Some people go to Ikea to buy furniture or other things for the house, but these copycat Ikea Swedish meatballs always reminds me of why I love it there! You need to give this recipe for Ikea meatballs a try. I was really excited with how these gluten free Swedish meatballs turned out. So now you know how to make Swedish meatballs…but can you put together that shelf?!?
A good Swedish meatball recipe means you can avoid the Ikea crowds and make them yourself at home. And you can put these together without a complicated diagram or having two screws left over at the end!
I use two parts beef to one part pork for my recipe for Ikea meatballs. I also add onion, garlic, egg and milk. I used gluten free breadcrumbs because I wanted gluten free Swedish meatballs, but you can use any kind.
The sauce includes butter, flour (gluten free optional), stock and cream, as well as soy sauce and mustard for a piquant flavour.
Knowing how to make Swedish meatballs is definitely a skill worth having, because they are just so good! These copycat Ikea Swedish meatballs taste just like the ones in the store. Try them and you’re sure to agree!
How to Prepare this Swedish Meatball Recipe
Once you have combined the ingredients for the meatballs, you can make shape them with an ice cream scoop or your hands. They should be about 2 inches across.
Next you fry these copycat Ikea Swedish meatballs for around five minutes, or until they are browned all over. They are then finished to perfection in a hot oven.
This recipe for Ikea meatballs also has a wonderful creamy sauce. You can make the sauce while the meatballs are in the oven. The butter and flour make a roux in the pan and then the other ingredients go in there.
After simmering, you can serve the meatballs with the sauce poured over. Fresh parsley makes a nice garnish but is optional. In Sweden, parsley is a typical garnish for meatballs.
Knowing how to make Swedish meatballs is a skill you need. Not many meatball recipes beat this one! Although, Italian meatballs do rank very highly for me!
In Ikea, you get a plateful of these tasty meatballs for just a few dollars. They come with mashed or boiled potatoes, depending on location, plus cream sauce and some lingonberry jam.
Ikea also serves chicken meatballs, but I prefer these copycat Ikea Swedish meatballs to the chicken ones. You could always swap some of the meat in these gluten free Swedish meatballs for chicken if you prefer.
Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs: Some Tips for Perfection
This recipe is authentic, since Ikea itself shared how to make it a while back. You will know this recipe for Ikea meatballs is authentic as soon as you bite into one!
Follow the recipe exactly if you want that same wonderful flavour. For the true Ikea experience, serve lingonberry jam with it. Lingonberry jam is available from Ikea or Amazon. If you can’t get it, cranberry jam is quite similar. Lingonberries are small red berries which aren’t quite as tart as cranberries.
For an authentic Swedish meatball recipe, use whole milk in it (or swap it for heavy whipping cream which also works) along with good quality beef and pork. Don’t use extra lean meat here, because a little bit of fat in there helps keeps the meatballs juicy.
The onion should be very finely chopped. Minced would also be fine, and you can mince onion by rubbing it back and forth over a grater. You don’t want big chunks of onion in your Ikea Swedish meatballs.
You might want to add a pinch of allspice to the meatball mixture. Although Ikea doesn’t use it in their Swedish meatball recipes, a lot of Swedish cooks do add this aromatic spice.
I love making gluten free Swedish meatballs because they’re versatile and go just as well with potatoes as with egg noodles, pasta shapes or even rice.
Why Everyone Loves Swedish Meatballs
This recipe for Ikea meatballs is served in 340 stores all over the world, or it was pre-pandemic. It’s one of the best-loved and most popular dishes on Ikea’s restaurant menu. The Ikea in Hyderabad, India, offers a vegetarian version.
Copycat Ikea Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Gluten Free Ikea Swedish Meatballs
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 lb. ground pork
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3/4c Cup breadcrumbs plain gluten free
- 1 egg
- 3/4 Cup whole milk
- 1 Tsp. salt
- 1/2 Tsp. ground black pepper
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 1/3 Cup gluten free flour
- 3/4 Cup vegetable stock
- 3/4 Cup beef stock
- 1 Cup heavy cream
- 2 Tsp. soy sauce gluten free
- 2 Tsp. Dijon mustard
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, pork, chopped onion, crushed garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Once combined, add whole milk and use your hands to mix together thoroughly.
- Use a 2” ice cream scooper with a trigger to scoop perfect size meatballs. Or, use a spoon and form meat into 2” balls.
- Heat a frying pan over medium high heat. Add meatballs and brown all sides. This should take about 5 minutes total.
- Place a wire rack over a cookie sheet to allow oil to drip from the meatballs as they cook. Arrange meatballs on the wire rack. Place onto the center rack of the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
- While the meatballs are cooking, prepare cream sauce. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat. Melt the butter, then stir in the flour. Cook for 1 minute. Pour in the vegetable stock, beef stock, heavy cream, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard. Whisk well. Bring mixture to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Remove meatballs from the oven and add to a casserole dish. Pour cream sauce over the top and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve with egg noodles. Enjoy!
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
These offer a change of pace from Italian meatballs, if you’re in the mood for a Scandinavian supper.
I promise this copycat Ikea Swedish meatballs recipe is really easy. Learning how to make Swedish meatballs is a breeze. And while Ikea is yet to reopen its restaurants after lockdown, you can rustle this up easily at home. It’s certainly easier than assembling an Ikea bookcase!
Let me know if you give this recipe for Ikea meatballs a try. I was really excited with how these gluten free Swedish meatballs turned out. Thanks for following along….now you know how to make Swedish meatballs…but can you put together that shelf?!?
If you are a fan of beef recipes, you might also like Boeuf Bourguignon – Beef Stewed with Mushrooms, Red Wine and Bacon.