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Valentine’s Day Dinner

The perfect Valentine’s Day Dinner starts with your grill or smoker. Hands down, live-fire cooking adds amazing flavor to steaks, seafood, sides, and even desserts! Below we have crafted several options to help you construct the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner menu. Start with your choice of steak, pair with a seafood item, followed by a side dish, dessert item, and finally, an optional topping or an alternative main protein. Some steaks recipes already contain a compound butter. However, you can substitute them for other toppings like Crab Oscar or bacon butter! The options are plenty, so light up your grill and get ready for a memorable night!

Valentine's Day Dinner

Valentine’s Dinner Steaks:

We can all agree that a well-made steak is key to a successful Valentine’s Day Dinner! We have three favorite steak recipes to choose from, including the traditional steak of love, aka, the filet mignon, followed by the meat lovers cowboy steak, and finally the tried and true T-bone.

1.) Grilled Filet Mignon with Herb Compound Butter

valentine's Day Filet Mignon with Herb Butter

This grilled filet mignon is insanely delicious and a great grilled steak choice for special occasions like Valentine’s Day and anniversaries. These filets are grilled to perfection then topped with a delicious herb and black pepper compound butter. Fantastic! Try it HERE!

2.) Pellet Grill Cowboy Steak

Pellet Cowboy Steak

There is nothing more rewarding than biting into a perfectly cooked cowboy steak. And even better, we take these bad boys to the pellet grill for a low and slow cook, then reverse sear them to form a delicious crust on the outside. This steak will be one of the best you’ve ever had! Get the RECIPE!

3.) T-Bone Steaks with Herb Rub

Valentine's Day T-bone

These T-Bone steaks are slathered with a flavorful oregano, basil, and garlic seasoning rub then grilled. Reverse searing creates a beautiful crust, where the herb paste caramelizes to perfection. Absolutely delicious! TRY IT!

Seafood:

Make surf n’ turf the theme of your Valentine’s Day Dinner! Pair these delectable seafood offerings with one of the steaks above. Not too keen on red meat? Serve one or two items as the main course for your romantic dinner.

1.) Cast-Iron Jumbo Shrimp

cast-iron jumbo shrimp

These Latin-American inspired cast-iron jumbo shrimp are marinated in lemon juice, sazon, garlic, shallots and cooked hot and fast on the grill. We leave the shells on these shrimps, adding a little extra flavor to the sauce during the cooking process. Plus, it’s fun to slurp all that seasoned goodness off of them. YUM! Get the RECIPE!

2.) Grilled Lobster Tails with Pesto

Grilled Lobster Tails with Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Grilled Lobster Tails with Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Lobster is one of our favorite items to take to the grill. Not only does it cook quickly, but the flame-kissed flavor is amazing! Our recipe for grilled lobster tails with pesto will have you coming back for more. These halved tails are grilled over charcoal and topped with a cilantro-pumpkin seed pesto to die for—the perfect main course for special occasions. Make it NOW!

3.) Cast Iron Scallops on the Grill

Cast Iron Scallops on the Grill

These succulent seared scallops are bathed in a buttery lemon-pepper sauce. Serve them as an appetizer or main course. Either way, it will be a delicious treat for you and your special someone! Recipe HERE!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Sides:

Potatoes and steaks go hand in hand, but don’t worry; we have a low-carb side dish as well. Most folks love bacon, so we recommend adding it somewhere on your Valentine’s Day dinner menu!

1.) Pellet Grill Baked Potatoes

Pellet Grill Baked Potato with bacon, cheese and chives

These smoked pellet grill baked potatoes are crazy good, and you’ll absolutely love them! Not only are potatoes a versatile side dish, but they can be cooked low and slow right along with your main protein. Make it!

2.) Smoked Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback Potatoes

These Smoked Hasselback Potatoes are incredibly delicious and so easy to make! We skip the oven and place these perfectly sliced whole potatoes straight into the smoker. In 2 hours, you’ll have a breathtaking side dish for your Valentine’s Day dinner! RECIPE.

3.) Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

Green Beans-bacon wrapped
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Want to keep your carb count low? Reach for these bacon-wrapped green beans. Let’s be honest here; everything is better with bacon! And, they have great presentation quality, especially when nestled beside a fancy steak! Instruction HERE!

Dessert:

Some sweets for your sweet! Choose a dessert option below. Choose a quick and easy dessert like smoked chocolate sauce or a longer cooked item like the smoked cream cheese dessert. Either way, your Valentine will love it!

1.) Smoked Chocolate Sauce

Smoked chocolate sauce over ice cream in a bowl
Smoked chocolate sauce

This smoked chocolate sauce, infused with a kiss of smoke flavor, will ramp up your dessert game! Drizzle this smoky chocolate sauce over ice cream, grilled fruits, or even chocolate cake. We love this sauce on brownies too. Don’t worry; the smoke flavor will not be overpowering, but it will add depth to the chocolate. Go to the RECIPE.

2.) Chocolate- Caramel Rice Crispy Bars

Chocolate-Caramel Rice Crispy Bars

These decadent rice crispy bars will earn you extra kisses. They are coated with luscious caramel, topped with chocolate, and a light sprinkling of nuts. This recipe is a great way to dress up your Valentine’s Day dinner. Recipe here!

3.) Smoked Cream Cheese Dessert

Pie Filling Smoked Cream Cheese Dessert

If you liked our smoked cream cheese recipe, you’re going to love this smoked cream cheese dessert! It tastes just like cherry cheesecake with a little kiss of smoke. Amazingly delicious and so easy to make! The best part is using this dip to top French toast, pancakes, or filling the crepes the next morning! Make it!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Toppings and Alternatives:

Swap out the recipe topping for the ones below! You can tailor your Valentine’s Day dinner menu to suit your needs by adding a few grilled lamb recipes to the mix. We recommend halving the lamb porterhouse recipe if cooking for two.

1.) Crab Oscar Topping for Steaks

Crab Oscar Steak Topping
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This recipe is for a quick and easy version of Steak Oscar. It’s perfect for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, and it’s easy to make, delicious, and the presentation is gorgeous! Get the RECIPE!

2.) Smoky Bacon Butter

Smoky Bacon Butter

Most of us love bacon. And really, who can blame us? I mean, it’s delicious, and it provides a satisfying crunch to breakfast and burgers! Well, we’ve added this same smoky, salty flavor to butter. Want to dress up a grilled steak or side veg like brussels sprouts or broccoli? Top it with this smoky bacon butter. Get the Easy Recipe!

3.) Blue Cheese Butter

Blue Cheese Butter

This creamy blue cheese butter is the perfect pairing for steaks. Unlike most compound butter, it remains soft as it’s made right before serving. Make it!

4.) Rosemary-Dijon Lamb Porterhouse

valentine's day dinner-Rosemary-Dijon Lamb Chops

These Rosemary-Dijon Lamb Porterhouse are insanely delicious and make the perfect quick and easy grilled Valentine’s Day dinner choice! The combination of Dijon mustard, citrus, and rosemary produces the most fantastic flavor on the lamb. We recommend reducing the recipe by half if you’re cooking for two. Find the recipe HERE!

5.) Garlic Herb Rack of Lamb

Garlic Herb Rack of Lamb

Rack of lamb plates beautifully and can make quite an impression. Slathered in garlic and herbs, this grilled rack of lamb makes a lovely main course for your romantic dinner. Make Rack of Lamb!

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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