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IKEA Meatballs Recipe: Recreate These Famous Meatballs From Scratch In The Comfort Of Your Kitchen

17th April 2020
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IKEA meatballs recipe for beginners to follow

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Meatballs presentation

I’m sure I’m not the only one guilty of travelling to the ulu IKEA outlets for their food instead of furniture. Slathered in a creamy gravy with a side of refreshing lingonberry sauce, IKEA’s meatballs never fail to brighten my day. As always, scroll down for the full recipe below.

The process

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Chopping onions

Start by finely chopping up half an onion. 

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Sweating onions

Sweat the onions on a pan at low heat. This process removes the moisture from the onions and makes them sweeter and softer.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Onions on spatula

The onions are ready when they are translucent. Put them aside while you prepare the other fillings of the meatball.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Mixing egg and other ingredients

Mix breadcrumbs, eggs and milk in a mixing bowl. 

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Put meat into mixing bowl

Add in the onions, minced beef and pork to the mixing bowl. Feel free to substitute pork with chicken or additional beef. Mix everything up, and don’t be afraid to get down and dirty with your hands. 

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Addition of salt

Season the meat mix with salt and black pepper.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Addition of Allspice

For an added touch, a pinch of allspice will do the trick.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Wrap meat mix

Wrap the entire mixing bowl in cling wrap and pop it into the refrigerator for 30 minutes. This gives time for the meat to relax properly and absorb all of the spices. 

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Roll meatballs

After a good 30 minutes, take the meat mix out of the refrigerator and shape them into cute lil’ balls by hand.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Meatball glaze

Prepare a glaze by combining melted butter and a pinch of allspice. The glaze gives the meatballs a nice golden brown hue after the baking process, and ensures they won’t stick to the tray.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Glazing of meatballs

Neatly glaze the top of the meatballs and the surface of the baking tray. 

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Place meatballs in oven

Pop them into a preheated oven at 220 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Butter on spatula

To prepare the gravy, start by adding butter to a pan on low heat.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Addition of flour

Once the butter has melted, add all-purpose flour.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Mixed flour on spatula

The resulting mixture of butter and flour, also known as a roux, should possess a doughy texture.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Soya sauce pouring

Add beef stock into the roux and turn up the heat to medium-high.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Addition of cream

Once the mixture starts to boil and thicken, lower the heat. Add in heavy cream, followed by soy sauce.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Mixed cream on spatula

A neat trick to find out whether the mixture is thick enough is if it coats your spatula nicely. If it does, it’s good to go.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Addition of chilli powder

Finally, season with salt, pepper and chilli powder.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Addition of sugar

As lingonberries are not easily found in Singapore, we made do with cranberry sauce. To prepare the cranberry sauce, pour water into a heated pan. Once the water starts to boil, add sugar.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Cranberries

Once all the sugar has melted, add the cranberries. Smash some of the cranberries to give the sauce a varied texture.

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Pouring of gravy on meatballs

Plate the meatballs on a clean plate, with a dollop of cranberry sauce at the side. To serve, pour the luxurious gravy all over the meatballs. 

IKEA Meatballs recipe - Meatballs final presentation

With simple ingredients easily found in many supermarkets, this IKEA meatballs recipe would be good to whip up for your fam during this stay-home season. During this trying time, it’s of utmost importance to keep our spirits high, and good food certainly helps. For more ideas on what to prepare at home, check out our coriander butter cake recipe and Dalgona Speculoos mIlk recipe

IKEA meatballs recipe

Yield: Serves 5 (40 meatballs)

Cooking time: 60 minutes 


250g minced beef
250g minced pork
2 eggs
Half an onion, minced
60g breadcrumbs
70g butter
1½ tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
¼ tsp allspice
30ml milk

Cranberry sauce :

100g cranberries
50g water
50g sugar


200ml beef stock
30ml soy sauce
Salt to taste
1 tsp pepper
25g all-purpose flour
25g butter
1 tsp chilli powder
100ml whipping cream


1) In a saucepan on low heat, gently sweat the onions in butter until they turn clear and translucent. Set them aside to rest. 

2) Mix the breadcrumbs, eggs and milk in a mixing bowl.

3) Add the rest of the ingredients, namely minced beef, minced pork, onions, allspice, salt and pepper. Mix everything thoroughly and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4) After refrigerating, roll the meatballs into the size of a tablespoon.

5) Prepare a glaze by combining melted butter and a pinch of allspice. Glaze the meatballs and the baking tray.

6) Bake the meatballs in a preheated oven for 20 mins at 220 degrees Celsius or until they are browned.

7) To prepare the gravy, heat a pot on low heat and add butter. Once the butter has melted, add the flour and mix them together. When the flour and butter mixture starts to develop a nutty aroma, which should be about five minutes in, add the beef stock. 

8) Add soy sauce, whipping cream, chilli powder, salt and pepper.

9) When the sauce has reduced to half, remove the pan from the stove. 

10) To prepare the cranberry sauce, start by boiling water in a saucepan. Add sugar when the water starts to boil and stir occasionally until it thickens. Add in the cranberries while stirring and gently pressing them. 

11) Continue cooking the mixture for around 10 minutes. Remove from heat when the mixture has been reduced into a thick jam. 

12) Plate the meatballs and place a dollop of cranberry sauce at the side. To serve, pour the luxurious gravy all over the meatballs. 

Photos taken by Clark Tan.

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