Swedish Meatballs

Have you heard? Ikea has shared the recipe for their iconic Swedish meatballs. The retail chain is closed due to the corona crisis and wants to make staying at home more fun and easier for everyone.

We thought this was a great initiative and started working on the recipe ourselves. We have slightly modified the recipe to make it suitable for a low-carbohydrate and keto diet.

For example, in the original recipe, breadcrumbs are used for the balls. We replaced this with coconut flour. Furthermore, we omitted the flour in the sauce and cooked the sauce a little longer to thicken it well. The meatballs turned out well. They are nice and tender and have a delicious rich taste because of the cream sauce.

I like them a bit better than the balls from Ikea. In addition, a serving of 5 meatballs contains only 2.7 g of carbohydrates. Definitely worth a try!

Tips: You can serve these low-carb Swedish meatballs with some cauliflower puree or a fresh salad. It is also nice to cook some vegetables with it, such as broccoli or green beans. The balls can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days after baking.

You can keep them longer by freezing them.

I hope you like it! Check out our other low-carb dinner recipes for more inspiration.



300 gr lean ground beef

1 small egg

2 tbsp finely chopped onion

25 ml whipped cream

1 tbsp coconut flour

1 tbsp dried parsley

1/2 tsp garlic

powder pinch of nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp butter

Cream sauce:

150 ml unsalted beef stock

75 ml whipped cream

35 gr cream cheese

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tbsp mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method

In a large bowl, use a spatula to mix the minced meat with the finely chopped onion, whipped cream, coconut flour, herbs and the egg. Then mix well again with your hands and form 15 small meatballs from the minced meat. Melt the butter in a large skillet and carefully add the meatballs.

Bake the meatballs over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Stir them occasionally while baking so that they cook evenly. Remove the meatballs from the pan and temporarily place them on a plate. Heat the cream cheese in the microwave or in a small saucepan for 1 minute. Add half of the beef stock to the pan with the meatball gravy and heat over medium heat.

Add the melted cream cheese and whipped cream while stirring and cook for a minute. Pour the sauce from the pan into a blender and add the rest of the beef stock.

Turn the blender on briefly until the sauce is well blended. Pour the sauce back into the pan and add the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer over low heat for 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened to your liking.

Heat the meatballs briefly in a separate pan and divide between two plates. Serve the meatballs with the cream sauce and garnish with parsley. Enjoy your meal!

Nutritional values

Serving Size: 5 Meatballs

Calories: 388

Fat: 32.0

Carbs: 2.7

Protein: 22.8

Prep time: 15

Cooking time: 25

Total time: 40

Servings: 15 meatballs

Category: Main course

Cuisine: Swedish

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