15 Best Beef Dinners for Two
If you’re starting your dinner planning with beef — whether it's ground, a steak, or another type of cut — you’re already halfway to a hearty and delicious meal. Indeed, one of the best parts about beef is the way it lends itself to salty, sweet and savory flavors — whether you’re pairing it with blue cheese, apricot preserves or mushroom cream sauce, it’s sure to have your taste buds cheering. Here, 15 genius beef recipes that each only make two servings, so you can enjoy a different tasty supper every night of the week.
Savory Garlic Marinated Steaks
A combination of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke makes for a mouthwatering marinade. The recipe calls for marinating overnight, but if you’re short on time, home cook SHAY110202 says that rubbing the meat just before cooking will do the trick.
Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze
“This is an elegant and quick romantic dinner for two,” says home cook Linda W., who shared the recipe. “Wonderful served with steamed asparagus and baby red potatoes.” Cooking the steaks in a balsamic and red wine reduction yields a juicy, flavor-packed dish.
Spicy Beef and Broccoli Chow Mein
A simple homemade version of the takeout staple, it's ready in just 15 minutes after marinating. This one-bowl meal is perfect for any night of the week. Feel free to swap in your favorite veggies in place of the broccoli.
Sloppy Joe Sandwiches
An easy and tasty version of a childhood favorite and perfectly portioned to serve only two people, this sloppy joe recipe can be served on hamburger or hot dog rolls, over rice, or nestled into baked potatoes.
Sirloin Steak Dianne
These ultra savory steaks are slathered in mustard and onions and topped with a smooth mushroom cream sauce. Home cook Gayle Sieler skipped using the brandy to ignite the sauce and says it still came out delicious.
Grilled Hoisin Beef
“The (underrated) hoisin sauce is a thickened, fermented soy-sauce-like substance, flavored with chilies, garlic, vinegar, sugar, and of course, exotic spices. It makes a great marinade,” says recipe creator Chef John. Try serving it with Jasmine rice.
New York Strip Chicago Style
Made with cinnamon and apricot preserves, this meaty steak is sweet, juicy and delicious. “Substituted flank steak as opposed to sirloin. Excellent taste,” says reviewer CJSALES. “Even better the next day."
Bulgogi Beef (Korean-Style Barbecue)
This sweet and spicy Korean barbecue beef marinates and cooks quickly for an impressive meal in no time. Home cook Katie subbed in grated apple for the Asian pear in the marinade with delicious results.
Surf and Turf for Two
Big Mac® Clone
For nights when you’re craving a fast food classic, this homemade version of the Big Mac doesn’t disappoint. Reviewers note that the recipe makes more sauce than is needed for two burgers; some suggest halving it, while others reserve the extra for dipping French fries.
Men Love This Steak
“If you’re looking for a special steak for your sweetie, look no further,” says recipe creator KLEVEAR. “This takes less than thirty minutes from start to finish; less if you choose to broil."
North African Beef and Brown Rice
This unique one-pot stew boasts filling steak, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and powerful spices like coriander, cumin, and smoked paprika. “We’ve tried it with the rice mixed in and on the side and like it both ways,” notes home cook Laura.J.
Scrumptious Steak Sammy
Thinly sliced steak and soft sautéed peppers and mushrooms piled high on mozzarella cheese-topped buns? Yes please! “It’s a recipe you can change to make your own,” says reviewer Marcie, who adds sautéed onions and different types of cheese to her sandwiches.
Huevos d'Elena (aka Huevostadas)
“A crispy tostada with a bed of seasoned beef and potato cradle the egg for a tasty, spicy delight,” says recipe creator LEMarr. The fried eggs make it delicious to eat for weekend brunch or to mix up dinner.
Chef John's Beef Rouladen
"For something that looks and tastes as impressive as this beef rouladen, it's actually one of the simplest stuffed meat recipes I know," says Chef John. While the recipe calls for round steak, he says that cheaper cuts of beef like rump or chuck would work equally well.