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How to make Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — If you’ve heard of Ikea, you’ve likely heard of the retailer’s iconic Swedish meatballs.

The stores, located worldwide, sell them in their cafeteria for shoppers to enjoy.

Recently, the retailer also shared the recipe so folks could make them at home!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tbsp whole milk 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Cream Sauce:

  • Dash of oil 
  • 1.4 ounce butter 
  • 1.4 ounce plain flour 
  • 5 ounces vegetable stock 
  • 5 ounces beef stock
  • 5 ounces heavy 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, and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  5. Melt the butter in a frying pan or saucepan. Whisk in the plain flour and continue cooking, stirring continuously for 2 minutes. 
  6. Add the vegetable stock and beef stock and continue to stir. Add the heavy cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard. 
  7. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
  8. When ready to eat, serve with your favorite potatoes — either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes.

The recipe for the creme sauce initially left out the soy sauce and Dijon mustard. That has been corrected.