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Swedish Meatballs

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  40 min
  • Calories: 463
    Easy swedish meatballs on a plate of mashed potatoes covered in creamy gravy and sprinkled with fresh parsley.

    These Swedish meatballs are the best you'll ever have. Gently warmed with spices and covered in a heavenly creamy gravy sauce, then served with fluffy mashed potatoes!

    Swedish Meatballs Served Up: At Home.

    Swedish meatballs are everyone’s favorite IKEA menu item, and our recipe recreates that deliciousness at home—classed up, cleaned up and so. dang. good. We love that they are beginner chef level friendly, well seasoned and totally drool worthy! You will want to make this easy recipe again and again.

    Ingredients for swedish meatball recipe. Grate onion, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, nutmeg and allspice.

    This Swedish Meatball Dinner Sparks All The Joy!

    This time of year we're especially on the lookout for recipes that bring people together, can be served for multiple occasions, and most importantly, taste great. We are big believers that when you’re gathered around delicious food—like these moist, warmly-spiced, perfect meatballs—with those you love, you can create moments of joy even amidst the busy and chaotic holiday season.

    All of these things—plus Simply Organic's array of warm and festive spices—inspired us to create this, the best Swedish meatballs recipe ever! We know that this is one both your picky kids and holiday guests alike will enjoy.

    Ingredients laid out for Swedish meatball recipe. Ground pork, raw ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, parsley and  garlic.

    A Weeknight Dinner That is Simple, Quick And Easy.

    This meatball recipe isn't just the best—it's also simple. This recipe comes together quickly enough for an easy weeknight dinner, or last-minute party snack.

    We’ve turned this classic Swedish recipe—warm with wintery Swedish spices like allspice and nutmeg—into a show-stopping dish that can be served as an appetizer for your next party, tonight for dinner with the family, or even a special occasion like Christmas!

    Swedish meatball ingredients in a mixing bowl.
    Formed Swedish meatballs on baking sheet ready to go into the oven.
    Creamy, Swedish meatball gravy in a pan.
    Swedish meatballs in a pan in a light brown spiced gravy.

    What is So Special About These Meatballs?

    It’s all about the Swedish spices, a buttery cream sauce, and the fact that they require just one pan! They are filled with wonderful warm spices and finished with a fragrant, heavenly cream sauce.

    There are many versions of these tasty morsels out there, but for the sake of ease we chose to use Simply Organicallspice and nutmeg. The result is meatballs that are perfectly seasoned with warm spices without being overpowered.

    How Do You Make Authentic Swedish Meatballs?

    There isn't necessarily one single defining recipe for Swedish meatballs—there is a fair amount of variation in terms of what qualifies as "classic". But, traditionally they include:

    • A mixture of pork and beef
    • Onion (we added garlic and parsley to make them even more flavorful.)
    • Warm spices such as Simply Organic nutmeg and allspice.
    • A cream-based light brown gravy.
    Swedish meatballs and creamy brown gravy in a pan with a serving spoon and linen.
    Close up shot of Swedish meatballs with a serving spoon.

    How Do You Make Easy Swedish Meatballs?

    The next time you are at IKEA, you should take a hard pass on their frozen, bagged, processed, and dare I say “American” version of Swedish meatballs and make them from scratch at home instead. Why? Because they are really easy, and a thousand percent better.

    You can pull the entire recipe together in a few simple steps (and only dirty one bowl and one pan in the process)!

    1. Mix your Swedish meatball ingredients in a large bowl and roll them out onto a sheet pan.
    2. Fry the meatballs in a large pan.
    3. Use the same pan to make your gravy.
    4. Add the meatballs back to the pan and serve in that creamy, spiced Swedish meatball sauce!
    Close up shot of Swedish Meatballs and brown spiced gravy.
    Easy swedish meatballs on a plate of mashed potatoes covered in creamy gravy and sprinkled with fresh parsley.

    Tips for Making Delicious Homemade Swedish Meatballs:

    1. Don’t make them too big. These meatballs are pan fried and contain pork. The last thing you want to do is undercook them. They should be about the size of a rounded tablespoon.
    2. Take care while forming the balls that they are tight so they don’t fall apart in the pan. We like to dip our hands in water as we roll them to make them nice and smooth. The breadcrumbs and eggs also help hold the mixture together.
    3. Fry the meatballs in batches. If you crowd the pan the meatballs will steam instead of brown.
    4. These meatballs and sauce reheat perfectly in a covered casserole dish. Heat oven to 350° and pop them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Cover with warmed sauce and you are good to go!

    Tools You'll Need

    Easy swedish meatballs on a plate of mashed potatoes covered in creamy gravy and sprinkled with fresh parsley.

    What to Serve with the Best Swedish Meatballs?

    • Swedish meatballs are at the type of great recipe that can be served all by themselves!
    • Add some simple steamed veggies.
    • Go traditional and serve them with a dollop of lingonberry jam over mashed potatoes (just like at Ikea!)
    • Egg noodles are also always a good idea.
    • You can also just serve them on a platter for your guests to gobble up with toothpicks at your next cocktail party.

    Are You a Meatball Fan? (I’ve got both hands raised over here!)

    Be sure to check out these other delicious weeknight dinner meatballs:

    Close up of Swedish Meatball on a fork.

