Classic Swedish meatballs

Classic Swedish meatballs

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(45 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Now you can recreate the meatballs you've enjoyed on furniture shopping trips at home...

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal301
  • fat13g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.73g
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  • 400g lean pork mince
  • 1 egg, beaten



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  • 1 small onion, finely chopped or grated



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  • 85g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped dill, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tbsp each olive oil and butter
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 400ml hot beef stock (from a cube is fine)


  1. In a bowl, mix the mince with the egg, onion, breadcrumbs, dill and seasoning. Form into small meatballs about the size of walnuts – you should get about 20.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs. You may have to do this in 2 batches. Remove from pan, melt the butter, then sprinkle over the flour and stir well. Cook for 2 mins, then slowly whisk in the stock. Keep whisking until it is a thick gravy, then return the meatballs to the pan and heat through. Sprinkle with dill and serve with cranberry jelly, greens and mash.

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Comments (59)

smurray2811's picture

Great recipe, especially with the dill (very Swedish). But the sauce needs cream and the addition of a berry, preferably lingon berries, but hard to find in the uk. A spoon full of cranberry sauce is an easy alternative.
All in all great recipe!!

Patman01's picture

Hilarious how basically everything is completely wrong in this "Classic Swedish meatballs" recipe.
Meat should be beef + pork
The "Cream Sauce" should have cream in it (50/50 cream / stock)
Soy sauce is crucial to the sauce
No dill... Never dill with meatballs...
Green beans?!? Nope... Always served with pressed / pickled cucumber
Mash?!? Nope... Boiled potato.
Obviously never served with cranberries but as it's not too easy to find lingon berries in the UK I'll let this pass :)

Sure it's lovely but nothing Swedish about the recipe...

sallykindle's picture

Good meatballs! Added a good pinch of nutmeg and allspice to the meat to make this taste like the real deal.

Jenandmylo's picture

We love this meatball recipe. I leave out the dil and add some dry mixed herbs instead. The meatballs themselves are really versatile and freeze well. They are great with a tomato sauce and pasta or in a stew.

Sir Scoop-A-Lot's picture

This dish is so simple and amazingly delicious! Great meal and we'll received!

crazycanuck's picture

I don't think I've reviewed this recipe, and yet I have been making it for years now! My family loves this recipe. It is the perfect comfort food. I use my husband's red currant jelly as an accompaniment, and it goes beautifully. I highly recommend this dish. It's delicious.

jule955's picture

Much, much better than Ikea meatballs - the dill changes everything, and that gravy is amazing.

Purplescarlet's picture

I cooked this recipe for the first time tonight and it worked out beautifully. I didn't follow it exactly, used 500g of mince and probably more butter and flour for the gravy but it turned out great.

bandcamper's picture

I oven baked the meatballs for 20 minutes, much less hassle than pan frying and means they keep their shape nicely. Added a couple of tbsp of Redcurrant jelly to the sauce which gave it a lovely sweetness. Clean plates from adults and children alike.

justina87's picture

Love this recipe! Added cream for extra indulgence, garlic and chillies for extra flavour :) If you have no dill, fresh thyme also works really well.

shreyjagma's picture

Classic Sandwich Meatballs...
Sounds Amazing...
Thanks for sharing this magnificent recipe with us...
I really like this Meat Balls Cake :) Great Job !
Thank You.

musling's picture

This was really nice - and didn't taste anything like IKEA ;-)

issohamo's picture

My daughter wouldn't eat the meatballs from the 'furniture shop' after my son told her they were made from reindeer meat! It's nice to be able to indulge again with visibly not reindeer meat. I use a beef and pork mix, and add a tablespoon of light cream to the gravy before serving - lush!

try-it-twice's picture

Great! My wife and I loved this recipe: easy to make, cheap, and very tasty.

skybluetoyou's picture

We all really enjoyed this recipe, easy and economical. I served it with carrot, swede potato mash.
Will deffo be making this again

sparven's picture

It´s only in southern Sweden you use pork and dill.
In the rest of the country we eat beef meatballs with boiled potatoes, creamsauce based on gravy, pickled cucumber and jam from lingonberries. Trust me, I´m Swedish.

kimkap's picture

A very simple dish to make and the meatballs were delicious - will definitely make this dish again.

jevidrian's picture

these meatballs were so yummy very ikea I did add a teaspoon of bovril just to give it a bit more of a meaty taste, they went down really well with the family and I will definately be making them again

djez1983's picture

This is nothing like an authentic Svensk meatball. All spice and ginger are key as well as a little finely chopped onion, certainly not a whole one!

beanolino's picture

I've made these again and again. Very tasty!


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