Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Semi-Homemade IKEA Swedish Meatballs

Disclaimer: This is not a traditional Swedish recipe! This is my simplified version of IKEA style Swedish meatballs a.k.a köttbullar.
Remember my last posting on Swedish meatballs with cream sauce at IKEA? I wish I can go to IKEA whenever I want some of their meatballs, but sadly it's a little too far from my house. So I've decided to make them at home! I've made a few alterations to the original recipe, since I didn't have all the ingredients or time. If you want to see the original recipe, please click here. (Awesome blog, by the way.)
Instead of making meatballs from scratch I'm simply going semi-homemade and using pre-made meatballs from the frozen food section. This is basically what makes it keep it quick and easy!

Ingredients (About 2 servings...because I eat like a Viking):

Precooked meatballs (use Swedish style meatballs for best result. Kroger has them.)
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup water (replacement for beef broth, but still, it'd be better if you used beef broth)
1/2 cup milk (replacement for cream)
Salt or soy sauce


1. Heat meatballs in a saucepan. Transfer them to a plate. (Or you can just use microwave oven to save time. Heat on high power for 2 minutes, turn meatballs, and heat for an additional 1 minute. Do not overheat since they're already cooked.)
2. In the same pan, heat butter over medium heat. When the butter has melted, reduce heat and add flour. Stir well.
3. When the mixture becomes brownish, add water or broth. Keep stirring for a couple minutes.
4. Add milk. Stir well until it becomes creamy.
5. Add salt or soy sauce and stir well. Personally I prefer using soy sauce because it gives the sauce a nice brownish color. If you're using broth this may be optional.
6. Serve meatballs with sauce.

Optional: serve them with boiled or mashed potatoes. It's also a great idea to serve them with lingonberry jam (you can buy them at IKEA). You can use raspberry jam instead.

By the way, I like my sauce thick, so if you want your sauce thin, add less flour.

By the way, I accidentally burned my elbow while making the sauce...It's pretty bad. Man, I've gone through so much stuff just to eat some meatballs.


  1. Aw, your swedish meatballs looks wonderful. Thanks for the shout-out!

  2. I really like IKEA's meatball and with your sauce I am sure they will be much more delicious!

  3. @Christine@Christine's Recipes
    Thanks for dropping by! :)

    Thank you! I want to try more IKEA recipes..hehe :)

  4. Hey Ducky, these meatballs look really good!