02/14/2015 07:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

8 Romantic Date Night Dinners

Jennifer Segal

Pull out the candles, pick out a Netflix movie, and send the kids to Grandma's house. It's the biggest date night of the year! Avoid the crowds and over-priced restaurant menus and whip up one of these easy and delicious dinners instead.

1. Grilled Spice-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin Filets with Chimichurri


There's nothing more romantic than beef tenderloin. Here, the tender filets are rubbed with spices, grilled and paired with a zesty Chimichurri sauce, a specialty of Argentina. Delicious! GET THE RECIPE

2. Mirin Glazed Salmon


Adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson, this is an elegant and remarkably easy dish. Most of the ingredients are right out of the pantry, and you can have it on the table in 20 minutes. Serve with steamed broccoli and Jasmine Rice and dinner is done. GET THE RECIPE

3. Maryland Crab Cakes with Quick Tartar Sauce


Crab cakes can be pricey at many restaurants, but they're often loaded with filler. These Maryland-style crab cakes are made with lump crab meat and just enough filler to bind the cakes together. Serve with green beans and cornbread and you'll be transported to a laid-back crab shack on the Eastern Shore. GET THE RECIPE

4. Broiled Asian-Style Flat Iron Steak


The tender flat iron steak is one of my favorite cuts for home cooking. Broiled and topped with a rich Asian-style brown sauce, it's an easy and elegant dinner that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

5. Chicken Marbella


Chicken Marbella is probably the most famous dish to come out of the beloved Silver Palate Cookbook by Julie Rosso and the late Sheila Lukins. It's incredibly easy to make. Most of the preparation is done the day before so all you have to do at dinnertime is add a few simple ingredients and pop it in the oven. GET THE RECIPE

6. Blackened Tilapia


Tilapia is mild, inexpensive and readily available. In this recipe, the fillets are dusted with a bold Cajun spice rub, then sautéed in olive oil until crisp and flavorful on the exterior and tender and flaky within. Serve with Mexican Rice Pilaf. GET THE RECIPE

7. Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce


These delicious enchiladas take a bit of time to make, but they are worth it! Make it a date night activity, and enjoy a refreshing Margarita while you cook. GET THE RECIPE

8. Thai-Style Ginger & Sweet Red Chili Shrimp


This Thai-style shrimp is easy to make at home and you can find all the ingredients at most supermarkets. The flavor comes from lots of fresh ginger and garlic, and one of the best bottled sauces you can have in your kitchen -- Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce. GET THE RECIPE