Apr 21, 2020 by

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We recently wrote about the good news that three of Londons big IKEA stores have re-opened their Swedish Food Markets for the public and now the furniture giant also revelled their famous meatball recipe for everyone in lockdown to make at home. Not only do you learn to make the meatballs but you can now also make their delicious brown sauce. Lockdown just became a little bit better!


Another must to this traditional dish for many Swedes is the lingonberry sauce and pickled cucumber. There are plenty of recipes online to complement with these two ingredients. We made our own substitute to lingonberry jam with dried barberries that we cooked with some sugar. You can find barberries online.



Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs: Serves 4


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 milk (whole milk)
  • Generous salt and pepper

For the cream sauce

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

Iconic Swedish cream sauce: 

  1. Melt 40g butter in a pan. Whisk in 40g of plain flour and stir for two mins. Add 150mL of veg stock and 150mL of beef stock and continue to stir. Add 150mL of double cream, 2 tsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of Dijon mustard. Bring it to simmer and allow sauce to thicken.
  2. When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes – either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!

Ikea is not the only brand to have shared the secret recipe for one of its most-loved dishes.