IKEA Swedish Meatballs + Video

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IKEA Swedish Meatballs are one of the most popular items on the menu at the IKEA Restaurant. And, now that they have released the official recipe, you can make copycat IKEA Swedish meatballs at home! 

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IKEA Swedish Meatballs

The standard meatballs that you might put in a spaghetti sauce or a meatball sub are usually made with ground beef.

But, Swedish meatballs from IKEA are made from both pork and beef! And, of course, there is a creamy gravy rather than a red sauce when you serve it.

Recipe Video

To see us make this IKEA Swedish meatballs recipe from start to finish, watch the video in this post!

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 Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Shrimp, and my Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce.

And, have you tried my Cracker Barrel Meatloaf recipe yet?

ingredients to make meatballs

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Meat – Despite the internet rumors, IKEA Swedish meatballs are not made with horse meat!

    Use a simple combination of ground beef and ground pork for this recipe.
  • Onion and Garlic – As with any dish, these two ingredients really boost the savory flavor! Don’t worry — the onions become tender in the oven, so there’s no crunch.
  • Breadcrumbs – Use regular plain breadcrumbs in this IKEA Swedish meatballs recipe. If you prefer a bit more texture, substitute panko instead.
  • Gravy – The traditional IKEA Swedish meatballs sauce is made with butter, flour, beef stock, and cream.

    I like to replace half of the beef stock with vegetable stock, then add in soy sauce and Dijon mustard for extra flavor!
holding a perfectly formed swedish meatball

Swedish Meatballs IKEA Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t skip the milk!

Without it, your IKEA Swedish meatballs won’t be as tender or juicy.

That’s because the breadcrumbs soak up the milk, locking in plenty of moisture so they don’t dry out in the oven.

  • Prevent tough meatballs.

The most important thing to remember when making meatballs is to not overwork the meat!

Mix just until the ingredients are combined and touch them as little as possible.

Use a scoop to portion them out before gently rolling them into shape.

Wet or grease your hands before rolling — this gets them nice and smooth and prevents the mixture from sticking to your skin.

  • Brown before baking.

This is another step that guarantees perfectly tender and moist bites!

It also helps cook some of the fat ahead of time, so your copycat IKEA Swedish meatballs aren’t too greasy.

baking tray of uncooked swedish meatballs

Serving Suggestions

Traditionally, you would serve these copycat IKEA Swedish meatballs over mashed or boiled new potatoes.

However, you can serve them over noodles or rice if you prefer as well.

Swedish meatballs at IKEA 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.

browning meatballs in dutch oven

IKEA Swedish Meatballs Recipe FAQ

What is IKEA Swedish meatballs sauce made of?

The IKEA Swedish meatballs sauce is simply a roux (flour and butter) that has added cream and stock.

Our copycat IKEA Swedish meatballs recipe includes a few extra ingredients to give the sauce even more flavor and a silky smooth texture.

Should you fry or bake meatballs?

I prefer to bake meatballs whenever possible. Not only is it less messy, but they come out perfectly tender and evenly cooked every time!

Plus, while they are baking, you can spend time preparing side dishes for your quick and easy meal.

Do you cook meatballs before putting them in sauce?

In this IKEA Swedish Meatballs recipe, you will fry the meatballs and then finish baking them in the oven.

After that, the sauce is served on the side. They suggest serving the meatballs with the sauce over mashed or boiled new potatoes.

whisking gravy in saucepan

How to Freeze Meatballs

If you want to make a big batch of IKEA Swedish 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, about an hour. Then, transfer them to a freezer bag.

Flash freezing prevents meatballs from sticking together, making it easier to thaw just what you need.

You can keep uncooked Swedish meatballs from IKEA 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.

spooning sauce over meatballs with a side of potatoes

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IKEA Swedish Meatballs + Video

Donna Elick
IKEA Swedish Meatballs are the most popular item on the IKEA restaurant menu, and they released the recipe! Get it here and make them soon!
5 stars from 5 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Swedish
Method Oven
Servings 16 meatballs


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3.5 ounces breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons whole milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Ikea Meatball Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, 1.4 ounces
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour, 1.4 ounces
  • 5 ounces vegetable stock
  • 5 ounces beef stock
  • 5 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  • In a large mixing bowl, add beef and pork; mix thoroughly to break up any lumps.
    Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, and egg, and mix to combine. Add milk, and season well with salt and pepper.
  • 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).
  • In a frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven, 350°F. or 180°C., and baked for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Whisk in the plain flour and continue cooking, stirring continuously for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly add in vegetable stock and beef stock, whisking continuously. Stir in the heavy cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard.
  • Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
  • When ready to eat, serve with your favorite potatoes or noodles.



Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 191cal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 196mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published May 2020, updated and republished October 2023

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  1. 5 stars
    I love love LOVE Ikea meatballs, and am so excited that I am able to make them at home. They taste amazing, and exactly like the original.

  2. 5 stars
    Made these IKEA Swedish Meatballs using Donna and Chad’s recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian website, and they turned out absolutely divine! A five-star meal at home.

  3. 5 stars
    Donna’s Swedish Meatballs recipe is a winner! I added a pinch of nutmeg for extra flavor, and it turned out amazing. So close to the restaurant version!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m a beginner in the kitchen, but Donna and Chad’s recipe for these Swedish Meatballs was so easy to follow. They tasted even better than the restaurant version!

  5. when i see breadcrumbs in recipes i dont know whether they are fresh or dry. what is general rule if it doesnt specify? im leaning towards dry. but could you give me def answer. thanks

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