Classic Swedish meatballs

Classic Swedish meatballs

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(63 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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21st Feb, 2019
All I can say is that I won't be looking for another recipe for swedish meatballs. I don't know if they are authentic or not but taste similar to ikea ones but softer - really nice. I was positively suprised by gravy, looking at the ingredients I could not imagine it would taste any good, but it was great.
10th Dec, 2017
I think it's the dill that gives these meatballs a nice twist. I usually go the tomato/basil route but these are a nice change.
20th Jul, 2016
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!!
30th Nov, 2015
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...
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Howard Greenhalgh
10th Dec, 2018
Patman01 - it says 'Greens' not green beans. Mash - yes, even in Sweden. Dill is in the meatballs. Stop trying to be a smart-arse.
31st Aug, 2015
Good meatballs! Added a good pinch of nutmeg and allspice to the meat to make this taste like the real deal.
29th Mar, 2015
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
20th Jan, 2015
This dish is so simple and amazingly delicious! Great meal and we'll received!
19th Oct, 2014
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.
22nd Aug, 2014
Much, much better than Ikea meatballs - the dill changes everything, and that gravy is amazing.


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