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Swedish Meatball Recipe

The best homemade Swedish Meatballs with the most perfect sauce come from this easy recipe. Ikea Swedish meatballs can't compete with these!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Swedish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 526kcal


Swedish Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Swedish Meatball Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


To make the Swedish Meatballs:

  • In a medium sized bowl combine ground beef, ground pork, panko bread crumbs, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, onion, garlic powder, pepper, salt and eggs. Mix until combined.
  • Roll into 24 meatballs. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and 1 Tablespoon butter over medium high heat. Add enough meatballs to the hot pan so that there is space in between each of them (you will most likely have to cook them in batches). Cook, turning frequently, until brown on each side and cooked through. This should take about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Continue cooking remaining meatballs until done, transferring to the foil covered plate.

To make the Swedish Meatball sauce:

  • Add 4 Tablespoons butter and flour to skillet and whisk until it turns brown. Slowly stir in beef broth and heavy cream. Add worchestershire sauce and dijon mustard and bring to a simmer until sauce starts to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the cooked meatballs back to the skillet and simmer over low heat for another 1-2 minutes. Serve over pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice.



Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 729mg | Potassium: 430mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2.4mg