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meatballs with gravy in a pan

Swedish Meatballs (Better than Ikea)

If you love the Ikea Swedish Meatballs, this recipe is for you! These Swedish Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food. Both adults and kids will love this recipe.
Course Meats
Cuisine Italian
Keyword gravy meatballs, meatball gravy, swedish meatballs
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 388kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin




  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • 1/4 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 tbsp Beef Better Than Bouillon
  • 2 Garlic Cloves



  • Combine ground meat, bread crumbs, grated onion, egg and salt & pepper. Work the meat with your hands until well mixed.
    all the ingredients for the Swedish meatballs in a bowl
  • Out of prepared meat, roll out equal-sized meatballs. Use an ice cream scoop to make sure your portions stay consistent.
    formed meatballs on a plate
  • Preheat a skillet with a few tablespoons of light olive oil. Pop your raw meatballs on the skillet. To turn the meatballs, lift up the skillet and shake it from side to side. This will help your meatballs keep their round shape.
    fried meatballs on a skillet
  • Remove meatballs and set the skillet aside.
    meatballs and gravy ingredients


  • Add butter to the same skillet you friend the meatballs in. Once butter is melted, add flour to the butter and stir until well combined.
    flour and butter on a skillet
  • Slowly whisk in water into the flour mixture. Then, whisk in whipping cream, followed by the broth concentrate.
    gravy in a skillet
  • Press garlic into the cream.
    gravy in a pan
  • Add your meatballs in. Let them simmer for 2-3 minutes and serve over mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta.
    meatballs with gravy in a pan


Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 869mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2.4mg