Romantic dishes to make at home
Planning a romantic night in? Dim the lights, turn on the music and enjoy these sensual dishes that will leave you both wanting more.
Cheddar and stout fondue
Cheddar and stout replace the traditional Gruyère and white wine in this irresistible fondue recipe. Serve by candlelight and take turns feeding each other.
Spinach salad with avocados and strawberries
Did you know both avocados and strawberries are considered aphrodisiacs? This fresh salad not only tastes delicious — it will also give your hormones a boost.
Moroccan-style shrimp with pomegranate dipping sauce
Add some spice to your night with fiery shrimp and a pomegranate dipping sauce. A recent study showed a link between pomegranate juice and significantly increased levels of testosterone, so dip liberally.
Pasta with asparagus, pancetta and tomatoes
Pour some wine and unwind while you prepare this pasta dish together. Chopping and sautéing may just lead to kitchen canoodling.
Spicy lemongrass tofu
This Asian-inspired stir-fry features tofu, a natural aphrodisiac said to increase hormone levels and sexual activity. Plus, this light vegetarian dish will help you save room for dessert.
Fig, arugula and goat cheese pizza
Arugula (also called "rocket") has been known for its erotic effects since ancient Roman times, when it was consecrated to Priapus, the well-endowed god of bountiful gardens. In this simple pizza recipe, the spicy green is paired with figs, Cleopatra's favorite fruit.
Grilled oysters with herbed garlic butter
Be adventurous and prepare this easy grilled oyster recipe. Oysters are loaded with hormone-inducing amino acids and were Casanova's breakfast of choice. Plus, they're so darned sensual to eat.
Salmon, asparagus and Brie quiche
Fluffy, flaky and rich, quiche is the perfect romantic dish. This quiche recipe features salmon and asparagus — two ingredients known for their libido-enhancing properties.
Watermelon shrimp ceviche
Ceviche. The word alone sounds sexy rolling off the tongue. Serve this dish with chips as an appetizer and enjoy the untamed feeling of eating with your fingers.
Shoestring fries with black truffle oil, sea salt and parsley
Give your shoestring fries a musky aroma with a dash of truffle oil. This crispy side dish is finger-licking good.
Frozen chocolate banana bites
Any truly romantic meal must end with chocolate. These decadent chocolate-covered frozen banana bites are the perfect finish.
End the night with an ooey-gooey chocolate fondue and strawberries for dipping. Fresh whipped cream is also a nice touch.
We asked SheKnows readers how they would use whipped cream on their partners. Here's what they had to say.