IKEA shares recipe for its famous meat balls to make at home (2024)

  • IKEA has shared the recipe for their famous Swedish meatballs to make at home
  • In true IKEA fashion, they have written a pictured step-by-step guide to help
  • Swedish furniture giant closed all of its 22 UK store last month, but some food halls have reopened to the vulnerable and for key workers

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People across the country are missing dishes from their favourite restaurants and cafes as this UK enters its fourth week of lockdown.

Dozens of high street favourites, including McDonald's, Greggs and Pizza Express have shared their top secret recipes so food fans can recreate their popular dishes at home.

And now IKEA has jumped on the bandwagon to release the the DIY method for their famous meatballs.

Revealing how people can recreate the much-loved dish in six simple steps, IKEA is challenging fans to make some delicious meatballs themselves, a feat which is usually left for their furniture.

IKEA has shared the method to make their famous meatballs at home, as their stores close amid the coronavirus pandemic

The Swedish staple, a popular choice for those visiting the cafe of the furniture giant, are usually served hot, but are also available frozen in the Swedish Food Market.

While all of their 22 UK stores shut at the start of the lockdown, some of their food markets have re-opened to key workers, vulnerable customers and co-workers, giving them the opportunity to purchase essential food items.

The car parks of its Wembley and Gateshead stores have transformed into drive-through testing centres for NHS staff.

Here, they tell FEMAIL the simple method for making the dish at home.

How to make Ikeas meatballs at home

Makes 16 – 20


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 whole milk

· salt and pepper to taste

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


For the meatballs

1. 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.

2. 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).

3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.

4. 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.

Swedish cream sauce

5. 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.

6. When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes – either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!

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In true IKEA style, the Swedish furniture giant also shared a pictured step-by-step guide to making the iconic dish

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IKEA shares recipe for its famous meat balls to make at home (2024)


What is the jam they put on IKEA meatballs? ›

It's lingonberry season and the small sour berries that thrive best in cold climates are ready to be picked. Swedes love eating the jam made from lingonberries with meatballs, mashed potatoes and cream sauce.

What is the popular meat dish at IKEA? ›

For almost 40 years we've been serving up our own very own version of the classic Swedish meatball to hungry IKEA shoppers. Over the years our iconic balls have evolved, but one thing that's never changed is their delicious taste.

What is the sauce for Swedish meatballs made from? ›

The sauce for Swedish Meatballs is a creamy gravy that is made with butter, beef broth/stock, thickened with flour and made creamy with cream. But the most important flavour for the a really good creamy gravy is the pan drippings after searing the meatballs.

Why did IKEA stop selling meatballs? ›

On February 25, Czech inspectors said they had found horse DNA in meatballs made in Sweden for Ikea while testing samples collected at the company's branch in the city of Brno. The meatballs were labeled as containing beef and pork.

How are IKEA meatballs so cheap? ›

If the meatballs are so delicious and so popular, why are they so inexpensive? Like many other things in business, selling inexpensive meatballs is a strategy for the company to turn more profit. To sell their products, they need to get people in the door. To do that, they entice people with cheap meatballs.

Is there any meat in IKEA meatballs? ›

Meatballs should taste like meat. That's why we've seasoned the beef and pork gently with only a few ingredients, every one of them enhancing the meat flavour even more. Easily prepared from frozen in minutes.

What kind of meatballs are IKEA meatballs? ›

Ikea's meatballs are made from minced meat (pork and beef), onions, garlic, breadcrumbs, and milk.

Do IKEA Swedish meatballs have horse meat? ›

Ikea first said that it would not sell or serve any meatballs at its stores in Sweden after the Czech authorities detected horse meat in frozen meatballs that were labeled beef and pork, even though Ikea's own tests two weeks ago had not detected horse DNA.

What is IKEA meatball gravy made of? ›

Iconic Swedish cream sauce: Melt 40g of butter in a pan. Whisk in 40g of plain flour and stir for 2 mins. Add 300ml of bouillon (or consommé) and continue to stir. Add 150ml double cream, 2 tsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of (Dijon) mustard.

What makes Swedish meatballs different from regular meatballs? ›

No, they're basically the same things, with a different sauce. Italian meatballs are flavored with garlic and parmesan cheese, Swedish with onion and nutmeg. The first gets tomato sauce, the latter beef gravy. Just choose the one you prefer, they're both tasty.

Why are my Swedish meatballs falling apart? ›

ANSWER: Usually when meatballs fall apart, it's the binder that is the problem. Most meatball recipes call for using bread crumbs and eggs. But too much bread crumbs make them too loose, and not enough bread crumbs won't help them hold together either.

What supermarket sells Swedish meatballs? ›

Smorgasbord The Original Swedish Meatballs 1Kg - Tesco Groceries.

Is beef stroganoff and Swedish meatballs the same thing? ›

Not at all. Meatballs are made from minced meat (beef, pork or a mix of both). Beef Stroganoff is made from strips or cubes of beef cooked in a sour cream sauce.

Are IKEA meatballs unhealthy? ›

Are Ikea meatballs healthy? The meatballs are low in carbs but high in fat content, so while they're not healthy food, Ikea Swedish meatballs can be part of a healthy eating plan when enjoyed in moderation and as an occasional treat.

What are Swedish meatballs made of in IKEA? ›

What are the ingredients in IKEA Swedish meatballs? Only natural ingredients: meat, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, water, salt and pepper.

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