13 Aphrodisiac Foods to Boost Your Libido (with Recipes)

Aphrodisiac foods, such as dark chocolate, pepper, Peruvian maca and cinnamon, contain compounds that facilitate the production of sex hormones and improve blood circulation in the body.

Furthermore, aphrodisiac foods also contain tryptophan, magnesium, flavonoids and capsaicin, compounds that promote relaxation and a feeling of well-being, stimulating libido in men and women.

Aphrodisiac foods can be consumed on their own or added to recipes, such as juices, stews and soups as flavor enhancers.

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Food list

The main aphrodisiac foods you can eat to boost your libido include:

  1. Ginkgo biloba: improves blood circulation in the body and to the genitals
  2. Catuaba: increases blood circulation, energy and physical and mental disposition
  3. Peppers: improves circulation and increases body temperature
  4. Peruvian Maca: has stimulating and antidepressant properties that also improve energy
  5. Oysters: contain zinc, a mineral that improves testosterone production which can also improve lubrication
  6. Honey: is rich in B vitamins, which are necessary for the production of sexual hormones
  7. Dark chocolate: promotes pleasure and well-being, in addition to improving the dilation of blood vessels
  8. Saffron: increases sensitivity in the pelvic region, increasing the sensation of pleasure
  9. Ginger: increases blood flow in the body and genitals
  10. Ginseng: improves blood circulation throughout the body, increasing desire
  11. Strawberries: rich in vitamin C, potassium and lycopene, compounds that improve blood flow and stimulate lubrication and libido;
  12. Cinnamon: has stimulating properties and improves blood circulation, increasing sensitivity and promoting libido and pleasure;
  13. Chestnuts, walnuts and almonds: they are rich in zinc, which stimulates circulation and increases lubrication.

There is no recommended ideal period or quantity of consumption of these foods to improve sexual pleasure. Therefore, to increase libido, you can add one or more foods with aphrodisiac properties to your daily diet.

Meal plan

The following table outlines a 3-day meal plan with aphrodisiac foods to boost your libido: 


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

1 cup of ginkgo biloba + 1 slice of bread with ricotta cheese, seasoned with pepper

1 cup of ginger tea + 1 cup of Greek yogurt + 1 tablespoon of honey + 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts

1 cup of mango, orange and ginger juice + 150 ml of milk + 1 tablespoon of honey

Morning snack

1 baked apple with 1 tablespoon of honey and cinnamon powder

1 banana, sliced with cinnamon

2 kiwis + 10 almonds

Lunch or dinner

Baked salmon with caper sauce + white rice with saffron + baked asparagus, squash and peppers

Sauteed shrimp with garlic and pepper + baked potatoes

Chicken thighs baked with rosemary + sauteed veggies with salt, olive oil and pepper

Afternoon  snack

1 cup of yogurt with 1 tablespoon of honey + 10 cashews

1 cup and catuaba and ginger tea

1 cup of hot chocolate, made with semi-sweet chocolate + 10 strawberries

This meal plan is only an example. Be sure to speak with a registered dietitian to create a customized meal plan that meets all your nutritional needs.

Tasty recipes

The following recipes outline ways you can use use aphrodisiac foods:

1. Hot chocolate with cinnamon


  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 120 g of semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • Cinnamon powder to taste


Heat the milk and cream in a pot until creamy, then add the chopped chocolate. Stir over low heat until all the chocolate melts. Add the cinnamon powder and continue stirring until it becomes very creamy. Serve while still warm. To accompany it, you can eat wholegrain bread with ricotta cheese seasoned with herbs, or fresh strawberries.

2. Salmon with caper sauce


  • 400 g of salmon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 medium potatoes, sliced
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Pepper, rosemary, olive oil and salt to taste
  • 1/4 small glass of capers
  • 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • Juice from 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • Parsley to taste


Season the salmon with the herbs, a pinch of salt and lemon juice, and allow to reast for at least 30 minutes. Cover the bottom of a dish with the potato slices and drizzle with a little olive oil, then drizzle the salmon with the remaining marinade. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and bake in a preheated oven at 200ºC (390ºF) for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

For the sauce, drain the capers that will be used and wash them with water to remove excess salt. Melt the butter over low heat in a frying pan, add the capers, orange juice and parsley. Also add the cornstarch dissolved in a little water. Stir the sauce quickly and remove from heat. Pour the sauce over the salmon, then serve.

3. Fruit salad with honey and oats


  • 1 small bowl with strawberries, blueberries, açaí and banana
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of oat flakes


Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and serve.

4. Prawns with garlic and pepper


  • 300 g of prawns
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ chili pepper;
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of palm oil
  • Coriander to taste
  • 1 lemon cut into 4 pieces


Peel and clean the prawns. Chop the garlic and pepper, then mix with the salt. Season the prawns with this mixture, add the palm oil and leave to marinate for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. In a very hot frying pan, sauté the prawns for about five minutes, over high heat, until they turn pink. Serve the prawns with chopped coriander to taste and lemon wedges, accompanied with white rice.