IKEA unveils the secret behind its iconic meatballs: Here's the recipe

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.01 - 2023 8:29 PM CET

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Ikea released its famous meatball recipe

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IKEA, the Swedish furniture giant, has decided to share the recipe for its iconic Swedish meatballs. The move comes as a delight to fans who have long wondered how to recreate the dish at home.

The recipe, which was posted on Twitter, includes a list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions. It requires beef, pork, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, salt, and pepper for the meatballs. For the cream sauce, you'll need oil, butter, flour, vegetable stock, beef stock, thick double cream, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard.

IKEA's meatballs have been a staple in their restaurants for years, attracting customers who come just for the food. The company sells around one billion meatballs each year, making it one of their most popular items.

The decision to share the recipe was met with excitement on social media, with many users expressing their eagerness to try making the dish themselves. Some even shared their own variations and tips for perfecting the meatballs.

While IKEA's furniture is designed for self-assembly, their meatballs have always been a ready-to-eat treat. Now, with the release of the recipe, fans can enjoy assembling their own meatballs at home, adding a culinary twist to the IKEA experience.

IKEA's Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients for Meatballs:

  • 500g ground beef

  • 250g ground pork

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

  • 100g breadcrumbs

  • 1 egg

  • 5 tablespoons of milk

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Cream Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon oil

  • 40g butter

  • 40g plain flour

  • 150ml vegetable stock

  • 150ml beef stock

  • 150ml thick double cream

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


For Meatballs:
  1. Combine beef and pork in a bowl and break it up into small pieces.

  2. Add finely chopped onion and garlic to the meat mixture.

  3. Add breadcrumbs and mix well.

  4. Add the egg and milk to the mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Form the mixture into small, round balls.

  6. Heat a pan over medium heat, add a small amount of oil, and cook the meatballs until they are browned on all sides and cooked through.

For Cream Sauce:
  1. Melt 40g of butter in a pan.

  2. Whisk in 40g of plain flour and stir for two minutes.

  3. Add 150ml of vegetable stock and 150ml of beef stock, continuously stirring.

  4. Add 150ml of double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard.

  5. Bring it to a simmer until the sauce thickens.

Serve the meatballs hot with the cream sauce. Enjoy your homemade IKEA Swedish meatballs!