• Makes 16 - 20
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 18 Ingredients

Ikea is famous for its flat packs, el-cheapo breakfasts, build-your-own furniture and of course the Swedish Ikea meatballs.

Ikea, thank goodness, is still open in Australia but their kids’ Smaland is shut, which makes a trip to the flat-pack paradise with the kids a slice of hell. However, shoppers in many places across the world don’t even have a choice as stores are in many global locations amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Ikea fans are desperately missing their shopping trips and their dose of savoury Ikea meatballs.

So the Ikea Swedish chefs have come to the rescue and done the unthinkable. They have released the top-secret recipe for the world-famous Ikea meatballs.

ikea meatballs

Sadly, the recipe doesn’t come bundled with a flat-pack cook and you’ll have to prepare the Ikea meatballs yourself. But hey, what else is there to do at home, then try out a new recipe.

The Ikea Meatballs recipe includes the recipe for the actual meatballs as well as for the iconic Swedish cream sauce. The meatballs are made with both beef and pork mince. For authenticity, it is best to follow the recipe as is, but of course you can substitute the meat for only beef, or perhaps even chicken or vegetarian mince.

Serve the Ikea meatballs hot drizzled with the cream sauce and accompanied by mash or baked potatoes.

Ingredients (makes 16 - 20 meatballs)

  • 500g beef mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 40g butter
  • Dash Oil
  • 40g plain flour
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 150ml thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  2. Combine beef and pork mince and mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours (to help them hold their shape whilst cooking).
  4. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.
  5. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  7. In frying pan, melt 40g of butter. Whisk in 40g of plain and continue cooking, stirring continuously, for 2 minutes, allowing the flour to cook through. Add 150ml of vegetable stock and 150ml of beef stock and continue to stir. Add 150ml thick double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
  8. When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes - either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes.

  • I love the sauce that comes with the meatballs. I’ll be making that for sure :)


  • Omg THANK YOU. This is the only way I can get any meat into my fussy eater. We live out in the country now and so my aunt makes special trips just to deliver his meatballs. But yay now I can make them for him.


  • Thanks for sharing, unlikely I’ll use this recipe. We don’t use pork mince for one


  • I wouldn’t be able to count on my hands the number of times I’ve googled ikea meatball recipes and not really found much. This is definitely getting trialed!


  • Sounds easy enough. I don’t eat meat though, so quite unlikely I’ll make these


  • As a massive fan of the famous IKEA meatballs, I’d sure like to replicate them at home!


  • Nice recipe would love to try.


  • This is a great recipe that you can freeze up too. It looks yummy.


  • Ahhh the famous Ikea Swedish meatballs! I’ve never tried them but somehow know of them.


  • Worked out well. Thanks for the recipe. It’s yum.


  • I’ve never tried these but they look and sound so easy to make I’ll certainly be giving them a go soon.


  • I’ll admit to never having tried the real thing, but this recipe looks as though they would taste quite nice. A good recipe for family meals.


  • Wow, great to have the recipe. We love the Ikea meatballs, they are a fast and tasty dinner for a mid week meal.


  • I’ve never tried these but everybody seems to like them. I will make them and see Thankyou for the recipe


  • I love Ikea meatballs. I dont have an Ikea near me but if I did Id happily go there for a weekly meal of meatballs.


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