How to Make IKEA’s Iconic Swedish Meatballs at Home

Find out how to make these infamous IKEA meatballs at home with their official recipe!

plate with ikea meatballs and mashed potatoes

Listen up, IKEA fans!

If you’re a fan of those famous and oh-so-creamy IKEA Swedish meatballs served up in stores, you can make them at home thanks to their official Swedish Meatballs recipe that was released via Twitter, complete with iconic illustrated instructions!

eating IKEA's Swedish meatballs with gravy

I made them for my family and can confirm this recipe is insanely delish!

Honestly, this comforting meal is a must-try recipe, and I promise it will be a home run! 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 already asked for it again soon!

I can also appreciate that this Swedish Meatball 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, and followed their instructions for ease.

ingredients to make ikea meatballs

Tips for making the IKEA Swedish Meatball recipe:

  • 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 overcooking. Mine were possibly 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.

mincing garlic into ground mix

mixing ikea meatballs

solidified meatballs

frying meatballs in a cast iron pan

frying meatballs

frying meatballs and placing on baking sheets

pan fried meatballs

baked meatballs from the oven

adding flour to butter

mixing roux together

adding heavy cream

whisking a Swedish cream sauce

plate of homemade ikea meatballs


IKEA Swedish Meatballs

yield: 5 SERVINGS

prep time: 45 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES

Delicious Swedish meatballs made with ground pork and ground beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, and onions.

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of whole milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (for frying meatballs)

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 5 fluid ounces vegetable stock
  • 5 fluid ounces beef stock
  • 5 fluid ounces thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


Combine ground pork and ground beef. Add breadcrumbs, garlic, and onions into the mixture.


Roll the mixture into small balls and let them sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to solidify their shape. The original recipe suggested this would produce 20, but when making, I had closer to 30 meatballs.


Heat oil on medium heat and pan-fry the meatballs, browning all sides.


Place the meatballs in an oven-proof dish and cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Check at the 20-minute mark to ensure they don’t overcook.


For the sauce, whisk together melted butter and flour for about 2 minutes to create a roux. Add the vegetable and beef broths together while continuing to whisk. Add heavy cream, soy sauce, and dijon mustard. It’ll start to thicken into a gravy-type sauce. Serve on top of meatballs and enjoy!

Note that the ingredient measurements are not exact to IKEAs having converted them from metric. For precise measurements, please refer to the source linked below.

Recipe sourced from CNN.

Yield: About 30 meatballs,
Amount Per Serving:

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This homemade Swedish cream sauce is the BEST!

Simple ingredients such as butter, heavy cream, all-purpose flour, and 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.

Ikea's famous meatballs plated with potatoes

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.

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