IKEA Has Released Its Famous Meatball Recipe


Any dull day will be cheered with Swedish meatballs, and you can now prepare the renowned Ikea recipe at home.

Although a day trip to one of the brand’s stores is always wonderful, you will always enjoy the aisles of kitchen items on display, bedroom and home sets, and the scented candles that you will unavoidably wind up leaving with.

And that’s before you stop for a pack of meatballs at the end of the journey.

The restaurant gave us the instructions for its signature dish in a very suitable six-step guide back in 2020 when everyone was stranded at home due to the Covid-19 lockdown in order to keep us all occupied.

However, if simply seeing the infographic Ikea provided makes you feel uneasy because of previous disputes over flat-pack instructions, fear not; here it is in document format.


Makes 16 – 20

  • 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


  • 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


  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

  1. 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.
  2. When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes – either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes.

And there you have it, perfect (probably) Ikea-style Swedish meatballs to keep you going until you can experience the real thing again.