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37 Easy Dinner Ideas For Two To Keep Your Meals Interesting

These delicious and easy dinner ideas for two will help you keep your meals interesting without spending hours in the kitchen.
37 Easy Dinner Ideas For Two To Keep Your Meals Interesting
37 Easy Dinner Ideas For Two To Keep Your Meals Interesting
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Dinner Ideas For Two

Sure, you could go out to eat or order in every night, but where's the fun in that? Plus, it can get expensive pretty quickly. So why not try your hand at cooking a new dinner recipe instead?

Cooking for two doesn't have to be boring - in fact, it can be a lot of fun! If you're looking for some easy dinner ideas for two, you've come to the right place.

We've gathered 37 delicious dinner ideas that are perfect for two people. With everything from simple pasta dishes to seafood skewers, you will definitely find a new dish you can easily make tonight. Keep your meals interesting—and save money by giving these recipes a try!

1. Easy Pork Tenderloin Stroganoff

LUNCHDINNER

Easy Pork Tenderloin Stroganoff

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

Move over beef; there’s a new weeknight dinner in town! This Pork Tenderloin Stroganoff is full of rich, savory flavor without being too heavy - perfect dinner in 30 minutes.

2. 30 Minute Air Fryer Caprese Chicken

LUNCHDINNER

30 Minute Air-Fried Caprese Chicken

Real Food with Sarah

Ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a simple pesto sauce on top of a juicy chicken breast combine for dinner everyone will love!

3. Baked Cod with Garlic Butter Sauce

MAIN DISHQUICK AND EASY

Baked Cod with Garlic Butter Sauce

SideChef

Cod is a mild and light white fish, making it the perfect match with garlic butter sauce. Seasoning cod with salt and some cajun seasoning at the start lets the fish absorb a little flavor, then top them with garlic butter. The lemon flavor gives you a refreshing fragrance, and you get the kick from cajun seasoning! More importantly, it can be cooked in the oven in under 15 minutes.

4. Perfect Baked Potato

VEGANVEGETARIAN

Perfect Baked Potato

Love & Lemons

Bake a potato perfectly every time! With the olive oil and sea salt coating, it'll come out of the oven with crispy skin and fluffy insides that are delicious with your favorite toppings.

5. One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach Orzo

PASTALUNCH

One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach Orzo

SideChef

We love a good one-pot meal. When that one-pot meal has all the elements of a delicious, balanced dinner, we love it even more! That's what this creamy chicken and orzo bring to the table. It's protein-packed, full of spinach, and surprisingly creamy even without cream, thanks to the starch from the orzo as it cooks and a sprinkle of umami-packed parmesan.

6. Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Easy Mushroom Sauce

POPULARDINNER

Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Easy Mushroom Sauce

SideChef

Date night just got 100 times easier and 100 more impressive. Flavorful flank steak gets a quick nap in some umami-packed marinade, then a quick sear to perfection in a hot pan. In the same pan, you can make a delicious sauce for the top, with mushrooms, a little wine, and garlic. With this shockingly simple steak preparation and an even easier mushroom sauce, this recipe will deliver all of the flavors with way less time in the kitchen.

7. Sriracha Avocado Turkey Burgers

LUNCHDINNER

Sriracha Avocado Turkey Burgers

Garlic & Zest

You don't have to fire up the grill for this delicious turkey burger with sriracha-infused sauce and aioli; they turn out just as good made using a skillet.

8. Weeknight Chicken Teriyaki

DINNERMAIN DISH

Weeknight Chicken Teriyaki

SideChef

You won't believe how easy it is to make the sweet and tangy teriyaki sauce in your kitchen! A straightforward recipe, and you get both teriyaki marinade and teriyaki reduction to drizzle over your chicken! Served with rice and green beans, it's a healthy, hearty meal ready in less than 30 minutes.

9. Banana Thai Curry

LUNCHDINNER

Banana Thai Curry

Live Eat Learn

This Banana Thai Curry, with mashed bananas, red curry paste, chickpeas, and cashews, is a simple, healthy way to enjoy a curry with less fat and calories.

10. TikTok's Baked Feta Pasta

PASTADINNER

Tik Tok's Baked Feta Pasta

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

This Baked Feta Pasta will change any skepticism about viral TikTok recipes. We love everything about this recipe! It’s low-effort and super delicious. Feta, tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper... almost too good to be true? Try it!

