Ikea Shares Its Famous Meatball Recipe

After fans have begged and pleaded for years, Ikea finally released its iconic Swedish meatball recipe.
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There’s nothing better than swinging into the Ikea cafe after aimlessly wandering around the decor store and picking up a pack of delicious Swedish meatballs.

A day trip to one of the furniture chain’s branches is always an enjoyable experience – largely down to the captivating displays of kitchen utensils, bedroom and home sets, and the irresistible scented candles that invariably find their way into your basket.

But once you reach the end of your shopping journey, it becomes even better when you cap it off with a pack of meatballs.

In 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown when everyone was confined to their homes, the chain thoughtfully shared the recipe for its signature dish through a concise six-step guide, providing a worthwhile activity to keep us all engaged and we were hooked.

Now if you’re ready to impress your loved ones with a tasty treat without leaving the house you may want to carry on reading…

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IKEA store
Ikea’s meatballs are probably as famous as its furniture. Credit: @ikea/Instagram

If simply gazing at the infographic released by Ikea brings back memories of past disagreements fueled by flat-pack assembly instructions, don’t worry; you can access it in a Word format.

Ingredients – Meatballs

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

Ingredients – Iconic Swedish 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

IKEA meatballs
The recipe is available for everyone. Credit: Ikea

Meatballs Method For Cooking:

  1. Combine beef and pork mince, ensuring a thorough mix to eliminate any lumps.
  2. Incorporate finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, and an egg into the mixture; blend well.
  3. Pour in milk and season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Shape the mixture into small, round balls and place them on a clean plate.
  5. Cover the plate and refrigerate for 2 hours to help the meatballs maintain their shape during cooking.
  6. In a frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Once hot, gently add the meatballs and brown them on all sides.
  7. After browning, transfer the meatballs to an ovenproof dish, cover, and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (or 160°C fan) for an additional 30 minutes.

Swedish Cream Sauce Method For Cooking:

  1. In a frying pan, melt 40g of butter.
  2. Whisk in 40g of plain flour and continue cooking while stirring constantly for 2 minutes to cook the flour.
  3. Add 150ml of vegetable stock and 150ml of beef stock, continuing to stir.
  4. Incorporate 150ml of thick double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring continuously, and allow the sauce to thicken.

When you’re ready to enjoy, serve these delectable Ikea-style Swedish meatballs with your preferred choice of potatoes, whether it’s creamy mashed potatoes or mini new-boiled potatoes.

This recipe will keep your taste buds satisfied until you can savour the authentic experience once more.

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a former content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.