How to make... IKEA Meatballs

The Swedish furniture legends have released the recipe for their famous meatballs...

By Manchester's Finest | 21 April 2020

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I try not to visit Ikea much. First of all there are always too many kids – and I hate kids. Second of all I end up spending about £500 more than what I should have (and can afford).

When I do visit though I always make a stop off at the restaurant (who doesn’t!?) to grab some meatballs, that Diam cake and a couple of Swedish ciders – followed by a hot dog on the way out.

With all of the Ikea stores closed, they’ve released the recipe for their famous meatballs and cream sauce so you can make them at home. Tack!

Ingredients for Meatballs

Makes 16 – 20

– 500g beef mince
– 250g pork mince
– 1 onion finely chopped
– 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
– 100g breadcrumbs
– 1 egg
– 5 tablespoons of whole milk
– Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Cream sauce

– Dash of oil
– 40g butter
– 40g plain flour
– 150ml vegetable stock
– 150ml beef stock
– 150ml thick double cream
– 2 teaspoons soy sauce
– 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


1. Combine beef and pork mince and mix thoroughly to break up any lumps. Add finely chopped onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg and mix. Add milk and season well with salt and pepper.

2. Shape mixture into small, round balls. Place on a clean plate, cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours (to help them hold their shape whilst cooking).

3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. When hot, gently add your meatballs and brown on all sides.

4. When browned, add to an ovenproof dish and cover. Place in a hot oven (180°C or 160°C fan) and cook for a further 30 minutes.

5. In frying pan, melt 40g of butter. Whisk in 40g of plain and continue cooking, stirring continuously, for 2 minutes, allowing the flour to cook through.

6. Add 150ml of vegetable stock and 150ml of beef stock and continue to stir. Add 150ml thick double cream, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Bring to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken. Continue to stir.