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Make IKEA's Famous Meatballs at Home

Who doesn't love a good meatball recipe? Especially, IKEA's Famous Swedish Meatballs. 

If you've ever made your way through Ikea's maze of goods, you know it's an easy way to work up an appetite. Ikea knows this too, which is why no trip is complete without a stop at their cafeteria. (And if you've never been before, we recommend planning a future trip to IKEA West Chester!) 

While there are a ton of Ikea foodie favorites, their Swedish Meatballs are at the top of the list. With more people cooking at home right now, Ikea decided to release their meatball recipe for everyone to enjoy!

Swedish Meatball Recipe

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"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," said Lorena Lourido, country food manager at Ikea, in a press release.


Let's Make Them!

Recipe — IKEA's Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce *Makes 16 - 20 Meatballs

Ingredients for Meatballs:

  • 500 grams (1.1 pounds) ground beef
  • 250 grams (slightly more than ½ pound) ground pork
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for 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


  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.

Cream Sauce:

  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Whisk in the plain flour and continue cooking, stirring continuously for 2 minutes. 
  2. Add the vegetable stock and beef stock and continue to stir. Add the thick double cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard. 
  3. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
  4. When ready to eat, serve with your favorite potatoes -- either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes.

Ikea Swedish Meatball Recipe

Once you’ve made your meatballs, Ikea recommends pairing them with your favorite potatoes. Swedish meatballs are traditionally served with mashed or boiled potatoes and lingonberry jam, but feel free to serve them with rice or noodles — and they're just as good on their own too!



Bon Appétit! Or as they say in Sweden... Smaklig Måltid!

Ikea Metballs

Photo Credit : IKEA

To find more recipes check out the Butler County Recipe Book, From Scratch! It includes 18 recipes from favorite local Butler County restaurants.

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