11. Blackened Halibut with Lemon Butter Sauce

DINNERPESCATARIAN

Blackened Halibut with Lemon Butter Sauce

SideChef

If you’re skeptical about blackened food, this is the recipe to change your mind! The charred fish has a herby fragrance full of caramelized sweetness with a kick at the end. It is paired with a smooth, lemony butter sauce to balance the spiciness.

12. Chicken Skewers with Mango and Charred Corn Salsa

DINNERMAIN DISH

Chicken Skewers with Mango and Charred Corn Salsa

Victor Vieira

Umami flavors burst through in this homestyle version of a street food champion. With charred corn and mango salsa on the side, this is the perfect meal to add fresh flavor to your weeknight dinner.

13. Tikka Masala Mac and Cheese

MAIN DISHCHICKEN

Tikka Masala Mac and Cheese

SideChef

Sometimes you can't decide what comfort food you are craving for dinner. What happens when you combine two of the world's most iconic comfort foods from two cuisines? We decided to find out. Meet this fantastic spicy, creamy tikka masala mac and cheese. Simple to put together, full of unique flavors - double the satisfaction.

14. Pesto Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

HEALTHYLUNCH

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

Spaghetti Squash is a fantastic, lower-carb substitute for pasta. Pair it with some amazing pesto chicken, and it was a match made in heaven!

15. Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan

POPULARLUNCH

Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan

SideChef

A quick and easy-baked chicken parmesan recipe made with only five ingredients. Full of protein-packed healthy ingredients like low-fat cheese, chicken breast, and no-sugar-added marinara sauce - this is the best chicken parm you’ll ever make. It is an excellent recipe for a weeknight dinner that your whole family will enjoy.

16. Grilled Eggplant Burger with Halloumi

HEALTHYMAIN DISH

Grilled Eggplant Burger with Halloumi

SideChef

Take a break from the dry bean patty of a veggie burger. This Grilled Eggplant Burger with Halloumi is full of Italian flavors and caramelized characters. You can quickly grill them inside and enjoy this chewy, ‘meaty’ burger!

17. Jane's Spaghetti & Crabs

PASTALUNCH

Jane's Spaghetti & Crabs

Vodka & Biscuits

Steamed crabs simmered in tomato and garlic sauce and served with spaghetti. A simple, classic, and fun dinner!

18. Creamy Mushroom Farfalle

PASTADINNER

Creamy Mushroom Farfalle

SideChef

Enjoy a meatless Italian dinner night with this Creamy Mushroom Farfalle. The bowtie shape of the farfalle pasta perfectly soaks up the rich and velvety mushroom sauce in this simple-to-make comfort dish.

19. General Tso's Chicken

LUNCHDINNER

General Tso's Chicken

Wok & Skillet

General Tso’s Chicken is a Chinese-American favorite! Lightly battered crispy chicken covered in a sweet, tangy, and spicy sauce.

20. Steak and Scallion Stir-Fry

LUNCHDINNER

Steak and Scallion Stir-Fry

Julie Yoon

The scallions turn slightly sweet and compliment the hearty but tender slices of beef. This is a tasty and easy way to stretch a steak!

21. Teriyaki Salmon with Brown Rice and Pickled Vegetables

HEALTHYDINNER

Teriyaki Salmon with Brown Rice and Pickled Vegetables

SideChef

Add some extra zing to your midweek with this light and healthy meal. Roasting pre-marinated salmon gives you maximum flavor, perfectly paired with brightness from the pickles you prepped over the weekend!

22. Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers

HEALTHYLUNCH

Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers

The Fit Mediterranean

Try this low-carb version of the traditional Mediterranean stuffed bell peppers recipe! Colorful bell peppers are the perfect vessel for a variety of stuffing options.

23. Salmon Cake with Garden Salad

HEALTHYDINNER

Salmon Cake with Garden Salad

SideChef

These creamy salmon cakes are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and full of fresh flavors like lemon and dill. They are so simple to prep ahead and will class up any meal!

24. Homestyle Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

DINNERMAIN DISH

Homestyle Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

Lauren Holdcroft at SideChef

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this Homemade Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme! A copycat version of the iconic Taco Bell favorite!

25. Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet

LUNCHDINNER

Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet

Primavera Kitchen

This flavorful chicken with asparagus and sweet potatoes will be on your dinner table in less than 30 minutes. It's the perfect yummy weeknight dinner that fits into your busy, active life.

26. Easy Chicken Calabacitas

LUNCHDINNER

Easy Chicken Calabacitas

Lauren Holdcroft at SideChef

Calabacitas is a classic Mexican side dish of zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, onion, and peppers, usually made on the stove. In this version, we add corn and chicken to make it a complete meal and free up time by popping it in the oven to cook instead! Using cast iron, this dish is the perfect, veggie-packed one-pan dinner.

27. Cajun Chicken with Sweet Potato Mash

DINNERMAIN DISH

Cajun Chicken with Sweet Potato Mash

SideChef

This one-plate meal is full of textures and flavors. This dish will soon become your new favorite fall go-to dinner, sweet, hearty, and with a little kick. Everything comes together in just 30 minutes, and all three components can be prepped ahead of time. Perfect for dinner.

28. Instant Pot Barbacoa Tacos

DINNERMAIN DISH

Instant Pot Barbacoa Tacos

Meiko and the Dish

These tacos capture the essence of a traditional barbacoa taco. Since goat meat is a little harder to find, I love to use a chuck roast to make these fantastic tacos.

29. Spicy Sausage White Bean Soup

SOUPLUNCH

Spicy Sausage White Bean Soup

SideChef

Spicy Sausage White Bean Soup is the perfect comfort dinner for a busy weeknight. Its combination of flavors and slight heat from the red pepper flakes bring this soup to another level. All it takes is 30 minutes on the cooktop!

30. Roasted Balsamic Chicken Risotto

LUNCHDINNER

Roasted Balsamic Chicken Risotto

Vodka & Biscuits

Creamy risotto scented with garlic and rich from stock tossed with roasted tender chicken thighs and topped with sweet balsamic reduction and basil.

31. Shrimp Scampi Linguine

PASTALUNCH

Shrimp Scampi Linguine

30 Pounds of Apples

Once the shrimp are cooked just until they are opaque and the pasta is al denté, toss them together for a match made in heaven. The shrimp is tender and flavorful, and the linguine is an excellent base for the buttery garlic sauce with just a hint of spice.

32. Simple Weeknight Jambalaya

DINNERMAIN DISH

Simple Weeknight Jambalaya

SideChef

This jambalaya is the perfect way to turn leftovers into a masterpiece. Jazz it up with your favorite substitutions and make it your own.

33. Rainbow Veggie Stir Fry

HEALTHYLUNCH

Rainbow Veggie Stir Fry

Joyous Health

This recipe is packed with colorful veggies from purple cabbage to sweet red pepper and a hit of green plus a good crunch from sugar snap peas. The sauce ties it all together!

34. Chicken Tortilla Soup

SOUPLUNCH

Chicken Tortilla Soup

SideChef

This is a one-pot recipe that can be ready in 30 minutes. It takes less effort to cook but is still very tasty; it’s perfect for this fall. This Chicken tortilla soup is more special than others with the taco seasoning and pickled jalapeño brine that will help to add more flavors to the soup.

35. One-Pot Shrimp Pesto Pasta

PASTADINNER

One-Pot Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Jessica Gavin

Dinner comes together in a snap by cooking succulent shrimp and pasta in the same pan. Tossed with fresh spinach and basil pesto sauce and garnished with sweet baby tomatoes for a bright and colorful dish.

36. Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

LUNCHDINNER

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

Throwdown Kitchen

Bang Bang Shrimp tacos are easy and quick to make. The sauce is made with chili sauce and mayo. The shrimp get a crispy coating from cornstarch before heading to the fryer. Talk about Taco Tuesday. Yes!

37. Seared Scallops with Spaghetti in a Tarragon Sauce

PASTALUNCH

Seared Scallops with Spaghetti in a Tarragon Sauce

Chef'd

Tangles of spaghetti are coated with tangy lemon butter sauce and studded with salty olives. Extra-large scallops take this dish to the next level. This dish also has a traditional Sicilian element: seasoned breadcrumbs.

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