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Make IKEA’s Iconic Swedish Meatballs at Home (Official Recipe)

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plate with ikea meatballs and mashed potatoes

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!

If you’re missing them due to the Coronavirus shutting down IKEA stores, here’s your chance to DIY them!

woman holding plate of Ikea meatballs

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!

ingredients to make ikea meatballs

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.

mixing ikea meatballs

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!

frying meatballs in a cast iron pan

IKEA swedish meatball on spoon

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.

baked meatballs from the oven

whisking a Swedish cream sauce

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.

plate of homemade ikea meatballs

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.

Ikea's famous meatballs plated with potatoes


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Comments 14

  1. Kim Tennyson

    We roll our meatballs toss them in a large covered Dutch oven and throw in onion soup mix and mushroom soup and they are delicious, even my non mushroom eater of the fam loves these.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that sounds yummy too!

    • Jen

      For the sauce.. anything else like a can of water?

  2. Tina9222

    Oh yum! That’s a must try thank you! I could only handle two meatball in my plate. I will freeze most of them for another few meals.😉

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That is a great plan!

  3. Elsie

    How fun! I’m such a dork and love these meatballs, especially with the boiled potatoes and lingonberry sauce. Thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya! You can totally make that style potato instead – enjoy!

  4. LG

    I really wish I could convince someone to cook this for me! 😩 Beautiful photos and looks delicious!

  5. jenn

    For those who made and follow this recipe, how was it? Did it really taste like their famous Ikea meatballs? I’ll try this soon.

    • Lisa

      I made them yesterday. I did a lot of tweaking though, and added Worcester sauce to the gravy.

  6. Aaron

    Be warned, just about every time someone reports that some company has released the “actual” or “official” recipe for something, they really haven’t. The company’s usually clear about it, but media outlets who have a hard time parsing words breathlessly report that the company released something that’s “actual” or “official”.

    Often, the company doesn’t have a recipe to follow themselves because they’re buying the items already prepared from a supplier. When they do follow a recipe, it’s much modified for industrial use (often with preservatives and things to make the recipe more suitable for large distribution.

    This one’s no different. From the Twitter post: “We’ve CREATED a recipe for you to recreate this delicious dish…”. From the CNN article: “We know that some people might be missing our meatballs, which is why we’ve released an AT-HOME ALTERNATIVE which, using easily accessible ingredients, will help those looking for some inspiration in the kitchen.”

    • Adorkable

      Very true. I wish the media would just say the company released a make at home copycat recipe. I think everyone wants the traffic they get with saying it’s the official recipe. I don’t think saying it’s not their exact recipe would hurt sources posting the recipe one bit so long as they name the company directly as releasing the copycat recipe. Not one company would release a copycat recipe of something they make unless it meets their high standards because anything not on point would only make them end up looking bad.

  7. Denise

    Holy moly, made this tonight with a few tweaks, used chicken broth and honey dill mustard in the sauce as I didn’t have what the recipe called for. Served it on jasmine rice, with sautéed spinach and strawberries as sides. Such a pretty plate, and so delicious. Only thing missing are my sweet kids and grandson. This SIP is wearing my heart thin😢. Stay safe everyone.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw well that sounds fantastic and I’m sorry you’re missing your family. Hang in there Denise!

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