Here’s What Happened When I Made Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs…

You might have seen lots of companies sharing their secret recipes during COVID19. Disney theme parks, Canad’s Wonderland, and now even Ikea! Ikea just released their famous Swedish Meatball recipe and you know I just had to try it!

The recipe has two parts; one part for the meatball and one part for the cream sauce. The meatball recipe is quite simple and in my opinion very similar to any other meatball recipe out there. The cream sauce is simple too but in my opinion, the cream sauce makes this recipe!

So What Happened When I Made the Ikea Meatball Recipe?

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and simple the recipe actually was. I am sure the ones you get at IKEA are more processed and obviously not made by hand. But this adaptation of the real deal is super delicious and anyone can make it. I also love the fact that the ingredients are simple, easy to find and most people probably have all the ingredients at home.

The household verdict is that the homemade ones are even better than the ones at IKEA! Whoohoo! I have added a few tips below to make your IKEA meatballs the best they can be down below!

Tips to Make Your Ikea Meatballs even better!

  • chop your onion and garlic really small. I would actually even chop it up in a food processor. If you don’t you will have huge chunks of onion and garlic that will fall out when you cook it.
  • Use an electric mixer (like your kitchen aid with a paddle attachment) to mix your meatball batter. This will make it into a nice smooth paste. If you don’t have one, you can mix with your hands but will take longer.
  • Don’t skip out on mixing pork and beef together. This makes the meatballs really tasty and it is not the same with only beef or only pork.
  • the recipe calls for a “generous” amount of salt and pepper. Add a small amount of salt and pepper, then fry up a small piece of the meatball and taste it. If it requires more, you can add it then. It is impossible to adjust this after cooking
  • The recipes calls for cooking the meatballs in the oven for 30 minutes. If you make your meatballs small (like the Ikea sized ones) and you pan-fried them on both sides already. You don’t need to cook it for another 30 minutes. When I made them 20 minutes was more than enough. But depending on how big you make them, cut one open and check if it is cooked all the way through.
  • If you do not have whole milk on hand, use whatever milk you have. It does not make a difference.
  • Whatever breadcrumb you have at home will work too. I used panko breadcrumbs and it turned out great!
  • For the sauce, if you don’t have both vegetable and beef stock, you can just use one or the other.

Ikea Swedish Meatballs

This recipe is from Ikea, not my own!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 4 people



  • 500 gram ground beef
  • 250 gram ground pork
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 100 gram bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 TBSP whole milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper

For the Cream Sauce

  • Dash of olive oil
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 2/3 cup Beef stock
  • 2/3 cup Vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard



  • Combine ground beef and ground pork in a bowl and break it up with your fingers to get rid of lumps.
  • Add chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix together.
  • Add milk and season with salt and pepper.
  • Roll mixture into small meatballs. Place on a clean plate, cover and refrigerate for two hours.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • Heat oven to 180 C (350 F). Add browned meatballs to an ovenproof dish, cover and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.

For Cream Sauce

  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a pan.
  • Whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour and stir for two minutes.
  • Add 2/3 cup of vegetable stock and 2/3 cup of beef stock, stirring continuously.
  • Add 2/3 cup of double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
  • Simmer until sauce thickens.Drizzle over meatballs and enjoy.
Keyword Ikea Meatball recipe, Ikea swedish meatballs
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