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    Best Swedish meatballs – a delicious dish with tender and juicy homemade meatballs served with a rich and creamy sauce over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. A classic comfort food your whole family will love.

    Swedish Meatballs

    Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe

    I am all about easy and delicious weeknight meals, especially during the summer when you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time making memories with your family.

    Swedish meatballs are such a classic and delicious family meal! They are easy to prep and take less than 30 minutes to cook. And are made in one skillet which means fewer dishes to clean.

    I also love that you can make a huge batch of meatballs (by either doubling or tripling this recipe), and freeze the cooked meatballs for busy days.

    Swedish Meatball recipe

    Healthy Meatballs (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

    You can make these Swedish meatballs gluten-free by using gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond meal and arrowroot starch instead of flour. They are also Paleo- and Whole30-friendly if you use coconut cream instead of heavy cream, and Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard that are Paleo/Whole30 compliant.

    Swedish meatball sauce

    How To Make Swedish Meatballs

    Swedish meatballs are made with a handful of ingredients – beef and pork, as well as breadcrumbs, egg, onion, allspice, nutmeg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. I also add some fresh chopped parsley for flavor but you can omit it if you don’t have any.

    Stir the meatball mixture until well combined and use clean hands to roll the mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in size. Cook them on all sides in a large skillet and let them rest while you prepare the meatball sauce.

    The creamy gravy sauce is what makes these beef and pork meatballs incredible. It’s made with butter, flour, beef stock, and heavy cream. I also add a little bit of Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard – they add such an amazing flavor!

    The meatballs are great served over mashed potatoes or egg noodles for a main course or served as individual appetizers with a Swedish meatball sauce.

    Swedish meatballs recipe

    Swedish Meatball Sauce

    And that sauce is heavenly – you can’t forget about that creamy and delicious gravy that these meatballs are smothered in. The browned up meatball bits left in the pan really add so much flavor to this Swedish meatball sauce. Make sure you make enough because you will want to gobble it up. If you happen to have any leftover, you can make sheet pan chicken and roasted potatoes, and add some of the brown sauce when serving.

    beef and pork meatballs

    What To Serve With Swedish Meatballs

    Usually, authentic Swedish meatballs are served with Lingonberry jam. If you can’t find it, you can substitute it with raspberry jam or red currant jelly. The American version of Swedish meatballs is served with a creamy gravy. For a complete main course, serve the meatballs over mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, egg noodles or zucchini noodles, or with roasted potatoes.

    easy swedish meatballs

    Can You Freeze Them

    Yes, absolutely! You can cook and freeze the meatballs in a freezer safe container for up to 6 months. Freeze the meatball sauce separately in a freezer safe container or divide in ice-tray forms until they are frozen and then move gravy cubes to a ziplock bag.

    To defrost the meatballs, place them in the refrigerator the day before you plan to serve them. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet or in a baking dish, and reheat them in the oven at 300 F. Cover them with foil to prevent drying and heat until warmed through.

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    Swedish Meatballs

    Best Swedish meatballs – a delicious dish with tender and juicy homemade meatballs served with a rich and creamy sauce over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. A classic comfort food your whole family will love.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes
    Servings 30 meatballs
    Calories 102kcal


    Swedish Meatballs Gravy


    Swedish Meatballs

    • In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, grated onion, breadcrumbs, egg, chopped parsley, and spices. Mix until combined. Using a 1″ cookie scoop form and roll meatballs between the palms of your hands.
    • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook turning continuously until brown on each side and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Work in batches to not overcrowd the pan.

    Swedish Meatballs Gravy

    • Add 3 Tbsp butter to the skillet over medium heat. Slowly whisk in 3 Tbsp of flour. Continue to stir, allowing the flour mixture to cook several minutes until the roux is light brown in color. 
    • Slowly pour the beef stock and the heavy cream, stirring constantly. Add Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard, and continue to stir until the meatball sauce is smooth and silky. 
    • Return the cooked meatballs to the sauce and cook on low heat for a couple of minutes to warm the meatballs through.
    • Serve over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. Or serve individual Swedish meatballs dipped in gravy as an appetizer.


    Baked Swedish Meatballs

    You can also bake the meatballs in the oven at 400 F for about 30 minutes. 


    Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Appetizer, Main Course
    Cuisine Swedish
    Keyword Gluten Free, Paleo, Swedish Meatballs, Whole30
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    Jennifer Burkhart

    5 stars
    Loved this so much, however as I was cooking I never saw where to add the Dijon and Worcestershire Sauce…. So…… I just added.


    Can ground turkey or chicken be used in place of the pork?

    Lola Osinkolu

    5 stars
    My family loves meatballs. Can’t wait for them to try out this one!

    Luna Regina

    5 stars
    The gravy looks rich and irresistible! I’m impressed how quick and easy the recipe is. My family will probably think I spend the whole day in the kitchen making it, haha. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe, Neli. I love it a lot! <3

    Amanda Wren-Grimwood

    5 stars
    That gravy looks amazing and I like the idea of freezing the meatballs too. Delicious!


    5 stars
    I grew up with Swedish Meatballs a staple at our house, but I haven’t thought about them for years. Thanks for bringing to mind an old favorite. I’ll make them soon!

    Jacqueline Debono

    5 stars
    I have never made Swedish meatballs, but have eaten them at Ikea! Definitely going to make them now that I have such a delicious sounding recipe. That sauce looks scrumptious!

    Andrea Metlika

    5 stars
    I’ve just learned something here. I never knew to eat these two delicious things together. Definitely trying this.


    5 stars
    Wow. Made these the other night and they taste amazing. Super easy to make. The flavors were so good!!! Highly recommend making this.

    Mahy Elamin

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! I cannot wait to try it! I have been looking for a recipe to make them:-).

    Chrissie Baker

    5 stars
    Oh. My. GOSH. This is my husband’s new favorite! It was so good, and I’ve tried countless recipes for Swedish meatballs. Thanks for this one!

    Mary Bostow

    5 stars
    Can you just move in with me? HA! All your recipes are divine!!!


    5 stars
    I love meatballs! Never have tried a Swedish version before, but these sure look and sound so delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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