20 Easter Dinner Ideas for Two
Making a holiday dinner special can be difficult when you're cooking for two. That's why we've curated a collection of Easter dinner ideas that yield just enough for two people. From start to finish, plan your meal using these Easter appetizers, main dish, side dish, dessert, and cocktail recipes. While whole hams and racks of lamb are great for large Easter gatherings, these small batch recipes are more practical for two, but no less special. Everyone will enjoy these 20 Easter dinner ideas for two, use them to build your menu today.
Jelly Bean Martini
Kick off your Easter dinner by channeling your inner-kid — enjoy this candy-flavored cocktail. Recipe creator The Gruntled Gourmand says, "If you've ever thought about drinking your candy, then this is the recipe for you. This whimsical martini is perfect for Easter, or frankly any place where friends gather."
Simple Deviled Eggs
"Great balance of flavors and loved the addition of the celery and onion for a bit of texture. I will be making these again and again," says reviewer Christina. This simple recipe makes just enough to be enjoyed by a few people.
Strawberry Avocado Salad
Usher in the warm weather (and the rest of your dinner) with this light and colorful starter salad. Reviewer naples34102 says, "This salad is not only lovely to look at, but the buttery mushiness of the avocado, the sweet tang of the strawberries, the crispness of the greens, the nutty crunch of the pecans and the smooth, slightly sweet honey and lemony goodness of the dressing (I made it a point to get it all in one mouthful) is an extraordinary combination of flavors unlike any I've ever tasted."
Asparagus, Lemon, and Mint Soup
Fresh spring flavors come together in this light soup that makes a great appetizer. Recipe creator fromgardentosoupbowl.com says, "This soup is easy to make. Asparagus has a strong flavor by itself, so I chose to add a few mint leaves and lemon zest to give it a wonderfully fresh aroma!"
Spinach Cantaloupe Salad with Mint
"I needed something to use up some of my mint that was taking over the herb box on my window sill and this was just the ticket," says reviewer Sheryl Thomas Pagh. "You can't have mint without lamb, so just add some nice juicy lamb chops and bread and you've got an awesome gourmet meal!" This is the perfect appetizer or side to accompany your Easter lamb.
Chef John's Asparagus Tart
The key to making a holiday meal feel special, even if your gathering is small, is making food that feels fancy. This asparagus tart from Chef John has a beautiful presentation that is perfect for special occasions. Reviewer Kathleen M. says, "I served as an Easter appetizer. Everyone loved it! Next time I'll make two!"
Brown Sugar Ham Steak
Ham is synonymous with Easter, but if you're cooking for two an entire ham is going to leave you with more leftovers than you'll want to deal with. So what's the solution? Ham steak. Reviewer Patricia says, "Nice way to add flavor to an otherwise 'ordinary' ham steak."
Marinated Ranch Broiled Chicken
"A great dinner for two! Chicken breasts marinated in oil, vinegar and Ranch-style dressing, then broiled to a beguiling finish," says recipe creator SUZYNAGY. "This is a wonderful chicken recipe that can be prepared in the morning and cooked when you get home at night. The longer you let it marinate, the better it tastes!"
Lemon Rosemary Salmon
Instead of ham or lamb try salmon as the centerpiece of your meal this Easter. Reviewer KATHIANNM says, "This is a wonderful recipe—the ingredients don't overpower the delicate taste of the salmon and it's so easy to make."
Bacon Mushroom Chicken
Chicken is enveloped in a creamy, mushroom and bacon sauce that's perfect for special occasions. Reviewer Marcy McClure Mock says, "Absolutely delicious, decadent entree! Since it uses cream it's only a once-in-a-blue-moon meal, but oh…!"
"Quick, easy, and delicious," says reviewer Alyce. "I was looking for a different way to cook my scallops...somewhere between deep fried and baked. This was perfect."
Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chops with Fresh Mint Jelly
Chef John's take on an Easter classic is perfect for two. Reviewer Great Recipes—All Recipes says, "We had this for Easter dinner—it was fabulous! Full of flavor and the fresh mint jelly makes this a real keeper!"
Roasted Potatoes with Greens
On Easter, taters are non-negotiable. These roasted red potatoes mingle with fresh spinach in a garlic and rosemary sauce. "This was extraordinary, simple as that," says reviewer naples341012.
Celebrate the flavors of spring with this fresh asparagus. Reviewer Jean McClean says, "This was the easiest way I've ever tried for asparagus. The asparagus came out tender and the addition of the red onion was just perfect."
Instant Pot® Garlic Roasted Melting Potatoes
The Instant Pot allows you to make this decadent potato side dish in just 30 minutes. Reviewer Happyschmoopies says, "This recipe was so easy to get together and was perfect with my roasted chicken...The garlic gave the potatoes a great flavor. The key is getting a good sear on the potatoes."
"I know often when you see butter and brown sugar listed as ingredients that you think just ordinary glazed carrots again, been there done that, but trust me, these are not your typical glazed carrots. You'll be surprised what that little bit of lemon juice brings to these carrots. It enhances the flavor and just brings some freshness to what often is an overly sweet side dish," says reviewer lutzflcat.
Pan-Roasted Red Potatoes
What makes these potatoes so special? They're pan-roasted in duck fat for a luxurious flavor. Reviewer Soup Loving Nicole says, "The duck fat gives the potatoes such a rich and deep flavor."
Fresh Strawberry Lemon Shortcake
Top off the night with a classic dessert adapted to serve two. "Lemon zest and yogurt bring out the sweet flavors of this fresh strawberry shortcake," says recipe creator fioremarie.
Grand Marnier® Souffle
"This souffle turned exceptionally light and delicious. The Grand Marnier came through loud and clear," says reviewer Susan Heck. This show-stopping dessert is made with orange liqueur for a bright and zesty flavor.
"A quick and elegant strawberry dessert made with fresh strawberries and an irresistible cream sauce. It looks as good as it tastes," says recipe creator Alexandra Romanov. Serve them in cocktail glasses or parfait glasses for an elegant display to end your Easter celebration.