Copycat Ikea Swedish Meatballs Using Ikea’s Own Recipes

Ikea Swedish Meatball With Cream Recipe

These recipes are the actual recipes that Ikea released to the public at the start of the 2020 Covid pandemic.  They provided the recipes when everything shut down so that customers could get their “Ikea meatball fix”.

Ikea released two recipes.  One recipe was posted on Twitter and other was posted on their website.  The recipe posted on their website is no longer available, but can be found by searching archives.

If you’re looking for the copycat recipe for Ikea’s plant ball Swedish meatball recipe, it can be found here.

The notable difference between the two recipes is that the Twitter recipe was more of a standard meatball recipe, lacking several of the traditional Swedish meatball ingredients.  It was missing the butter, potatoes, heavy cream, rusk flour, and allspice.

Even the recipe for the sauce was different.  See the photos below for comparison.  The sauce recipe is available at the bottom of this post.

Ikea Meatballs Twitter Recipe

The recipe posted on their website (which is closer to a traditional Swedish meatball recipe) is further below.

Here’s the image that Ikea shared  on Twitter:

Ikea Twitter Meatball Recipe

Ikea Twitter Meatball Recipe

IKEA Meatballs Ingredients (Twitter Recipe)

Serves 4

  • 1.1 pounds of ground beef
  • 0.6 pounds of ground pork
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
  • 3 1/2 ounces of breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ikea Meatballs Website Recipe

Here is a picture of the recipe that was posted to Ikea’s website.  It has since been removed.

Ikea Swedish Meatball Recipe

Ikea Swedish Meatball Recipe


IKEA Meatballs Ingredients (Website Recipe)

This recipe is much more like a traditional Swedish meatball recipe than the one Ikea posted on Twitter.  This recipe includes the potatoes, allspice, and rusk flour found in a traditional recipe.

Serves 4

  • 3/4 pounds of ground beef
  • 3/4 pounds of ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 6-8 Tbsp of cream and water
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp onion finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 ounces of rusk flour (very fine breadcrumbs)
  • 2 boiled potatoes (mashed and cold)
  • 4-5 Tbsp butter
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • Allspice

Swedish Meatball Sauce Recipe

This is the basic Swedish meatball sauce recipe provide by Ikea.  Substitute as needed.

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2/3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cups beef stock
  • 2/3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt – to taste

Did Ikea Really Give Away Their Famous Meatball Recipe?

It’s unlikely they would give away their full recipe for their most popular restaurant dish, but the meatball recipe that was originally on their website is probably the closest.

Having said that, the sauce recipe Ikea provided on Twitter has a much more flavorful list of ingredients.

So perhaps the secret to creating copycat Ikea meatballs is  a combination of the two separate recipes.


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