    How Good Did They Turn Out?

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    Swedish Meatballs

    • Serves: 8
    • Prep Time:  20 min
    • Cook Time:  40 min
    • Calories: 463

    Ingredients

    Meatballs

    • 1 lb ​ground beef
    • 1 lb ground pork
    • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, minced
    • ½ tsp ground allspice
    • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
    • ¾ cup yellow onion, grated (about 1 medium onion)
    • 2 tsp salt
    • ½ tsp pepper, freshly ground
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • ¾ cup panko*
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Cream Gravy

    • ½ cup butter
    • ½ cup flour*
    • 4 cups beef broth
    • 1 tsp salt
    • ¼ tsp pepper
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • ¼ tsp ground allspice
    • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1 cup heavy cream

    Method

    1. In a large bowl, mix the beef, pork, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, grated onion, salt, pepper, garlic, panko and eggs until combined.
    2. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, measure out the meat mixture into roughly 35 (1.5 inch) balls.**
    3. In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add ½ of the meatballs and cook until browned on all sides. This takes about 5 minutes. Set aside **
    4. When all of the meatballs are browned, pour off any excess grease in the pan, into a heatproof vessel. Lower the heat to medium and add the butter to the pan. When the butter begins to bubble, sprinkle in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the beef broth to the pan a little at a time.***
    5. Whisk the gravy until the broth is all incorporated. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, allspice and nutmeg. Whisk a few more times. Slowly add the cream.
    6. Once the gravy begins to simmer****, add the meatballs back into the pan.
    7. Simmer until the gravy has thicken up a bit and the meatballs are cooked all the way through*****, about 8-10 minutes.
    8. Serve warm over mashed potatoes or egg noodles, alongside steamed veggies and lingonberry jam.

    Cooking Notes:

    *Gluten Free Version: if you want to keep this recipe gluten free, you can sub the breadcrumbs for a gluten-free version. To keep the gluten out of the gravy, you will want to reserve 1 cup of beef stock and mix it with ⅓ cup corn starch. Add it to the gravy at the end to thicken it up.

    ** I like to shape the meatballs and place them on a piece of parchment paper for easy clean up and less dishes. Then I use another piece of parchment to place the browned meatballs on, again, easy clean up, less dishes.

    *** If you take your time adding the beef broth, your gravy will stay thick, taking less time overall.

    **** Take care not to boil the cream. It might separate if you do. Keep it at a simmer until the meatballs are cooked all the way through.

    ***** The meatballs should reach an internal temperature of 165° F and no longer be pink on the inside.

    Nutrition Info

    • Per Serving
    • Amount
    • Calories463
    • Protein27 g
    • Carbohydrates11 g
    • Total Fat35 g
    • Dietary Fiber1 g
    • Cholesterol157 mg
    • sodium1050 mg
    • Total Sugars1 g

    Swedish Meatballs

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    • Eli

      Just using the sauce for my meatballs.

      Great!

    • Maureen Joza

      Can these be made in advance and frozen?

      Sure! If you are freezing it with the gravy, let if fully thaw before reheating. Hope you enjoy Maureen!

    • Gene

      These were fantastic, is this recipe authentic Swedish food?

      Inspired by Swedish food. It might be made a bit differently in Sweden.

    • Diane

      Can I substitute sour cream for the heavy cream.

      It's never been tested that way and we'd be worried it might separate.

    • Donna Burnich

      I made Swedish meatballs last Wednesday they’ve been in the refrigerator for about a week would they still be good I forgot to freeze them and this is Thursday it was a week yesterday that I made them thank you

      Unfortunately, we'd probably not keep them around after that long.

    • M

      Super yummy!!! My kids love it, too.
      Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

      SO glad your family enjoys it!

    • Erica Jeanes

      Delicious. It takes time to batch fry. I added extra all spice and made gravy both as directed and for my lactose free family used cream of coconut instead of heavy cream. The flavor was wonderful, no coconut flavor at all.

      Thanks Erica, we are so glad you enjoyed it!

    • Nancy Moreno

      Wow! Made it for dinner tonight along with mashed potatoes, steamed normandy blend veggies and lingonberry jam a la IKEA. It was fantastic!! I was kinda worried about the gravy because it was a bit bland, but after the meatballs simmered in there the whole meal came to life. I made it exactly as printed. Definitely adding this to my meal rotation. Thank you!!!

      Thank you so much Nancy, we are so happy that you loved it. It's so fun to hear you are adding it to meal rotation!

    • D Young

      OMG!!! This is by far the most delicious Swedish meatballs I have ever prepared!!!! Perfect amount of seasoning! The lemon pulls it all together!!
      This recipe is going into our rotating meal plan!!

      Thanks D! We are so glad you loved it! So happy to hear it made your rotation!

    • MJ

      I made these tonight and enjoyed them. It’s very different style of cooking than my typical healthy/clean eating. My stepmother was from Germany and made the best Swedish meatballs so I was looking to replicate. These came close! I would tweek a few things next time. I would use a little less flour and half the cream. The sauce had a nice flavor prior to adding the cream. I would say 1/4-1/2 cup would be perfect. The spices were nice and the beef/pork combo had a nice flavor. Looking forward to trying it again. My son loved it.

      Thans MJ, we are glad you and your son loved these.