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 were IKEA meatballs made of? ›

The standard meatballs that you might put in a spaghetti sauce or a meatball sub are usually made with ground beef. But, Swedish meatballs from IKEA are made from both pork and beef! And, of course, there is a creamy gravy rather than a red sauce when you serve it.

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? ›

Meat. Take our famous meatballs home to prepare in your own kitchen. Serve Swedish style with mash, lingonberry jam and cream sauce.

Why did IKEA stop selling meatballs? ›

STOCKHOLM - Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe's widening meat scandal Monday, forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat. Stores in the U.S. and Canada were not affected, Ikea said.

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.

What do Swedes think of IKEA meatballs? ›

IKEA meatballs are quite popular in Scandinavia, known for their taste and affordability.

Has IKEA stopped selling meatballs? ›

Frozen meatballs are available for you to take home! We know that there is great demand for our meatballs - what's a visit to IKEA without them? Although our collection point may not have a hot meatball offer available, we have made sure that there are frozen meatballs available for you to take home and cook yourself.

Does IKEA actually sell meatballs? ›

Visit the IKEA Restaurant and Bistro!

Also, swing by the Swedish Food Market, where you can purchase cured salmon, meatballs, sauces, sweet treats, snacks and more delicious IKEA foods to enjoy at home!

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.

Does IKEA put horse meat in their meatballs? ›

Czech authorities alerted the discount furniture maker that they had found horsemeat in a sample of meatballs, and Ikea subsequently pulled the product from stores in 14 countries.

Are there eggs in Ikea meatballs? ›

About the Ikea recipe. The meatball ingredients are pretty standard. They include ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, salt and pepper.

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.

What supermarket sells Swedish meatballs? ›

Smorgasbord The Original Swedish Meatballs 1Kg - Tesco Groceries.

Are Ikea meatballs red meat? ›

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

Are IKEA Swedish meatballs authentic? ›

They're famous – and one of the brand's most prized assets. But some of the romantic Swedishness of the meatballs, which are served with mash, light gravy and lingonberry jam, has been forever lost. Ikea's iconic meatballs originated in what is now modern day Turkey.

What are Swedish meatballs made of? ›

Swedish Meatballs

The meatballs themselves are made with a combination of ground beef and pork, along with a touch of allspice and nutmeg. Onions and garlic add flavor and texture, and milk, egg, and breadcrumbs act as a binder. Finally, Parmesan cheese is a little “Cozy” touch that adds a subtle pop of flavor.

Are IKEA plant based meatballs healthy? ›

Nutritionally, they're pretty good. It's 220 calories per serving, 14 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fibre, 2 grams of sugar, 9 grams of protein, and 350 grams of sodium. Not exactly health rock stars, but also totally fine as part of a balanced meal.

What are the ingredients in IKEA frozen meatballs? ›

Beef, Pork, Water, Seasoning (Bread Crumbs [Bleached Wheat Flour, Dextrose, Yeast, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/Or Cottonseed Oil, Salt], Dextrose, Corn Syrup Solids, Salt, Parmesan Cheese [Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes], Spices, Garlic Powder, Parsley Flakes, Dried Onion), Textured Soy Flour, ...

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