Make IKEA’s Iconic Swedish Meatballs at Home (Official Recipe)
Listen up IKEA fans!
I have great news if you’re a fan of those famous and oh so creamy Swedish meatballs served up in-store at IKEA. You can now make them in your kitchen at home because our beloved furniture chain released their actual Swedish Meatballs recipe via Twitter, complete with those iconic illustrated instructions!
I made them for my family yesterday and can confirm this recipe is insanely delish!
Honestly, this comforting meal may be my very favorite quarantine at home activity yet, and is a must-try recipe! The combination of a flavorful fried then baked meatball alongside this homemade buttery creamy sauce is so darn GOOD.
My whole family enjoyed this from-scratch dinner and have asked for it again soon!
I can also appreciate that this recipe calls for simple pantry ingredients!
I had most of these common pantry items on hand, and thinking it may be the case for you as well. Since the recipe ingredients are in metric measurements from IKEA, I actually found Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs recipe in US measurements via CNN.com, and followed their instructions for ease.
As far as the process goes, everything is pretty straightforward and simple.
To make IKEA Swedish Meatballs, you’ll be mixing up the meatballs with a ground pork and ground beef mixture, breadcrumbs, and garlic, and onions. After rolling them into small balls, you’ll then be directed to pan fry them first before baking. This process is a tad time consuming but the result will be so worth the effort!
Hip Recipe Tips:
- The recipe doesn’t specify how much or what kind of oil to pan fry the meatballs in. I coated the bottom of a cast iron skillet with about a 1/4 inch deep of canola oil and that worked fine. I’m sure you could use another cooking oil you prefer.
- The directions say to cook in the oven for 30 minutes, but our meatballs were done in about 20, so keep that in mind to avoid over cooking. It could be that mine were smaller in size.
- It leaves out how much salt and pepper to use in the meatballs and the sauce. If you like well seasoned food like us, you’ll want to make sure and use generous portions to taste.
- This batch made 30 meatballs for us, and quite a bit of sauce – and we had leftovers, so I feel like this could serve 4-5 hungry people easily.
- The cream sauce will thicken as it cools, so it can easily be thinned out a little using extra beef or vegetable broth.
This homemade Swedish cream sauce is the BEST!
Simple ingredients such as butter, heavy cream, all-purpose flour, broth, get whisked together on the stove to create a gravy type sauce to go over the meatballs. I love that it’s super flavorful with soy sauce and Dijon mustard.
All of your efforts will result in a memorable family dinner all will LOVE!
My kids are still pretty picky and they were all in for this IKEA Swedish Meatballs dinner idea.
I ended up making some simple mashed potatoes on the stove using yellow potatoes, and they paired great with the meatballs. I also served up some frozen mixed veggies as an easy side dish (not pictured) and all three items together made a perfect cozy meal at home.