Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Ikea Swedish Meatballs + Video

Have you had IKEA Meatballs? If you've ever been to IKEA, chances are you've tried the famous IKEA Swedish Meatballs. They are one of the most popular items on the menu at the IKEA Restaurant. And, now that IKEA has released the official Swedish meatball recipe, you can make them at home! 

I've been working on copycat restaurant recipes so that I can enjoy some of my favorites while I'm at home. I really love my Outback Copycat Alice Springs Chicken, my Copycat Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Shrimp, and my Olive Garden Copycat Alfredo Sauce. And, have you tried my Cracker Barrel Meatloaf Copycat yet?

IKEA Meatballs 

What is different about Swedish meatballs?

The standard meatballs that you might put in a spaghetti sauce or a meatball sub are usually made with ground beef. But, a Swedish meatball is made from both pork and beef. And, of course it has a creamy gravy rather than a red sauce when you serve it.

IKEA Meatballs

What are the meatballs made out of at IKEA?

The IKEA Swedish Meatball recipe uses a combination of ground beef and ground pork. Along with that, they add onion, breadcrumbs, garlic, eggs, salt, pepper, and milk. And, of course, it is topped with a traditional Swedish Meatball sauce.

Swedish Meatballs

Can you buy IKEA meatballs?

You can buy the IKEA Meatball sauce on Amazon. But, the meatballs will need to be purchased directly from the store. Or, you can use my delicious IKEA Meatballs recipe and make them yourself at home.  Now that you can make IKEA meatballs at home, you can serve this recipe as often as you want to.

Ikea Meatballs

How do you make IKEA sauce for meatballs?

The IKEA sauce for meatballs is simply a roux that has added cream and soy sauce. It is served alongside or on top of this Ikea Swedish Meatballs recipe.

Do you cook meatballs before putting them in the sauce?

In this IKEA Swedish Meatballs recipe, you will fry the meatballs. After that, the sauce is served to the side. They suggest serving the meatballs with the sauce over mashed or boiled new potatoes.

Ikea Meatballs

Why do my meatballs fall apart?

Usually, when your meatballs fall apart, it is because you've used the wrong amount of breadcrumbs. If you add too much or too little, the meatballs will be loose or not have enough binding to make them stick. Double-check you have followed this recipe correctly if your meatballs fall apart while you're cooking them.

What should I serve with IKEA meatballs?

Traditionally, you would serve these over mashed or boiled new potatoes. However, you can serve them over noodles or rice if you prefer as well. IKEA Swedish meatballs are served with lingonberry jam.

But, this may be difficult to find here in the United States. So, a delicious alternative would be to serve it with cranberry sauce. This Simple Cranberry Sauce recipe takes about 10 minutes to make and is absolutely delicious.

Ikea Meatballs

Equipment needed to make IKEA Swedish Meatballs

  • Meatballer - A meatballer is an easy, mess-free way to make the perfect size Swedish meatballs.
  • Large frying pan - You will need a large frying pan to brown the meatballs in.
  • Lingonberry jam - If you want a traditional taste, you can purchase this jam to go along with your dinner.

Can I freeze these meatballs?

Yes. If you want to make a big batch of these IKEA meatballs and freeze them for another night, you can.

Simply roll out the meatballs and place them on a baking sheet that's been lined with parchment or freezer paper.

Put them in the freezer until they're frozen. Once they're frozen, you can remove them and put them in a freezer bag. This way, they won't stick together when you take them out.

You can keep frozen meatballs in the freezer for 3 to 4 months provided they are stored in a tightly sealed freezer bag. If you want to cook them first, cooked meatballs will stay good in the freezer for up to a year.

Ikea Meatballs

More meatball recipes

If you're looking for a few more delicious meatball recipes, I have a few favorites to share with you.

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Ikea Meatballs 

See How Easy it is to Make Ikea Meatballs. Watch the video!

Makes: 16-20 Meatballs

Ikea Meatballs

Ikea Meatballs

Have you had IKEA Meatballs? If you've ever been to IKEA, chances are you've tried the famous IKEA Swedish Meatballs. They are one of the most popular items on the menu at the IKEA Restaurant. And, now that IKEA has released the official Swedish meatball recipe, you can make them at home!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Cream Sauce
  • Dash of oil
  • 40 grams (1.4 ounces) butter
  • 40 grams (1.4 ounces) plain flour
  • 150 ml (5 fluid ounces) vegetable stock
  • 150 ml (5 fluid ounces) beef stock
  • 150 ml (5 fluid ounces) thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


How to cook IKEA Meatballs

  1. Combine beef and pork mince and mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.
  2. Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours (to help them hold their shape while cooking).
  3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.
  4. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven, 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius, and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  5. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Whisk in the plain flour and continue cooking, stirring continuously for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetable stock and beef stock and continue to stir. Add the thick double cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard.
  7. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
  8. When ready to eat, serve with your favorite potatoes -- either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes.

Ikea Meatballs

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  1. I don’t like the measurements. How much is 1.4 ounces of butter.?

    1. 1 1/2 ounces of butter is 3 Tablespoons of butter.

  2. Not familiar with double there a substitute?

    1. Double cream would be Extra Heavy Whipping Cream, here in the US.


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