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Copycat Swedish Meatballs

Recipe By Tessa Arias
April 9th, 2014

This homemade Copycat Swedish Meatball recipe tastes just like the ones from Ikea. The savory pork and beef meatballs are coated in a rich sour cream sauce - you won't be able to get enough!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

This homemade Copycat Swedish Meatball recipe tastes just like the ones from Ikea. The savory pork and beef meatballs are coated in a rich sour cream sauce – you won’t be able to get enough!

Copycat Swedish Meatballs

Lately my life has been a series of technological disasters. Everything from my computer, iPhone, satellite TV, Netflix, my website server, my online banking, iMovie, and Photoshop have all gone awry at some point in time during the past couple of weeks. If you don’t hear from me it’s because I’ve given up on technology and gone off the grid…

Yeah right. I wouldn’t last 5 minutes. It’s hard not to become frustrated and angry when technology doesn’t work the way it’s intended to but it’s truly a viscous cycle. As technology becomes faster and more advanced, we become less and less patient with any type of delayed gratification. Every time I feel like throwing my phone across the room I have to remember how astounding it is that we humans have even managed to create all that we have in the world today, and how quickly and exponentially technology progresses. Have you seen Louis C.K.’s stand up comedy bit about how spoiled and impatient we are with technology? It’s hilariously accurate (also be warned, there is profanity).

I think many of us have adapted that same sense of urgency with numerous things in life, food included. Sure fast food gives you immediate gratification, but that gratification is short lived and shallow in comparison to when you are gratified by your own culinary creation. At least I think so! That’s partly why I love this recipe. No drive to Ikea to deal with crowds, lines, confusion, and worst of all, furniture assembly, is required to enjoy these scrumptious and rich meatballs at home. Plus I even made a video to show you exactly how to make these copycat Swedish meatballs. As a disclaimer, I am not claiming these are at all traditional or authentic Swedish meatballs. They’re simply inspired by Ikea and delicious.

Copycat Swedish Meatballs Recipe

How to make
Copycat Swedish Meatballs

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
This homemade Copycat Swedish Meatball recipe tastes just like the ones from Ikea. The savory pork and beef meatballs are coated in a rich sour cream sauce - you won't be able to get enough!


For the meatballs:

  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the gravy:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley


  1. Place the bread and milk in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Let sit until the bread has absorbed the milk, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Add the cooled onion, beef, pork, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to the bread and milk. Beat on medium speed until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. With a medium spring loaded scoop, shape the mixture into 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls. Roll the balls between your palms to smooth, wetting your hands if the mixture is sticking.
  5. Wipe the frying pan clean with a paper towel. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add half the meatballs and fry, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides and almost cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a dish and repeat with the remaining meatballs.
  6. Turn the heat to low and add the flour to the pan drippings. Whisk until lightly browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add the beef stock, whisking constantly. Continue to cook and whisk until the mixture thickens and is lump-free, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sour cream and season to taste with salt and pepper. Return the meatballs in the sauce and simmer until cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Missy M — April 9, 2014 at 5:03 am

    These look delicious! I’ll definitely be giving this a try this week. That Louis CK video was hysterical. I laughed until I cried because I could so relate to the airplane story. Thanks for an awesome way to start my day!

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      Tessa — April 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed the Louis CK video – he’s so gifted at turning common occurrences/annoyances into something way too hilarious.

  2. #
    Maggie Unzueta @ Mama Maggie’s Kitchen — April 9, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Swedish meatballs- always a crowd pleaser and so easy to make too! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Lisa — April 9, 2014 at 7:57 am

    As a swede, I think this recipie is swedish enough. No need for a disclaimer. I mean, most people use the spices, and the pork/beef/bread-proportion _they_ like.

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      Tessa — April 10, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      That’s awesome – thanks for commenting! I’ve never been lucky enough to travel to Sweden and I don’t know many swedes so I didn’t feel qualified enough to determine whether the recipe was remotely authentic.

  4. #
    Gaby — April 9, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This looks so comforting and delicious! I can’t resist a good meatball dinner!

  5. #
    mila furman — April 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I am soooo in love with your photos! This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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      Tessa — April 10, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much!! Meatballs aren’t very photogenic so I appreciate the compliment!

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    John @ Garage Gyms — April 15, 2014 at 7:39 am

    What a find. Swedish meatballs is in my top 5. I’ve gone to Ikea just to have lunch more than once, and buying their frozen meatballs isn’t anything like eating it there. This recipe will be tried. Thank you =)

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    Shannon — July 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Any suggestions on how to tweak this so the meatballs can be dairy free? I want to see if I can break those out to give to a little one with a milk allergy (without the sauce). Do you think water would work?

  8. #
    Jennifer Kreisler — January 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

    @Shannon you CAN make these dairy free. There is a product called rich whip (My grocer has it in the freezer section) You can use it like milk– or even like whipping cream. It is a great milk sub. You can also find a good quality sour cream (It may be Tofutti brand) I have found it at Trader Joes and almost every healthy grocer like Whole Foods. I made a beef stroganoff (sp) with it and it worked beautifully. Hope that helped. 🙂

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    lucile — April 4, 2018 at 9:15 am


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