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Ikea Swedish Meatball Recipe

Have you always wished for an authentic Ikea Swedish meatball recipe? Well, wish granted. Because Ikea just released their famous recipe for their succulent Swedish meatballs.

They’re melt-in-your-mouth delish, covered in creamy gravy, and not to be missed.

Ikea Swedish Meatballs
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Ikea started serving food in the 1960’s, declaring that no one should have to shop on an empty stomach.

And although no one would ever expect such tasty dishes from a furniture shop, they’ve turned it into an unforgettable experience.

One that you can now recreate at home!

In fact, they even drew up some directions to look just like assembly instructions. (Similar to the instruction manuals that come with their furniture!)

But don’t worry, we also have traditional instructions as well 🙂

Homemade Ikea Swedish Meatballs

Ikea’s Swedish meatballs, aka Köttbullar, are iconic. In fact, they’re almost as famous as their flat-pack furniture!

If you have them in the store, they’re loaded with rich and hearty flavors.

And they’re typically served with creamy gravy, mashed potatoes, and the all-important lingonberry jam.

Made from a blend of pork and beef, they’re subtly spiced, which plays so well with the sweet-tart jam.

Of course, you can also buy them frozen to take home.

But if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try them homemade? You won’t be disappointed.

What Makes Swedish Meatballs Different?

There are a few factors that distinguish Swedish meatballs from traditional ones, including:

  • They’re made of 50% ground beef and 50% ground pork instead of 100% of either.
  • They’re usually smaller than “traditional” – i.e., Italian – meatballs.
  • They have different flavor add-ins, such as nutmeg and allspice.
  • They typically don’t contain cheese, whereas classic meatballs often include parmesan.

What to Serve with Swedish Meatballs

Ikea serves their meatballs with their signature lingonberry jam (recipe below). They also include mashed potatoes and gravy on the plate.

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If you don’t want mashed potatoes and gravy, check out my post on what to serve with Swedish meatballs for inspiration. Here are a few of the highlights:

Lingonberry Jam Recipe

Lingonberry jam is an essential component of any Swedish meatball meal.

That said, you can serve these with any meatball sauce you like.

But for those interested in the traditional recipe, here’s how to make lingonberry jam:


  • 4 cups of fresh lingonberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar


  1. Rinse the lingonberries and throw away any that look soft or discolored.
  2. Add the berries and water to a large pot over medium heat, then bring the water to a boil.
  3. When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until the berries start to burst.
  4. Stir in the sugar and turn the heat up to medium.
  5. Heat and mix until it’s fully dissolved, about 10-15 minutes. (Be careful, as it may spit and bubble.)
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and leave it to cool.
  7. Transfer the jam to a clean glass jar, secure a lid on top, and store it in the fridge.

Ikea Swedish Meatball Recipe



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  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1/2 pound ground pork

  • 1 onion (finely chopped)

  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)

  • 2/3 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 egg

  • 5 tablespoons of milk (whole milk)

  • Generous salt and pepper

  • For the cream sauce:
  • Dash of oil

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons plain flour

  • 2/3 cup vegetable stock

  • 2/3 cup beef stock

  • 2/3 cup thick double cream

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  • Meatballs:
  • In a large bowl, combine the beef and pork. Mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add the chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, and egg. Mix well. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Roll the mixture into small meatballs and place on a clean plate. Cover and refrigerate for two hours.
  • In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. Once the pan is heated, gently add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the meatballs in an oven-safe dish and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Cream Sauce:
  • In a skillet or frying pan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter.
  • Whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour and stir continuously for 2 minutes.
  • Add 2/3 cup of vegetable stock and 2/3 cup of beef stock and continue to stir.
  • Add 2/3 cup of double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer and allow sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
  • Pour the cream sauce over meatballs and enjoy!

Many cult followers have already made this Ikea classic on Instagram. Feast your eyes on these tasty treats!

Ikea Swedish Meatballs

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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