35 Best Soul Food Valentine’s Day Recipes

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Are you asking yourself, “What can I cook for Valentine’s Day?”

Or, what are some Valentine’s Day flavors to try?

 

The Best Soul Food Valentine’s Day Recipes

 

You’re in the right place for romantic dinner ideas for two that don’t skimp on seasoning and flavor! 

These are Southern soul food Valentine’s Day dishes you can make in minutes and the best ever Valentine’s recipes.

That’s because you already know that the key to your lover’s heart is straight through their stomach!

 

What food do you eat on Valentine’s Day?

I’ve gotchu! With a Valentine’s Day menu list of the best soul food recipes, side dishes, and Southern desserts to make your date night both beautiful and delicious. 

Including soul food side dishes for the perfect start to a beautiful meal. Along with decadent entrées and desserts.

And the best part about these recipes?

They’re for the Instant Pot, so you’ll have a magical meal in minutes!

 

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Soul Food Valentine's Day Date Night Dinner Recipes

 

35 most popular Southern soul food recipes for Valentine’s Day dinner

Plan on staying in and cooking for Valentine’s Day?

Well, here’s a list of my most popular and easy Valentine’s Day main course and side dish recipes.

Soul Food Lobster Tail Recipe
How to steam soul food lobster tails:
Whipping together a Cajun garlic butter sauce & steaming soul food lobster tail in the Instant Pot is as easy as 1 minute! You may find yourself rereading the instructions thinking it can't be that easy! 
Check out this recipe!
Instant Pot Lobster Tail

 

Soul Food Lobster Mac And Cheese
Even with the addition of decadent lobster meat, there’s no compromise to the Southern soul food flavors customary to this meal. In other words, this is still baked macaroni and cheese made the Black folks way!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Lobster Mac And Cheese

 

Black Folks Soul Food Chicken Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce
Succulent shredded chicken and spaghetti noodles are prepared in a delicious broth seasoned with onion, garlic, salt, and black pepper, making flavorful a meal you’ll love.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Chicken Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce

 

Black Folks Southern Fried Chicken And Waffles Recipe
Southern fried chicken and waffles recipe is the perfect pair for a delicious and soulful breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner! 
This recipe includes a beautiful marriage of juicy and tender Southern fried chicken and fluffy, buttery waffles with a delicious twist of sweet and spicy syrup for a delicate kiss of sweet heat. 
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Fried Chicken And Waffles Recipe

 

Black Folks Soul Food Chicken Yock Recipe (Yock-A-Mein)
Chicken yock is a big bowl of comfort. In a warm, flavorful broth, soul food and Chinese food combine for tender chicken and noodles. This dish is also known as Old Sober, yak, yok, yock-a-mein (yaka mein), or simply Chinese yock.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Chicken Yock Recipe (Yock-A-Mein)

 

Black Folks Soul Food Lamb Chops
Black folks' soul food lamb chops is a rack of lamb seasoned with rosemary and slathered with olive oil to quickly air fryer cook to soul food perfection!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Lamb Chops

 

Easy Gumbo Recipe
Nothing's more Louisiana than gumbo! A classic Southern dish and culinary staple in The Big Easy.
This easy gumbo recipe is Cajun cooking combined with Creole seasoning & spicy flavors - served over rice and pressure cooker ready in only 15 minutes!
Check out this recipe!
Easy Gumbo Recipe

 

Blueberry Chicken Thighs In The Instant Pot
Blueberry chicken is a sweet blueberry brine made easily in the Instant Pot for tender, juicy & delicious chicken - sweet & savory with every bite!
Check out this recipe!
Blueberry Chicken Recipe

 

Black Folks Southern Shrimp And Grits Recipe
The secret ingredient to Black folks shrimp and grits is the Southern Creole sauce!
Typical to soul food and Black folks cooking, the seasonings make each recipe like none other. 
It's all about the spices and the special sauce.
Check out this recipe!
What Is Black Folks Southern Shrimp And Grits?

