Food and love have strong associations and a home-cooked dinner with the one we love will be on the menu for many Irish people this Valentine’s Day. But what are the top dishes? As Valentine’s Day approaches, digital magazine and newspaper subscription app Readly reveals which recipes we are searching for ahead of the most romantic day of the year.

With over 6,300 titles on its platform, Readly, the European category leader for digital magazines, saw a continued interest in its food category in the last year with it being the number one indoor hobby. The number of bookmarked pages also increased by 46% and the majority of these were recipes saved on the app.
The data from Readly shows that searches for recipes by those living in Ireland in the run up to Valentine’s Day are mainly dominated by meats, slow cooking and international comfort themed dishes such as ravioli and chicken chow mein. A classic Irish stew will be on the menu for many whilst lighter options include a barley salad and salmon.  American themed desserts also featured on the list as did Ottolenghi dishes for those experimenting with colour and vivid tastes.

Top 10 most searched recipes for Valentine’s Day:

  1. Greek lamb
  2. Slow cooked one pot
  3. Ottolenghi
  4. Ravioli
  5. Roast chicken
  6. Irish stew
  7. Chicken chow mein
  8. American cake
  9. Salmon and leek one pot
  10. Cheese cake

– Recipe searches are some of our most bookmarked pages and are particularly popular around Valentine’s Day when people look to find inspiration and something special to cook for their date night. The pandemic has caused us to crave hearty, comfort meals and many will choose these for Valentine’s night too. Cooking has strengthened its position as the number one indoor entertainment and continues to grow in popularity amongst our Irish readers and globally, says Chris Couchman, Head of Content at Readly.

Readly has many food titles and recipes on its platform to select and read amongst the 6,300 titles available as part of the €9.99 monthly subscription. Visit for more information.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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