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Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Real deal Swedish meatballs, just like in Sweden.
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: Swedish
Keyword: meatballs, swedish meatballs
Servings: 4
Calories: 580kcal


  • 2-4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 medium onion finely diced, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Cream Sauce

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large non-stick frying pan and sauté the onions. When the onions are soft and translucent, move the pan off the heat and allow the onions to cool.
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  • Combine pork, beef, eggs, panko, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a large bowl. When the onions are slightly cooled, add to the mix then use your hands to mix everything throughly.
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  • Shape into 1 inch meatballs, being sure to tightly roll them around so they keep their round shape. Place meatballs on a plate or tray.
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  • Over medium heat, melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter in the same pan that you cooked the onions in. When hot, add meatballs to the pan, cooking in batches without overcrowding. Immediately shake the pan as you add a batch of meatballs to ensure the balls roll around and maintain their meatball shape.
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  • Fry, shaking the pan every so often, until meatballs are golden brown and cooked through. Remove the meatballs from the pan as they cook.
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  • When all the meatballs are cooked, make the sauce: Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Sprinkle on the flour, whisk and cook for 1-2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the beef stock and cream and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce starts to thicken. Taste and season with salt, pepper, and soy sauce if using.
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  • Serve the meatballs with the cream sauce, cucumbers, and lingonberry jam.
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adapted from Swedish Food and Say It in Swedish
If you don’t mind slightly flattened meatballs, just let the meatballs sear, no shaking needed.
Makes about 40 meatballs, roughly 10 per person.
Estimated nutrition is for meatballs and sauce only.


Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.6g | Protein: 70.4g | Fat: 24.5g | Saturated Fat: 11.5g | Cholesterol: 295mg | Sodium: 1193mg | Potassium: 1071mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 2.3g