Cooking for Two

Staff Picks

California Bounty Beef and Vegetable Noodles

Rating: 4 stars 7
Living in California one can get fresh vegetables year-round. Spiralized vegetables are fun and creative for that special main or side spiced up with some California-made sriracha sauce. This recipe is easily adapted with other vegetables.

Bucatini All'Amatriciana

Rating: 4.83 stars 20
This pasta dish is my signature dish. I really enjoy making this pasta, especially with the right ingredients like guanciale. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Easy and Spicy Thai Basil Chicken with Egg

Rating: 4.76 stars 17
Fantastic spicy quick lunch or dinner. The egg really makes the meal. We are obsessed with this dish right now! Serving with sliced cucumber and tomato is delicious.

Miso-Glazed Black Cod

Rating: 4.68 stars 80
This is my take on the oft requested miso-glazed, black cod, made famous by chef Nobu Matsuhisa. In addition to a taste and texture to die for, this is one of the easiest fish recipes of all time. A couple minutes to make the sauce, some brushing, a short wait, and you're broiling. By the way, I don't like to cook both sides. I like the heat to only penetrate from the top down. This makes for a lovely caramelized top, and a super juicy interior. Cooking times will vary, but simply broil the fish until the bones pull out with no effort, and the meat flakes.

Mushroom Spinach Omelet

Rating: 4.58 stars 11
Light breakfast omelet.

Crab-Stuffed Lobster Tail

Rating: 4.56 stars 68
Lobster tail with a New England-style cracker and crabmeat stuffing. Serve with fresh lemon wedges and homemade dinner rolls for an exquisite but surprisingly simple meal.

Tomato Basil Salmon

Rating: 4.58 stars 281
This quick salmon dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Serve with a side of sauteed spinach and a glass of pinot noir.

Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge

Rating: 4.41 stars 109
Use up that leftover brown rice and try something new for breakfast. Experiment with it to make it your own, you can try using any mixture of dried fruit instead of the blueberries.

Cast Iron Pan-Seared Steak (Oven-Finished)

Rating: 4.4 stars 23
Pan-sear sirloin steak in a cast iron skillet after a quick 45-minute marinade, then finish in the oven to make this flavor bomb of a steak.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Rating: 4.7 stars 413
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is a simple Italian dish of garlic, olive oil, parsley, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese tossed with cooked pasta.

The Secret to Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

Rating: 4 stars 7
In search of tender, fluffy scrambled eggs? Here are the only ingredients you need, and the chef-approved method for how to make scrambled eggs worthy of any morning. And, no... you don't add milk! Garnish with creme fraiche or sour cream, hot sauce, and chopped herbs.

Spicy Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

Rating: 4.76 stars 999
Chef John's version of this classic Thai dish, made with freshly chopped chicken thighs and fresh basil, has a rich sauce that cooks down into a caramelized glaze.

Inspiration and Ideas

10 Easy Weeknight Dinners
These recipes can all be on the table, ready to eat, in less than 45 minutes.
The Best Air Fryer Dinner Recipes
The air fryer is the perfect tool when you're cooking for two people.
Baked Split Chicken Breast
Rating: 4.64 stars

Baked split chicken breasts cook up with delicious, crispy skin. They turn a simple dinner into a sensational meal.