10 most popular Valentine's Day recipes (2024)

Every Valentine’s Day, steak is the overwhelming favourite of Good Food users. Thousands of you want to know how to cook the perfect steak (top tip: the secret is quick cooking and constant attention). Browse our best steak recipes and Valentine's Day steak recipes for ideas using all cuts including sirloin and rib-eye, plus get ideas for leaner suppers and steak salads.

The recipe pictured above is our . For a classic steak & chip combo, see our recipe for , while our makes a budget-friendly steak supper.

And let’s not forget about the steak sauces and sides. Peppercorn sauce is your favourite accompaniment, closely followed by bistro classic, . Our guide to side dishes is packed with inspiration for more sauces, potatoes and other accompaniments (mac ‘n’ cheese, anyone?).

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2. Dauphinoise potatoes

If you’re going attempt to make a spud romantic, giving it the French treatment isn’t a bad idea. It seems plenty of you take that route as this creamy gratin is the most popular side dish on Valentine’s Day.

Take it up a notch with our next level dauphinoise potatoes recipe, or work it into a main course in its own right, by using it to top a lamb hotpot, or adding smoked salmon and celeriac.

3. Spaghetti carbonara

Another rich and creamy dish that our users can’t get enough of on Valentine’s Day is carbonara. With its heady mix of cheese, eggs and crispy pancetta, plus the fact that it only takes about half an hour to cook from start to finish, it’s hardly surprising.

If you’re looking for a fail-safe option that’s sure to impress, check out our five star-rated classic carbonara. For an even more indulgent spin, add a few drops of truffle oil or swap for smoked salmon.

4. Cupcakes

Instead of buying chocolates, some of you choose to make your own edible gifts. Last year, thousands of you said ‘I love you’ with cupcakes. Your favourites were our easy vanilla buttercream cupcakes, followed by chocolate and .

Get more Valentine’s ideas for sweet treats you can make yourself. See our top 10 Valentine's cupcakes and all our best Valentine's baking recipes.

5. Quick & easy co*cktails

Lots of you were looking for co*cktail inspiration last year – our guide on 10 quick and easy Valentine’s Day co*cktails notched up thousands of views.

See our Valentine's Day co*cktail for a romantic ruby-red tipple, or discover more Valentine's Day co*cktail recipes.

And our users seem particularly partial to a martini, with recipes for passionfruit martini and espresso martini among our most popular all year round. Browse our best co*cktail recipes for more ideas. We’ve also got lots of mocktail recipes including , faux fizz and a mock mojito.

6. Pork chops

Serve up a simple dinner with a difference with these easy pork chops, served with mustardy butter beans and spinach. It's a flavour-packed dish which also delivers three of your five-a-day, leaving you with room to indulge on dessert.

For more quick and easy Valentine's meal ideas, see our quick and easy Valentine's Day menu, as well as our budget Valentine's Day ideas for pocket-friendly recipes. Short on time but want to impress your sweetheart? Check out our last-minute Valentine's Day menu.

7. Tomato & mascarpone risotto

A comforting risotto for two is perfect for a Valentine's evening wind-down. You can easily double the quantities, giving you leftovers for the days that follow, plus you could throw some sun dried tomatoes in for a richer, decadent flavour.

Veggie and vegan recipes have become increasingly popular on the site over the past couple of years, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Last year, you loved our easy veggie Valentine’s Day menu, with dish suggestions including courgette carpaccio to start, for main and a boozy chocolate fondue for pud.

See our vegetarian and vegan recipe ideas for Valentine’s Day.

8. Strawberry cheesecake

Strawberries might not be in season in February but that doesn’t stop you craving our no-bake cheesecake topped with strawberry purée. For a more seasonal alternative, try this fresh and citrusy lemon cheesecake or our rich chocolate hazelnut cheesecake.

Cheesecake requires a bit of forward planning – many recipes need you to prepare it the night before to give it plenty of time to set. But for the organised among you, the results are worth it.

9. Seafood

Not all of you plump for a meat-heavy main. Our users are venturing into seafood dishes for two, whether it's a or spicy .

Sea bass searches have been steadily growing over the years and on 14 February it seems our users love scanning our sea bass recipe collection to find something different for their Valentine’s spread. Try it Italian-style, en papillote, steamed with Asian flavours or baked with a lemon caper dressing.

For more impressive seafood recipes, from pastas and paellas to creamy chowders and curries, see our comprehensive seafood recipe collection.

10. Valentine's biscuits

After cupcakes, biscuits are your favourite Valentine’s Day bake. There are so many different decorations to choose from, including these jammy heart drops and caption cookies, but our slice and bake biscuits were your top choice last year. Check out our best Valentine’s Day biscuit recipes for more inspiration.


What do you rustle up for your loved one on Valentine’s Day? Leave a comment below...

10 most popular Valentine's Day recipes (2024)


What is the most popular food for Valentine's Day? ›

Chocolate. Chocolate is a foolproof dessert option for any special occasion, and most certainly for Valentine's Day. A bit of history: the timeless classic heart-shaped box of chocolates, one of the most popular Valentine's Day offerings today, originated in Britain in 1868 as Richard Cadbury's initiative.

What is sold the most on Valentines Day? ›

Candy: As the saying goes, “Candy for the win!” It comes as no surprise that candy tops the list, with 57% of people purchasing sweets for their loved ones on Valentine's Day. Chocolates, in particular, are a timeless classic and a symbol of romance.

What food and drinks are typical for Valentine's Day? ›

Honey – Bees are traditionally a symbol of love because of the sweetness of honey and the bitterness of their sting. It's no wonder that honey is also used to celebrate Valentine's Day. Strawberries – Their read color and heart shape make strawberries a perfect fruit to celebrate love.

What is the most eaten candy on Valentine's Day? ›

Chocolate is the most popular candy for Valentine's Day for a reason. These delicious treats pair perfectly with any gift. Give chocolates alongside flowers or stuffed animals. You could also gift them as a dessert after a fancy dinner, or to go with a nice bottle of wine.

How to make a romantic dinner at home? ›

Candles, string lights, and music can all help to evoke an intimate ambience, so adding a these to your Valentine's table setting can help set the tone for the evening. You could dim the lights, put on your favorite songs, and add a few candles of varying heights to create the perfect romantic atmosphere.

What food represents Valentine's Day? ›

According to our 2022 Seasonality Report, peppermint is the item that's most unique to winter menus, but other top items are all linked to Valentine's Day: heart, Bavarian (cream), brownie, raspberry and strawberry. Filled donuts and those with berry filling or frosting are especially common at this time of year.

What are the top 3 items consumers buy for Valentine's Day? ›

Beyond The Classic Heart-Shaped Bouquet And Chocolates

While flowers, candy and greeting cards still top the list of main gifts, younger generations are shifting the way Valentine's Day is being celebrated, looking beyond traditional gifts.

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