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Swedish Meatballs (homemade Ikea Meatballs)

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These delicious Swedish meatballs are a homemade version of the iconic IKEA meatballs. It’s a lot easier than assembling flat-pack furniture, that’s for sure! Extra sweet and juicy, with a touch of classic spices like allspice and topped with a bread-friendly sauce.

Swedish Meatballs
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Swedish Meatballs

I’m that guy who goes to IKEA just to get a tealight, only to show up 2 hours later with all sorts of useful organizational solutions, looking for a problem to solve.

I’m also that person who confidently assembles IKEA furniture (I’m a Chartered Accountant! I can do that!) only to end up with a leftover screw or bracket. Luckily my IKEA furniture hasn’t fallen yet, so now I have a theory that IKEA throws an extra piece in every flat pack just to annoy us.

As for their meatballs?
Flat shopping is hard work. Can’t blame anyone who needed a ride after reaching the other side of the IKEA maze.

But once you’ve tried homemade Swedish meatballs, you’ll never order them again in an IKEA café!

What’s so special about Swedish Meatballs?

If you’ve ever wondered what’s so special about Swedish meatballs, or how they taste, close your eyes and imagine this: very soft meatballs, made using a combination of pork and beef and bread soaked instead of Extra juicy breadcrumbs, lightly seasoned with just a touch of nutmeg and all the spices that give it that quintessentially Swedish flavor, all wrapped in an absolutely addictive creamy sauce.

These meatballs are different from other meatballs – Regular readers know I have a thing for my favorite Italian meatballs.

But I would say if you’re not a regular meatball maker for some reason (rolling meatballs hurts, you don’t like to stir meat with your hands, etc.) but you tend to make one recipe, make this one Swedish Meatballs.

You won’t regret it. I promise.

What goes in Swedish Meatballs

Here are the ingredients you need to make Swedish meatballs.

  • Beef and pork – beef gives it flavor, pork gives it juiciness and tenderness;
  • Bread – the secret to super moist meatballs! More effective than breadcrumbs;
  • Nutmeg & All Spices – Signature spices in small, subtle amounts. All Spice is a specific type of spice made from a plant called Pimenta dioica. It smells like cloves. It is a common spice in ordinary supermarkets, and the price is not more expensive than ordinary spices.
    The best substitute is a spice mix.
  • Broth/Beef Broth & Cream – for creamy sauces;
  • flour – to thicken sauces;
  • eggs – to bind the meatballs together.

How to make Swedish Meatballs

Here’s how to do it:

, first the sandwich bread is chopped and dipped in the grated onion. This is the secret to super moist, super flavorful meatballs. Grate the onion = no need to fry the chopped onion and extract the onion juice that soaks into the bread, then fluff while the meatballs cook, creating super soft meatballs!

How I roll meatballs

This is how I roll meatballs. This is the fastest way I can think of!

  • Use a lever action ice cream scoop to scoop out the mixture. Standard size is 3 tbsp – I use a little less than 1 tbsp (3 tbsp is already huge);
  • Collect all the mixture;
  • Then they all roll;
  • Here! Uniform sized meatballs roll faster!

Sauce for Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatball Sauce is a creamy sauce made from butter, beef stock, thickened with flour and topped with cream.

But the most important flavor of a truly delicious cream sauce is the dripping pan of charred meatballs. All the brown stuff left in the pan after the meatballs are browned adds incredible flavor to the sauce, which is why these meatballs cannot be cooked! ! !

What to serve with Swedish Meatballs

No Swedish meatball dining experience is complete without creamy mashed potatoes. You need mashed potatoes to enjoy every last drop of this delicious creamy sauce.

Still, rice, noodles, or pasta are an adequate backup, or a bread to wipe up the sauce (try this easy artisan bread or this yeast-free emergency sandwich bread). If you really want to cut carbs, Creamy Cauliflower Mash is your answer!

Swedish Meatballs (homemade Ikea Meatballs)

These delicious Swedish meatballs are a homemade version of the iconic IKEA meatballs. It's a lot easier than assembling flat-pack furniture, that's for sure! Extra sweet and juicy, with a touch of classic spices like allspice and topped with a bread-friendly sauce.
prep time
20 mins
cooking time
30 mins
total time
50 mins



  • 2 slices white sandwich bread , crusts removed, chopped into small cubes (Note 1)

  • 1 onion , small (brown, white or yellow)

  • 300g / 10 oz ground beef (mince)

  • 300g / 10 oz ground pork (mince) , or sub with more beef (Note 2)

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg , preferably freshly grated

  • 1/4 tsp All Spice powder (Note 3)

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp oil


  • 40g / 3 tbsp butter , unsalted

  • 3 tbsp flour

  • 2 cups beef broth/stock (salt reduced), or sub with chicken

  • 1/2 cup heavy / thickened cream (Note 4)


Grate the onion with a standard grater (see video).
Scrape the onion and juice into a bowl. Add the bread and mix well - the onion juice should soften the bread (if not, add a little milk). Leave to soak for 1 minute.
Add remaining meatball ingredients other than oil.
Mix well. Use a tablespoon and measure a tablespoon (or use the ice cream scoop I use), dip on the counter. Repeat with the rest of the mixture: 25 to 30 meatballs. Then roll into shape.


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Add half of the meatballs and brown the meatballs whole (but still raw inside) - about 3 minutes. Remove to a plate and brown the rest of the preparation.
If there is a lot of oil, drain the excess and discard it. Reduce heat to medium.
Add the butter to the pan and melt.
Add the flour and stir. Cook for 1 minute. While the
is mixing, add about 1/4 of the beef broth - it will thicken quickly. Then gradually add the rest of the beef broth while stirring. Whisk to make it lump-free, if necessary.
When the liquid boils, place the meatballs on a plate with the juice.
increase the heat slightly to bring it to a rapid boil. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the liquid thickens into a thin sauce, stirring occasionally.
Add the cream and simmer for another 2 minutes, then remove from the heat.
served with mashed potatoes (or low carb mashed cauliflower).
For a truly authentic experience, add a dollop of purple fruit jam on the side!


Bread - plain white bread. Whole grains are also good. If you are using grains or seeds, you will put the seeds in the meatballs. Make your own yeast-free emergency bread (works great with meatballs, I used it last week), this easy artisan bread is great too! Meat - A mixture of pork and beef is part of the authentic flavor of Swedish meatballs, and the pork makes the meatballs extra tender and juicy. But you can use all beef or all pork. You can also do it with chicken or turkey! All Spices - Smells like cloves, it is a special type of spice that is sold in everyday grocery stores and costs no more than regular spices. Replace the spice mix or equal parts with nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Cream v Sour Cream – The jury is still out on whether it should be made with sour cream or regular cream. Most recipes tend to use cream. If you like a light sour cream (like stroganoff sauce), go for it! You can also use yogurt, low fat and heavy cream. The sauce may take a minute or two longer to thicken and obviously won't have as much richness (since it has less fat). But the texture of the sauce is still creamy - it still looks like the photos and videos! Only the nutrition of the meatballs and all the sauces. This does not take into account the fat thrown from the pan.
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