IKEA meatball recipe: How to make Swedish meatballs at home

Sweden’s meatballs have been made famous by furniture company IKEA and the store has now shared the recipe with its fans. Meatballs is traditionally served with potatoes, lingonberry jam and cream sauce. IKEA said: “The dish is an unexpected meeting of flavours as the lingonberry sweetness contrasts, yet harmonises, with the meatballs, while the cream sauce serves as a neutral ‘mediator’ between the two.”

How to make IKEA’s Swedish meatballs

Ingredients – 30–40 meatballs, serves 4

  • 250 g minced beef
  • 250 g minced pork
  • 1 egg
  • 2–3 dl cream (or milk) and water
  • 2½ tbsp fine chopped onion
  • ½ dl unsweetened rusk flour
  • 2 boiled potatoes, cold
  • 4–5 tbsp butter, margarine or oil
  • salt
  • white pepper (allspice)


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Heat the onion until golden in a couple of tablespoons of lightly browned butter.

Mash the potatoes and moisten the rusk flour in a little water.

Mix all the ingredients into a smooth farce and flavour generously with salt, white pepper and (optional) finecrushed allspice.

Shape the farce into round balls and transfer to a floured chopping board, then fry them quite slowly in plenty of butter.

How to make cream sauce

Ingredients – serves 4

  • 1 dl double cream
  • 2 dl water or beef stock
  • soy
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • (1 tbsp white flour)

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Swirl out the pan with a couple of decilitres of boiling water or meat stock.

Strain the pan juices and dilute with cream and thicken with white flour if preferred.

Season well, and serve this and the meatballs with freshly boiled potatoes, lingonberry jam, a green salad and salted or pickled gherkins.

Severin Sjöstedt was the Swedish chef who was tasked in 1985 with creating the perfect Swedish meatball for IKEA.

IKEA said on its website: “Over the course of 10 months, Severin hardly left the kitchen.

“He was totally engulfed and put his heart and soul into finding the right recipe.

“He not only had to create a meatball that tasted good, he had to create one that could be made in batches of more than 300 kg each.”

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