IKEA meatballs recipe: How to make your own Swedish meatballs at home

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Good news for fans of IKEA meatballs: Here’s how to make the famous Swedish meatballs yourself at home.

With the country currently in lockdown, IKEA has unveiled a simple home-made recipe to recreate its iconic dish from their restaurants.

“Missing your IKEA meatball fix? We’ve created a recipe for you to recreate this delicious dish in the comfort of your own home #IKEAmeatballs,” they shared on Twitter.

In just a few steps, you’ll be serving up your own plate of Swedish meatballs and cream sauce.

Here’s the full ingredients and recipe, which will make for four servings.


To make 1 serving

  • 500g beef mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 glove of crushed garlic or a teaspoon of easy/lazy garlic
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 40g butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 150ml thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make your own IKEA style meatballs and cream sauce:

  1. For the meatballs, in a bowl, combine the beef and pork mince and add in the chopped onion, crushed garlic, breadcrumbs and egg. Mix well.
  2. Add in the milk and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Form the meat mixture into small balls and place in the fridge, covered, for at least 2 hours.
  4. When it comes time to cook, heat a little oil in a pan over a medium heat and brown the meatballs all over. You may have to do this in batches – don’t crowd the pan.
  5. Move the meatballs to an ovenproof dish and cook, covered with foil, at 180 degrees / 160 degrees fan for 30 minutes.
  6. To make your own Swedish cream sauce, melt the butter in a frying pan and whisk in the plain flour, stirring continuously for around 2 minutes until the flour has cooked through. Add in the vegetable and beef stock, continuing to stir, then add the cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard.
  7. Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow to thicken, stirring throughout.
  8. Serve the meatballs and sauce with mashed or boiled potatoes.

The folks at IKEA have even shared one of their trademark step-by-step guides below…

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Picture credit: IKEA