 

Stuffed Peppers Instant Pot Recipe
This stuffed peppers Instant Pot recipe may seem like a fancy dish at first glance - but take another look... They're an old-fashioned Southern meal homemade with ingredients you can easily find in your pantry!
Check out this recipe!
Stuffed Peppers Instant Pot Recipe

 

Tuna Steak Seasoning
What's a good seasoning for tuna steak?
This recipe uses pickling spice for flavorful tuna steak, and it only takes a mere 3-minutes to make!
Quick, rich in flavor, and delicious!
Check out this recipe!
Tuna Steaks Seasoning

 

Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe- The Southern Way - The Soul Food Pot
How to make a whole roast chicken in the Instant Pot - the Southern way! More than a traditional chicken recipe. A tender & juicy soul food entrée!
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Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe- The Southern Way - The Soul Food Pot

 

Easy soul food Valentine’s Day side dishes

Black Folks Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Who has the best mashed potatoes? This Black folks creamy mashed potatoes recipe is the best I've ever had & my family's favorite too!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Creamy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

 

Black Folks Southern Green Beans In The Instant Pot
Black folks, Southern green beans are not just another bland green vegetable!
And with Instant Pot, they're ready in only 2 mins with no compromise to the irresistible Southern soul food flavors!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Green Beans

 

Black Folks Baked Apple Slices
What makes this a soul food specialty? It’s gotta be the spices! 
Cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla combine with fresh apples to make Black folks baked apple slices.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Baked Apple Slices

 

Black Folks Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Love easy Instant Pot recipes? 
And who doesn’t love a soul food seasoned side dish?
Now you can have Black folks brown sugar-glazed carrots in less than five minutes with Instant Pot!
Check out this recipe!
Instant Pot Carrots

 

Black Folks Southern Sweet Cornbread Recipe
Cornbread is best served the Black folks' way! With Sunday soul food dinners and Thanksgiving staples like fresh cranberry sauce, Southern-style green beans, and homemade stuffing. 
Give your next meal the Southern comfort it deserves with this warm, sweet, and flavorful recipe!
Check out this recipe!
Sweet Cornbread Recipe

 

Best Soul Food Valentine’s Day Recipes - Southern Red Velvet Cake

 

What is a sweet thing to eat on Valentine’s Day?

Check out these best Southern Valentine’s Day recipes for dessert.

Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Red velvet cake is considered to be soul food of the South!
A Black folks' Southern red velvet cake is a made-from-scratch decadent red sponge cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. A cake that's just sweet enough to be irresistible!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake

 

Southern Living Chocolate Lava Cake In The Instant Pot
What is Southern Living chocolate lava cake in the Instant Pot?
It's a spin on a classic Southern Living chocolate lava cake recipe. 
Today it's elevated for easier Instant Pot making instead of oven baking!
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Southern Living Chocolate Lava Cake In The Instant Pot

 

Instant Pot Cheesecake
Move over chocolate-covered strawberries! Who wants Cheesecake Factory cheesecake instead? Everybody and their mama! Duh. Make this easy cheesecake recipe at home. Enjoy with strawberries or cherries!
Check out this recipe!
Instant Pot Cheesecake

 

Black Folks Southern Tea Cake Recipe
What are Black folks tea cakes?
An African American Southern dessert, Black folks tea cake is a sweet little biscuit. Light, airy, and sometimes compared to soda bread or pound cake. Tea cakes are a traditional African American treat that dates back to the 1600s.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Tea Cake Recipe

 

Black Folks Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe
This soul food dessert and the darling favorite of the South is loaded with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a light and airy cinnamon sugar crust. A cobbler so delicious, you may want to eat it all. All by yourself!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe

 

Pie Crust Cookies Southern Desserts
What is a pie crust cookie?
Imagine this. The perfect sweet, flaky crust, bite-size piece of pie with your favorite seasoning (cinnamon, nutmeg) or simply sugar sprinkled over the top...
You just imagined pie crust cookies!
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What Is A Pie Crust Cookie?

