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Craving IKEA's Swedish meatballs? The brand have released the iconic recipe

IKEA even provided its iconic DIY instructions!

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Nichola Murphy
Deputy Lifestyle Editor
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IKEA isn't just a store to peruse household items and get inspiration for beautiful home interiors - we all know at least one person who visits simply to get a taste of the iconic meatballs. After the Swedish retailer closed its doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, many have been left longing after the hearty dish. Following the likes of McDonald's - who recently revealed how to make the egg & sausage McMuffin - IKEA has unveiled its secret recipe to recreate the delicious meatballs at home. 

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IKEA even provided its iconic step-by-step instructions for the recipe!

The Swedish meatballs are traditionally served hot in-store with a cream sauce, mash and lingonberry jam. And cooks will be pleased to know both the meatballs and sauce can be replicated in just six simple steps - all detailed on one of IKEA's iconic step-by-step instruction manuals! So read on if you need your meatball fix…

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IKEA Swedish meatballs in cream sauce

Makes 16-20 meatballs (serves four)



  • 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
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Swedish cream sauce

  • A dash of oil
  • 40g butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 150ml thick double cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard



  1. Combine the 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.
  2. Shape the mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for two hours.
  3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
  4. 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.

Swedish cream sauce

  1. In a frying pan, melt the butter. Whisk in the plain flour and continue cooking, stirring continuously for 2 minutes. 
  2. Add the vegetable and beef stock and continue to stir. Add the double cream, soy sauce and Dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.
  3. Serve with your favourite potatoes.

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