chinese broccoli in a soy and garlic sauce that’ll have you coming back for seconds. One of our favourite Thai dinners we order together!
Thai Crispy Pork Stir Fry – Kana Moo Grob
Creamy, golden carbonara in a white bowl on a white plate.
The Creamiest No Cream Carbonara Pasta
A super easy Italian carbonara pasta without cream – ready in 20 mins! Make this ultra creamy dish with simple ingredients – just pasta, egg, pancetta (or bacon!) and pecorino romano cheese.
The Creamiest No Cream Carbonara Pasta
Miso glazed salmon sits on a bed of rice.
Simple Miso Salmon
Fry up this melt-in-your-mouth miso salmon in just 10 minutes! Slathered in a classic Japanese combination of miso, sake and more – you’ll never have boring fish again.
Simple Miso Salmon
Thinly sliced steak next to a bowl of nam jim jaew and lettuce.
Simple Crying Tiger Steak with Nam Jim Jaew Dipping Sauce
Learn to cook incredible Thai beef in less than 20 minutes! Impress your guests (and yourself!) with juicy, tender Crying Tiger Steak and spicy Thai dipping sauce (Nam Jim Jaew).
Simple Crying Tiger Steak with Nam Jim Jaew Dipping Sauce
Close up shot of eton mess, showing the meringue base topped with fresh cream, strawberries, kiwi fruit and mint.
This mini meringe dessert looks super fancy but is ready in minutes!

Decadent Desserts

A sweet dessert is the perfect finishing touch to a special meal. These simple dessert recipes look special without the fuss, and are easy to make in small portions. Perfect for two!

A glass jar filled with sago pudding, topped wth mango and syrup.
Sago Pudding with Coconut & Mango
Sago pudding is so light and refreshing, we love the tropical flavours and chewy texture of the sago pearls. It's a gorgeous dessert that tastes amazing, the perfect end to a delicious meal!
Sago Pudding with Coconut & Mango
A mini eton mess pavlova on a plate with fruit, cream and crumbled meringue garnish.
Super Quick Eton Mess – Meringue Dessert
For a fast, easy and super impressive dessert, look no further than eton mess! Get this crunchy meringue dessert on the table in just 5 minutes using store bought meringue nests, whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
Super Quick Eton Mess – Meringue Dessert
A glass filled with blancmange pudding and topped with blackberry coulis.
Easy Blancmange Recipe
Surprise your guests (and yourself) with this impressively easy blancmange drizzled with a quick homemade blackberry coulis. It’s similar to vanilla pudding or panna cotta, but set without gelatin, and you can even make it dairy free!
Easy Blancmange Recipe
A glass filled with coffee jelly cubes and fresh cream poured over it.
Easy Japanese Coffee Jelly
What’s better than a coffee you can drink? Coffee you can eat! Japanese Coffee Jelly is a light dessert made in advance and ready to impress. Only 5 ingredients!
Easy Japanese Coffee Jelly

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