 

Black Folks Southern Bread Pudding
Are you looking for an old-fashioned Southern bread pudding or a soul food African American beading pudding recipe?
Then look no further than this Black folks' Southern bread pudding - your go-to recipe!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Bread Pudding

 

Black Folks Southern Banana Pudding
How to make banana pudding the Black way
You'll never be able to look at other banana pudding the same way once you've tried this soul food delicious delight - Southern banana pudding prepared the Black way!
Check out this recipe!
Black Southern Banana Pudding

 

Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Similar to our original Black Folks' Sweet Potato Pie, this Southern sweet potato pie recipe is made with fresh sweet potatoes and soul food spices and seasonings. 
But for this recipe, it's the Southern charm added to the pie after it bakes...
A thin layer of homemade cream cheese frosting is spread on top to savor the sweet taste of Southern hospitality!
Check out this recipe!
Southern Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

 

Black Folks Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
New twist on an old classic: Black folks purple sweet potato pie recipe. Same but new - incredible soul food flavors with a regal purple hue. Sweet potato pie for your sweetie!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Purple Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

 

Instant Pot Banana Pudding From Scratch
Instant Pot banana pudding from scratch - Southern desserts at their finest!
This banana pudding recipe just got easier with the help of an electric pressure cooker.
Check out this recipe!
Southern Banana Pudding Recipe

 

Black Folks Chocolate Southern Banana Pudding Recipe
This chocolate banana pudding recipe is as quick and easy as the original soul food banana pudding recipe.
You simply add an additional layer of chocolate pudding and crunchy buttery Nilla Wafers for pure chocolate bliss!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Chocolate Southern Banana Pudding Recipe

 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Strawberry pretzel salad combines strawberries with crunchy pretzels and cream cheese whipped topping.
This Southern dessert is a great way to use up some of the strawberries that are in season now! 
Check out this recipe!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe Jelll-O

 

Southern Desserts Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Let's pair rhubarb with strawberry to prepare delicious strawberry rhubarb pie! 
The combination of tart rhubarb, tangy strawberry, and buttery crust turns into an addictive flavor that will have your mouth watering for more!
It's delicious, easy to make, and will have people begging you to make this recipe again and again! 
 
Check out this recipe!
Strawberry Rhubarb - Do You Need To Cook Rhubarb Before Baking?

 

TikTok Booty Dip Recipe
TikTok dessert recipe for Booty Dip: An easy, no-bake chocolate chip marshmallow dip perfect for all holidays made by simply mixing cream cheese, brown sugar, whipped cream, marshmallow fluff and chocolate chips. AKA: Big Booty Dip!
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Easy Instant Pot Chocolate Dip
Easy melted chocolate in minutes. Perfect for fondu and chocolate-covered strawberries!
Check out this recipe!
How To Make Chocolate Dip For Fast & Easy Halloween Treats

 

Lemon Fruit Dip With Cream Cheese
Quick & easy lemon fruit dip with cream cheese. A light, refreshing & zesty lemon dip recipe for your favorite juicy summer fruit & fruit salads!
Check out this recipe!

 

Black Folks Moscato Sangria
Super easy and supremely delicious Black folks Moscato sangria recipe. Infused with cranberries and holiday colors red and green apples. Delicious with both red wine and white wine Moscato.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Moscato Sangria

 

Best Southern Soul Food Recipes For Valentine’s Day

 

Where is the best place to celebrate Valentine’s Day? 

Start with these easy and delicious Southern soul food recipes for Valentine’s dinner that will make your lover’s heart skip a beat!

But if you still need Valentine’s Day dinner specials, check out this article about Valentine’s Day specials at Bonefish Grill HERE!

 

What do you think of these best Valentine’s Day Southern soul food recipes?

Strawberries, cherries, cheesecake, chocolate cake, lobster, filet mignon, and more! Which recipes will make your dinner menu list?

 

More soul food recipes to love!

Anytime someone asks the question, what exactly is soul food? Tell them to start here!

