Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs Are Easy to Assemble During Lockdown

With so many people being home and so many stores closed, we’re all getting a little stir crazy. We’re also missing some of our favorite treats and for many people, that’s shopping at Ikea and eating their classic meatballs. But to satisfy our cravings, the kind folks at head office have just released the recipe for Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs. 

In a similar way that DoubleTree shared the instructions for their iconic welcome cookies, Ikea is now letting us all in on their previously closely guarded recipe… and it’s pretty easy. But most importantly it comes with handy instructions.

Swedish meatball ingredients

  • 500 grams (about 1 pound) of ground beef
  • 250 grams (about 0.5 pounds) of ground pork
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed or minced
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) of bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk
  • generous amounts of salt and pepper

Cream sauce ingredients

  • Dash of olive oil
  • 40 grams (3 tablespoons) of butter
  • 40 grams (3 tablespoons) of plain flour
  • 150 millilitres (2/3 cup) of vegetable stock
  • 150 millilitres (2/3 cup) of beef stock
  • 150 millilitres (2/3 cup) of thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard



  1. Combine ground beef and ground pork in a bowl and break it up with your fingers to get rid of lumps.
  2. Add chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix together.
  3. Add milk and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roll mixture into small meatballs. Place on a clean plate, cover and refrigerate for two hours.
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  6. Heat oven to 180 C (350 F). Add browned meatballs to an ovenproof dish, cover and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.

Cream sauce

  1. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a pan.
  2. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour and stir for two minutes.
  3. Add 2/3 cup of vegetable stock and 2/3 cup of beef stock, stirring continuously.
  4. Add 2/3 cup of double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
  5. Simmer until sauce thickens.
  6. Drizzle over meatballs and enjoy.

There you have it, a legendary recipe is now an easy to make treat at home. Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs will still taste better in store, but they’re fun to make at home when you have a craving.