IKEA shares recipe for its famous meat balls to make at home (2024)

  • IKEA has shared the recipe for their famous Swedish meatballs to make at home
  • In true IKEA fashion, they have written a pictured step-by-step guide to help
  • Swedish furniture giant closed all of its 22 UK store last month, but some food halls have reopened to the vulnerable and for key workers

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People across the country are missing dishes from their favourite restaurants and cafes as this UK enters its fourth week of lockdown.

Dozens of high street favourites, including McDonald's, Greggs and Pizza Express have shared their top secret recipes so food fans can recreate their popular dishes at home.

And now IKEA has jumped on the bandwagon to release the the DIY method for their famous meatballs.

Revealing how people can recreate the much-loved dish in six simple steps, IKEA is challenging fans to make some delicious meatballs themselves, a feat which is usually left for their furniture.

IKEA has shared the method to make their famous meatballs at home, as their stores close amid the coronavirus pandemic

The Swedish staple, a popular choice for those visiting the cafe of the furniture giant, are usually served hot, but are also available frozen in the Swedish Food Market.

While all of their 22 UK stores shut at the start of the lockdown, some of their food markets have re-opened to key workers, vulnerable customers and co-workers, giving them the opportunity to purchase essential food items.

The car parks of its Wembley and Gateshead stores have transformed into drive-through testing centres for NHS staff.

Here, they tell FEMAIL the simple method for making the dish at home.

How to make Ikeas meatballs at home

Makes 16 – 20


For the meatballs

· 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

For the 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


For the meatballs

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.

Swedish cream sauce

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. 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.

6. When ready to eat, serve with your favourite potatoes – either creamy mash or mini new boiled potatoes. Enjoy!

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In true IKEA style, the Swedish furniture giant also shared a pictured step-by-step guide to making the iconic dish

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