{copycat} IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs


If you love them at the store, you’ll love this version our version of {copycat} IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs. Easy to prepare with the same great taste.
{copycat} IKEA's Swedish Meatballs | Who Needs A Cape?
I joined a new group called the Surprise Recipe Swap. Every month I am assigned to a different blog to pick any recipe from and blog about it! Someone else has me every month too, so it’ll be fun to see what they choose from our blog :).
This is the first month of it and I was assigned to Dessert Now, Dinner Later! Amber has a ton of delicious dessert recipes, but unfortunately I decided to try grain free again at the beginning of this year. I didn’t want to completely change one of her recipes, so I picked one of her main dishes.
I chose her recipe for Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs. I love love love Ikea and have always wanted to try their meatball dinner. I don’t know how close this comes to the actual meal at Ikea, but it is so good anyway!
To make these grain free, I used almond flour in place of the breadcrumbs and the flour and then I served them over mashed potatoes/cauliflower. So so so good, you must put this on your next meal plan!
{copycat} IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs


    For the Meatballs:
  • 3/4 cup Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs (sub almond flour if grain free)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup onion, minced or small dice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 16 oz ground beef
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg white, beaten
  • For the Sauce:
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (sub almond flour if grain free)
  • 3 cups low sodium beef broth (or bouillon+water to equal 3 cups)
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dried Parsley
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400*F. Add bread crumbs to a large bowl. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter; add onion, garlic, allspice, 1 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper; cook until onion is tender.
  2. Whisk in milk & Worcestershire sauce & bring to a simmer.
  3. Pour mixture over the breadcrumbs & stir to make a thick paste; allow to cool, then mix in the ground beef, egg & egg white with a fork until well combined.
  4. Place foil on a large baking sheet & coat with pan spray. Roll the meat into 1-inch balls & place close, but not touching on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 400*F for 15-20 min or until cooked through to centers.
  6. Start your gravy: melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth, whisk in beef broth & Worcestershire sauce; bring to a simmer.
  7. Whisk in cream & dried parsley; add the cooked meatballs. Reduce heat to medium low & simmer about 10 minutes.
If you love the store version, make your own at home! You'll love them for dinner or as a party appetizer.
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  1. This looks so delicious! I am in love with IKEA food (I know this is a sad statement of a food blogger, but I can’t help myself)!
    Great job on January’s SRS! Definitely makes me want to try both versions – yours and the original 🙂

  2. Hello! Looks like you got me for the surprise recipe swap! That’s so cool you can make this dish grain free. Way to go! Glad you liked it!

  3. I love meatballs! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! Looks fabulous 🙂

  4. Having never been to an Ikea, I thought it was a furniture store but you’re not the first one I’ve seen do a Ikea swedish meatball. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ohhh these look delicious! I love Swedish meatballs and always get them at Ikea! I’ve always wanted to try making them at home, I’ll have to give them a try!

  6. My whole family loves Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry sauce. I never made them from scratch so this will be a treat.

  7. Looks delicious!! I’m stopping by from Couponing & Cooking blog hop.

  8. Ohhhh you have no idea how much I LOVE little meatballs; these are right up my alley. YUM!

  9. I had the Ikea meatballs for the first time this past year when I was traveling (we don’t have Ikea in our area) and this looks pretty close to them! Looks like total comfort food! Thank you for linking up to the Weekend Kitchen Party…I hope you’ll come back and link up another recipe this weekend.


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