How to make the Ikea Swedish Meatballs Recipe.

Juicy, savoury , delicious simple Ikea Swedish meatballs recipe is the recipe that keeps on giving. Best served with mashed potato, gravy and lingonberry Jam.

Ikea Swedish meatballs recipe

Guaranteed to be the best meatballs you have ever tasted. This Ikea Swedish meatballs recipe is made with a mixture of Beef and Pork mince, it will definitely leave you wanting more. I mean what is better than a delicious homemade meal to end a busy weeknight.

Whenever I visit Ikea, the first course of action is to have their Swedish meatballs with mash potato, gravy and lingonberry Jam.  If like me you have always wondered how to create this incredible meatballs well say no more because have got you covered. I will like to believe i’m not the only Ikea meatballs fan in the building, please let me know if you have ever tried it.

The traditional Swedish meatballs recipe does not come with the gravy that it is served with at Ikea but it’s a delicious way to pair this meal. One of the reason I love this Ikea Swedish Meatballs recipe is how versatile it is, you can make it in large batches and freeze then just throw in the oven whenever you need to eat them.  And if you love pasta with meatballs you will enjoy pairing this with your favourite pasta recipe.

Now let’s talk about the smooth incredible brown gravy that is served with the meatballs. This gravy is as easy as it gets to prepare, you only need few ingredients, it is made with a mixture of meat stock, heavy cooking cream, Nutmeg and Worchester sauce , yep really that simple.

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Ingredients for Ikea Swedish meatballs 

  • 500g Beef mince
  • 300g Pork mince
  • 2 Eggs to bind it all together
  • 100g Bread Crumbs 
  • I large Onion 
  • ¼ tsp All spice seasoning 
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg 
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • Salt to taste  ( You can adjust your taste to your taste )
  • 1 ½ tbs Cooking oil

Brown Gravy Sauce Ingredient

  • ½ tbs Worchester Sauce 
  • 300g Full cooking cream 
  • Parsley 
  • 2 tbs  Butter 
  • Beef broth
  • 1 tbs Flour 
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg

How to make to make Ikea Swedish Meatballs 

  • In a large bowl, add minced Beef, Pork, Eggs, bread crumbs, and all the spices for the meatballs then combine together.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or large table spoon, scoop some of the meatballs and gently roll to form your meatballs. You should be able to get 26 meatballs out of this batch.
  • In a hot frying pan or cast iron skillet, add cooking oil then cook meatballs in oil until golden brown.

The Sauce for the Swedish meatballs.

  1. The left over brown residue on the pan after frying the meatballs is our BROWN GOLD here, this will enhance the flavour of the gravy DO NOT throw this away.
  2. To make our brown gravy sauce , simply add butter to your pan ,once melted add flour and keep stirring using a whisk until it turns into a paste then pour in Beef stock and simmer for 3 mins. Keep using the whisk at this point gently to avoid any lumps.
  3. Pour Beef stock into the pan, Nutmeg, pepper , Worchester sauce and a pinch of salt, keep staring and simmer for 5 mins then pour full cream then cook down for another 7-10 mins. Finish up with finely chopped parsley. 
  4. At this point you can add your meat balls like I did or simply pour it over the meat balls when serving.  

What to serve with Swedish Meatballs.

So the list goes on but I will say a well-made Creamy Mashed Potato is my first option to pair my meatballs with drizzled with the delicious magic gravy. Better still if you are watching the waist line you can replace Mashed Potato with Mashed Cauliflower.

You can also have your meatballs with steamed rice, noodles, or pasta. One way I love to enjoy meatballs is to add to my pasta, simply add some to your creamy pasta and you will not regret it.

Another way to enjoy the meatballs is on its own or simply pair with your Favourite Salad.

Other variation and Tips for this Swedish Meatballs 

  1. Oven or Frying: You totally make this meatballs in the oven if you want to avoid frying, you simply need to cook in a pre-heated fan oven for 15 mins or until golden brown.
  2. Can you use Just Mince Beef:  Yes you can but for that moist and juicy Ikea Swedish meatballs, I highly advise you mix beef and Pork as the pork adds that extra juiciness. 
  3. Spices: Do not substitute the Nutmeg or all spice, they provide that unique flavour.
  4. Meat Balls Breaking: Don’t over work your meat balls to avoid it breaking. Also when rolling them ensure you roll into a smooth ball to avoid breaking. You can add moisture to your hand with oil to help with the rolling process. 
  5. Can you Freeze the Sauce: I generally do not like freezing dairy so I can’t advice you to however you can keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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How to keep Swedish Meatballs

Fridge: You can make these Ikea Swedish meatballs and store in the fridge for 2-5 days and reheat when you are ready to eat in the Microwave.

Freezer: I love making these meatballs in big batches and storing in the freezer using a Zip lock bag this can stay up to 2 months. Once cooked, allow meatballs to cool down and then keep in the freezer. When you want to eat just throw in the pre heated oven and reheat for 10-15 mins and you will love it.

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How to make Ikea Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Juicy, savoury , delicious simple Ikea Swedish meatballs recipe is that recipe that keeps on giving. Best served with mashed potato, gravy and lingonberry Jam.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Asian, English, Mediterranean, Swedish
Keyword Ikea swedish Meatballs Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 300kcal

Ingredients

Meatballs Ingredient

  • 500 g Beef Mince
  • 300 g Pork Mince
  • 2 Eggs To Bind it all together
  • 100 g Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Onions
  • ¼ tsp All spice seasoning
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ½ tbsp Cooking Oil

Brown Gravy Sauce Ingredient

  • 1 tbsp Worchester Sauce
  • 300 g Full cooking cream
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • Parsley 
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tbsp Flour 
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add minced Beef, Pork, Eggs, bread crumbs, and all the spices for the meatballs then combine together.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or large table spoon, scoop some of the meatballs and gently roll to form your meatballs. You should be able to get 26 meatballs out of this batch.
  • In a hot frying pan or cast iron skillet, add cooking oil then cook meatballs in oil until golden brown.

The Sauce for the Swedish meatballs.

  • The left over brown residue on the pan after frying the meatballs is our BROWN GOLD here, this will enhance the flavour of the gravy DO NOT throw this away.
  • To make our brown gravy sauce , simply add butter to your pan ,once melted add flour and keep stirring using a whisk until it turns into a paste then pour in Beef stock and simmer for 3 mins. Keep using the whisk at this point gently to avoid any lumps.
  • Pour Beef stock into the pan, Nutmeg, pepper , Worchester sauce and a pinch of salt, keep staring and simmer for 5 mins then pour full cream then cook down for another 7-10 mins. Finish up with finely chopped parsley
  • At this point you can add your meat balls like I did or simply pour it over the meat balls when serving.  

Notes

Other variation and Tips for this Swedish Meatballs 

  1. Oven or Frying: You totally make this meatballs in the oven if you want to avoid frying, you simply need to cook in a pre-heated fan oven for 15 mins or until golden brown.
  2. Can you use Just Mince Beef:  Yes you can but for that moist and juicy Ikea Swedish meatballs, I highly advise you mix beef and Pork as the pork adds that extra juiciness. 
  3. Spices: Do not substitute the Nutmeg or all spice, they provide that unique flavour.
  4. Meat Balls Breaking: Don’t over work your meat balls to avoid it breaking. Also when rolling them ensure you roll into a smooth ball to avoid breaking. You can add moisture to your hand with oil to help with the rolling process. 
  5. Can you Freeze the Sauce: I generally do not like freezing dairy so I can’t advice you to however you can keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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