IKEA has shared their original recipe for delicious Swedish Meatballs and we couldn't be more delighted with the final result! This IKEA Swedish Meatballs Recipe is easy to make and tastes just like the real thing! The creamy sauce is spot-on and you will want this recipe on repeat! I've created a recipe roundup for what to serve with these meatballs with several great recipes, including homemade lingonberry jam!!
We used to live close to IKEA and when our boys were little, we couldn't visit there without stopping by for their delicious Swedish Meatballs and mashed potatoes. And, let's not forget their delicious Mac & Cheese!
Browning the meatballs before cooking them in the oven gives them that same texture as having them at the restaurant. The cream sauce is easy-to-make and it's the ultimate comfort food with the perfect bite of a piece of meatball, a bit of sauce and a bit of mashed potatoes.
You can make these ahead of time and freeze them and simply make the cream sauce when you're ready to enjoy them.
Ingredients for Sauce
Step by Step Instructions
You won't need to preheat your oven until later because the meatballs will chill before cooking.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the beef and pork together.
Add in finely chopped onion, minced garlic, breadcrumbs and egg. Mix with spoon, or with clean hands, then add in the milk, salt & pepper.
Shape into 24 meatballs, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. The IKEA recipe calls for two hours of chill time. I have made them with 30 minutes chill time and they tasted fantastic.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add meatballs and brown on all sides.
Transfer meatballs to an overproof baking dish. Cover and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.
How to make the meatball sauce
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in frying pan. Whisk in flour and stir constantly for two minutes. Gradually add in vegetable and beef stock, stirring continuously.
Add in the cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard.
Simmer over medium-low heat until sauce thickens.
Drizzle over meatballs and enjoy!
These meatballs go perfectly with these Boursin Mashed Potatoes. They're creamy and have a hint of garlic.
The secret to making this sauce is cooking at a temperature that is simmering/bubbling constantly and stirring continuously.
Storage & Freezing Instructions
To store meatballs, place in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat cooked meatballs in 300°F for about 15 minutes, testing the centre to ensure that they are heated through.
To freeze meatballs, place in heavy-duty freezer bag or airtight container. Freeze for up to two months.