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Keto-Friendly Swedish Meatballs Based on IKEA’s Official Recipe

IKEA Inspired Keto Swedish Meatballs

yield: 5 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

cook time: 50 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES

Ingredients

Swedish Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Swedish Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2

In a large bowl, add all the ingredients together for the meatballs and mix. I like to use my hands to make sure everything gets fully incorporated. Divide meatball mixture out into about 1" meatballs. I was able to get 25 out of one batch.


Tip - I recommend letting the meatballs chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours so they don’t fall apart while cooking.

3

Place a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add 4 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, place meatballs in the skillet to sear on all sides. It should take about 1 minute to sear each side. After all the sides have seared, place meatballs on the lined baking sheet, and put in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.

4

While meatballs are in the oven, drain the cast-iron skillet of any leftover grease and then use the same skillet for the sauce. Over low-medium heat, add butter and xanthan gum and whisk until it has reached a slow simmer.

5

Add in beef and vegetable stock and whisk for about 2 minutes. Then add in coconut aminos and ground mustard.

6

Slowly add in the heavy cream while whisking and let simmer for 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken, but if it is too thick, you can add an extra tablespoon of stock to thin it out.

7

Plate meatballs on a platter and pour the sauce over top. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 25 meatballs, Serving Size: 5 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 647, Total Carbohydrates: 3g, Fiber: 0g, Sugar Alcohols: 0g, Net Carbohydrates: 3g, Total Fat: 52g, Protein: 35g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.
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Missing the famous IKEA Swedish meatballs?  

Well, guess what?! IKEA released its secret recipe for their famous Swedish meatballs – however, we noticed quickly that they’re unfortunately not keto-friendly. Bummer!

But with a few tweaks in the recipe, we’ve made our own keto Swedish meatballs version (& accompanying sauce!) that are so delicious, you won’t even be able to tell the difference from the original!

plate of keto Ikea meatballs

Hip Recipe Tips:

    • Make sure after you have formed the Swedish meatballs, you let them chill for 2 hours so they don’t fall apart while cooking. You could even make them the day before to save time.
    • I’m a fan of cast iron so I seared the meatballs in the pan, then made the famous sauce in the same pan after to really get that deep, delicious flavor.
    • You can serve as an appetizer or alongside some delicious keto veggies. I also think these would be yummy served on top of our keto mashed “potatoes”.

putting ingredients in keto meatballs

meatballs in a skillet

close up of IKEA keto meatballs on white platter


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IKEA Inspired Keto Swedish Meatballs

yield: 5 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

cook time: 50 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES

Flavorful meatballs complete with a rich sauce, based on IKEA's official Swedish Meatballs recipe.

Ingredients

Swedish Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Swedish Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cup beef stock
  • 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2

In a large bowl, add all the ingredients together for the meatballs and mix. I like to use my hands to make sure everything gets fully incorporated. Divide meatball mixture out into about 1" meatballs. I was able to get 25 out of one batch.


Tip - I recommend letting the meatballs chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours so they don’t fall apart while cooking.

3

Place a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add 4 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, place meatballs in the skillet to sear on all sides. It should take about 1 minute to sear each side. After all the sides have seared, place meatballs on the lined baking sheet, and put in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.

4

While meatballs are in the oven, drain the cast-iron skillet of any leftover grease and then use the same skillet for the sauce. Over low-medium heat, add butter and xanthan gum and whisk until it has reached a slow simmer.

5

Add in beef and vegetable stock and whisk for about 2 minutes. Then add in coconut aminos and ground mustard.

6

Slowly add in the heavy cream while whisking and let simmer for 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken, but if it is too thick, you can add an extra tablespoon of stock to thin it out.

7

Plate meatballs on a platter and pour the sauce over top. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 25 meatballs, Serving Size: 5 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 647, Total Carbohydrates: 3g, Fiber: 0g, Sugar Alcohols: 0g, Net Carbohydrates: 3g, Total Fat: 52g, Protein: 35g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

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Keto copycat success!

These keto Swedish meatballs will definitely give IKEA a run for their money, and the low-carb sauce is really the winning piece of this dish! It’s super creamy thanks to the heavy cream and butter, plus it’s got a punch of flavor from the ground mustard. I literally could just drink the sauce – it’s THAT good!

With only 3g net carbs per serving, these meatballs are the perfect keto dish. I hope you try them out yourself!


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