Main Dish | February 28, 2020

Easy Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Savory and tender meatballs smothered in a rich and creamy gravy.  This easy Swedish meatballs recipe will definitely be a new family favorite! Serve them up with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles and a side salad for a meal that will please even the pickiest eater.

Easy Swedish meatball recipe in a cast iron skillet, atop a wooden cutting board and garnished with parsley.

What are Swedish meatballs?

Swedish meatballs are one of my favorite comfort foods. I’ve been known to eat my share of Ikea’s iconic Swedish meatballs.  Swedish meatballs are a delicious savory meatball that is served swimming in a creamy gravy.  How delicious does that sound!? Often they are served over a starch – like mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice.

Easy Swedish meatball recipe served atop mashed potatoes.

What Do I Need To Put On My Grocery List?

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • ground beef
  • egg
  • breadcrumbs
  • milk
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • nutmeg
  • salt & pepper
  • butter
  • flour
  • beef broth
  • heaving whipping cream

Ingredients for swedish meatballs.

How Do I Make This Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe?

How To Make The Meatballs

Pro Tip #1: Before we get into the details I have a secret tip to make some really amazing meatballs. I’ve tried this a few times and have had the best success. This is one of those recipe tips you will be calling your girlfriends about to show off your culinary wisdom. It’s an incredible easy step but makes a world of difference in the texture of your meatballs. All you have to do is soak your breadcrumbs in milk! It adds moisture by throughly incorporating the milk into the mixture and still allows the bread to bind the meat together. Try it. You will never go back.

  1. Combine bread crumbs and milk.  Let set for a few minutes.
  2. Combine ground beef, egg, soaked bread crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, oregano, nutmeg, and salt & pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Using clean hands mix together so all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  5. Bake meatballs in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until browned a cooked thru.

Pro Tip #2: Use a cookie scoop to portion the meat for meatballs.  This will create uniform sizes and even cooking.

How to make meatballs.

Other Ways To Cook Meatballs

Oven: Place meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake in a 400 degree oven until cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.

Pressure Cooker: Insert the trivet into your pressure cooker.  Add 1 cup of water.  Add meatballs to the pot.  You can layer them on top of each other. Cook for 15 minutes.  Use a quick release to release the pressure.

Meatballs cooked on a baking sheet.

How To Make The Gravy (AKA Ikea Sauce)

You don’t have to go to Ikea to have their delicious creamy gravy sauce.  You can make it at home in just a few easy steps.

  1. In a large skillet melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add flour.
  3. Whisk and cook until mixture is lightly browned.
  4. Add beef broth.  Whisk and cook until thickened.
  5. Whisk in heavy whipping cream.
  6. Add cooked meatballs to gravy.  Gently stir to coat meatballs with gravy.
  7. Serve over mashed potatoes.

How to make gravy for meatballs.

What the difference between an Italian meatball and a Swedish meatball?

Italian meatballs are famously served in a bright, tangy, tomato sauce. Swedish meatballs are cooked in a rich, roux-based, creamy gravy made with beef broth.

Swedish meatballs in a cast iron skillet, garnished with parsley.

What Do I Serve Swedish Meatballs With?

They are delicious served over a starch.  Try mashed potatoes, or noodles.  You can even do rice. If you really want the full Swedish experience, add a spoonful of Lingonberry sauce to the side. It creates a heavenly flavor combination!

Swedish meatballs in a cake pan, served over mashed potatoes.

DO I HAVE TO MAKE HOMEMADE MEATBALLS?

Nope! you can use your favorite meatballs from the store. WHAT ARE THE BEST FROZEN MEATBALLS? We love Rosina homestyle or itialan-style meatballs. I do highly recommend making homemade meatballs however, their flavor and texture are so much better.

Do you have other meatball recipes?

We sure do!  Try our:

Thai Meatball Lettuce Wrap

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Italian Meatball Buddha Bowl

Sweet and sour meatballs

Swedish meatballs in a cast iron skillet, smothered in gravy.

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Easy Swedish meatball recipe in a cast iron skillet, atop a wooden cutting board and garnished with parsley.
Swedish Meatballs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Savory and tender meatballs smothered in a rich and creamy gravy.  This easy Swedish meatballs recipe will definitely be a new family favorite! Serve them up with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles and a side salad for a meal that will please even the pickiest eater.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Swedish
Keyword: easy swedish meatballs, homemade meatballs, swedish meatballs
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 453 kcal
Author: Aubrey
Ingredients
Meatballs
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
Gravy
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp Flour
  • 3 cups Beef Broth
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • Salt and Pepper
Hot Cooked Mashed Potatoes, Noodles, or Rice
    Instructions
    Meatballs
    1. Soak bread crumbs in milk until absorbed.
    2. Combine all ingredients and roll into 1 inch balls and place on a lined baking sheet.

    3. Bake at 375 degs for 20 mins or until browned and cooked through.

    Gravy
    1. While meatballs are baking, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

    2. When melted whisk in flour and continue to whisk until bubbly and lightly browned.
    3. Slowly whisk in beef broth and allow to thicken.
    4. Whisk in heavy cream and season with salt and pepper.
    5. Add cooked meatballs to gravy.
    6. Serve over mashed potatoes and with a side of Lingonberry Sauce..

    Recipe Notes

    Nutritional information does not include mashed potatoes.

    Pro Tip #1: Before we get into the details I have a secret tip to make some really amazing meatballs. I've tried this a few times and have had the best success. This is one of those recipe tips you will be calling your girlfriends about to show off your culinary wisdom. It's an incredible easy step but makes a world of difference in the texture of your meatballs. All you have to do is soak your breadcrumbs in milk! It adds moisture by throughly incorporating the milk into the mixture and still allows the bread to bind the meat together. Try it. You will never go back.

    Pro Tip #2: Use a cookie scoop to portion the meat for meatballs.  This will create uniform sizes and even cooking.

    Other Ways To Cook Meatballs

    Oven: Place meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake in a 400 degree oven until cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.

    Pressure Cooker: Insert the trivet into your pressure cooker.  Add 1 cup of water.  Add meatballs to the pot.  You can layer them on top of each other. Cook for 15 minutes.  Use a quick release to release the pressure.

     

    Nutrition Facts
    Swedish Meatballs
    Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
    Calories 453 Calories from Fat 324
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 36g55%
    Saturated Fat 18g113%
    Cholesterol 140mg47%
    Sodium 758mg33%
    Potassium 350mg10%
    Carbohydrates 13g4%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 2g2%
    Protein 19g38%
    Vitamin A 733IU15%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 88mg9%
    Iron 3mg17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    1. 5 stars
      i just made these swedish meatballs tonight for dinner with mashed potatoes! seriously so amazing! I used your home creamy mashed potatoes and they were amazing as well. Don’t tell my mom… but they might be better than hers! haha. Thanks for the great recipe!!