IKEA just released its famous Swedish meatball recipe

Apr 20 2020, 8:33 pm

Perhaps you’ve withstood the sweeping trend of DIY baked goods, ranging from muffins to cookies to sourdough.

But your aversion to transforming into a domestic wiz surely won’t hold up now that IKEA has released the recipe for its iconic Swedish meatballs.

An unprecedented move for an unprecedented time, the choice to share the recipe stems from the UK branch of IKEA, where a newly launched series intends to inspire colleagues and customers alike.


In proper IKEA fashion, the recipe has been shared through a step-by-step visual diagram. And luckily, the ingredients are all items that can be found at most grocery stores, if not already in your fridge and cupboard.

Here’s the rundown:

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 whole milk
  • generous salt and pepper


  • 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
  • Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover, and store in the fridge for 2 hours. This will help them hold their shape whilst cooking.
  • In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C with a fan) and cook for 30 minutes more.

For the cream sauce

  • dash of oil
  • 40g butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 150ml thick double cream
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard


  • Melt 40g of butter in a pan. Whisk in 40g of flour and stir for 2 minutes. Add 150ml of veg stock and 150ml of beef stock; continue to stir. Add 150ml of double cream, 2 tsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp dijon mustard.
  • Bring to a simmer and allow sauce to thicken.
  • When ready to eat, serve over meatballs with your favourite potatoes — either a creamy mash or mini boiled potatoes.

All in all, the recipe should only take a few hours to throw together, and then, viola! It’s like you’re once again in the massive furniture and home-goods store that somehow has phenomenal food.


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