Yep, You Can Make IKEA's Famous Swedish Meatballs at Home

Make it your next cooking project!

( We know, we know. IKEA isn’t opening here until 2021 (or even later, given the current circumstances). In the meantime, they just dropped the recipe for their famous Swedish Meatballs (a.k.a. Köttbullar), or meatballs in a gravy-like cream sauce, so you can bring the IKEA experience to your own kitchen. Their recipe calls for ingredients like beef mince and pork mince (that’s ground beef and ground pork in our vernacular), an onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, an egg, milk, oil, butter, flour, vegetable stock, beef stock, double cream, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard—most of which you can pick up at any supermarket.

The recipe doesn't mention the Lingonberry jam that usually accompanies the dish, but it'll still be good without it! 

Up for the challenge? Check out their recipe below:



For the meatballs

  • 500g beef mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons of milk (whole milk)
  • Generous salt and pepper

For the cream sauce

  • Dash of oil
  • 40g butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 150ml thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard



  1. Combine beef and pork mince and mix with your fingers 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 two hours (this will help them hold their shape whilst cooking).
  3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  4. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C conventional or 160°C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes. 
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Iconic Swedish cream sauce:

  1. Melt 40g butter in a pan. Whisk in 40g of plain flour and stir for two mins. Add 150ml of veg stock and 150ml of beef stock and continue to stir. Add 150ml of double cream, 2 tsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of Dijon mustard. Bring it to simmer and allow sauce to thicken. 
  2. When ready to eat, serve with your favorite potatoes—either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!

IKEA is a Swedish furniture store founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943. Today, they’re known for selling furniture, kitchen appliances, accessories, and more, with stores in countries like Norway, Hong Kong, Kuwait, and the U.S. More than home goods, they’re also known for their food selection, which includes the said meatballs, as well as hot dogs, cakes, mac and cheese, and more.

Main image from IKEA's website.

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