The Ultimate Soul Food Recipes Guide
What is soul food? Soul food recipes are African-American recipes full of flavor! A legacy of Southern cooking the Black way. Check out this collection of the best soul food recipes!
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The Ultimate Soul Food Recipes Guide

 

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Soul Food Valentine’s Day Recipes

 

Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake

Best Soul Food Valentine's Day Recipes | Southern Soul Food Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is considered to be soul food of the South!
A Black folks' Southern red velvet cake is a made-from-scratch decadent red sponge cake with homemade cream cheese frosting. A cake that's just sweet enough to be irresistible for your Valentine's Day sweetie!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: Black folks red velvet cake, Black folks red velvet cake recipe, Instant Pot cake, Instant Pot recipe, red velvet cake, soul food, soul food red velvet cake recipe, soul food Valentine's Day recipe, southern food, Southern red velvet cake, Valentine's Day dessert, Valentine's Day food
Servings: 12
Calories: 445kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

  • Instant Pot electric pressure cooker
  • Instant Pot 7-inch Bundt pan (or a 9-10″ Bundt pan if not using Instant Pot)
  • Instant Pot baking sling
  • KitchenAid stand mixer or electric mixer
  • Aluminum foil (for Instant Pot)
  • Paper towel (for Instant Pot)

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar granulated
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • cup butter softened
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar white
  • 4 tablespoons food coloring red (liquid or gel)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips mini, semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • ¾ cup water (for the Instant Pot)

For the frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened or whipped cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Instructions for Southern Black folks red velvet cake

  • Grease a Bundt or cake pan and set it aside.
  • Starting with the wet ingredients, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk and vinegar, stir, and set aside.
  • In a separate medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring well to blend, and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar until creamy for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable oil and mix again.
  • Add the eggs one by one, beating each one into the butter mixture.
  • Then add the mayonnaise and sour cream and electric mix again.
  • Add the red food coloring and mix gently with a rubber spatula to achieve a batter with an intensive red color.
  • Next, pour in the vinegar and buttermilk mixture into the red batter.
  • Gradually pour in the dry ingredients flour mixture that was set aside.
  • Then gently fold in the chocolate chips (optional) as you combine all the ingredients into the batter.
  • Mix gently with the rubber spatula until all ingredients are absorbed into the batter, and the mixture is uniform.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan.
  • Bake the red velvet cake at 350 degrees F for 25-35 minutes in a conventional oven or the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  • * If you’re using an Instant Pot for this recipe, continue with all the instructions. If baking your cake- skip to instruction number 22 and then 24-27: Cover the top of the baking pan with a paper towel, and wrap it tightly with aluminum foil, keeping the foil and the paper loose, so there’s room for the cake to rise.
  • Open the Instant Pot lid and pour 3/4 cup of water into the stainless steel inner pot.
  • Place the Bundt pan into the Instant Pot baking sling and place the sling with the cake pan into the inner pot.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 50 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 20 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  • Use the baking sling handles to remove the Bundt pan from the Instant Pot.
  • Test the cake to see if it’s done by inserting a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready!
  • If it’s not ready, wrap the pan again with a paper towel and aluminum foil, cook for 10 more minutes, and then allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes.
  • Let the cake cool for at least 10 minutes before removing it from the pan.
  • Then, remove the cake from the pan and let it cool to room temperature before icing it.
  • This Southern Black folk’s red velvet cake recipe is usually served with icing (but it doesn’t have to be).
  • Serve and enjoy!

Instructions for the cream cheese frosting

  • Add the butter and cream cheese to a large mixing bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Turn the mixer down to low and gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Once the ingredients are combined, turn the mixer up to medium and beat for another 2 minutes.
  • Spread the cream cheese frosting onto the cooled red velvet cake.
  • Optionally, garnish with chopped pecans, crushed pecans, or red velvet cake crumbs.
  • Pro tip: Refrigerating a cake with cream cheese frosting for a few hours will give it a firm texture, making slicing easy upon serving.
  • Slice, serve & enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 449IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg
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Nutrition Facts
Best Soul Food Valentine's Day Recipes | Southern Soul Food Red Velvet Cake
Amount per Serving
Calories
445
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
77
mg
26
%
Sodium
 
305
mg
13
%
Potassium
 
122
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
66
g
22
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
49
g
54
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
449
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
75
mg
8
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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