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Better Than IKEA Swedish Meatballs!

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IKEA Swedish Meatballs debuted in physical stores in the 1980’s and quickly became one of the most, if not THE most, popular item on the menu. While we aren’t privy to the actual recipe, we personally think these are Better Than IKEA Swedish Meatballs! 🙂

Why does IKEA even serve Swedish Meatballs?

According to this article, founder Ingvar Kamprad stated that, “It’s difficult to do business with someone on an empty stomach.” So, he decided that IKEA needed to offer food to their shoppers. Swedish food (of course) at budget-friendly prices. And that’s exactly what he did.

Better Than IKEA Swedish Meatballs! Hero Shot

Let’s make meatballs!

Obviously, the meatball is the star of this show and you can find my detailed post on meatballs here! In a pinch, though not quite as tasty, you could also use store-bought frozen meatballs.

Basic Meatballs

But there’s more to Swedish Meatballs than that. We need to make an amazing sauce (and some butter noodles) to serve with them.

How do I make Better Than IKEA Swedish Meatballs?

First, melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat.

Melting butter in a skillet

Add all purpose flour and whisk to combine.

Creating a roux with flour

Add beef broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. You could use vegetable broth, but beef broth is preferred in this recipe if you have it.

Adding broth to the roux

Cook for a few minutes and it should look something like this.

Continue to cook until it darkens a bit in color and when you run a spatula across the pan, you can do this.

Showing the thickness of the sauce in the skillet

Toss the meatballs and parsley into the finished sauce.

Meatballs in the Better Than IKEA Swedish Meatballs

Cook just until the meatballs are warmed through.

Meatballs tossed in sauce

While this is happening, take this opportunity to cook your butter noodles. Or, you may prefer mashed potatoes which is also acceptable.

Egg noodles

Serve the meatballs over the noodles with some of the sauce. Garnish with parsley. At IKEA this meal is served with Lingonberry Jam but here in the U.S., feel free to substitute with Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce.

Ladeling sauce over meatballs and noodles

Our family really enjoyed this recipe. I hope you give it a try! 🙂

Cutting into a meatball for Better Than IKEA Swedish Meatballs!

One last bite shot. Are you drooling yet?

Swedish meatball on a fork

Did you make my recipe for Better Than IKEA Swedish Meatballs? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought. You can also tag me on Instagram @aimee_stock. I always love seeing what you come up with!

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Better Than IKEA Swedish Meatballs!

Better Than IKEA Swedish Meatballs!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Meatballs
Servings: 4 servings
Author: aimeestock


  • Non-Stick Skillet



  • 1 batch BASIC MEATBALL RECIPE (see link in blog post)


  • 4 tbsp Butter or Margarine
  • 1/2 c All Purpose Flour
  • 3 to 4 c Beef Broth you could also use Vegetable Broth
  • 3/4 c Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp Parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • 4 c Egg Noodles


  • Parsley


  • To make the gravy, melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add flour and whisk to combine, cooking for just a minute or so. Doing this removes that raw flour taste.
  • Slowly add beef broth, whisking to combine and remove any lumps. This takes a few minutes to achieve.
  • Next, add the sour cream and whisk to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Cook until slightly thickened and add parsley.
  • Add previously prepared meatballs to the sauce to warm through. Alternately, you could also make this recipe with store-bought frozen meatballs, but ours are tastier 🙂
  • Serve over cooked egg noodles (or mashed potatoes).


NOTE: If you can find it, this recipe is traditionally served with Lingonberry Jam, or in its place, why not try Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce?

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