Swedish Meatballs


Let me ask you this…after “super cheap furniture that you can assemble yourself” as a reason why people love IKEA, what is the next top answer?

Obviously it’s the meatballs! (or the food, in general) Those suckers can get my kids, who hate IKEA, to get excited about going. They suffer through the maze of knick knacks until we get to the restaurant and then chow down on meatballs.

Since I have no idea what they actually put into their meatballs, they are pretty much off limits to me so I have to work with what I’ve got…. a hankerin’ for swedish meatballs and the ability to create something similar (or, dare I say, better?).

I’ve got to be all big headed here for a second and say that these meatballs were so full of win. Adam said they were way better than IKEA meatballs. I did not get that on video or anything so you’ll just have to believe me. Or make them yourself and comment about how much better than IKEA meatballs these are. Yeah, you should probably do that!

Swedish Meatballs


3 pounds ground meat (a combination of beef and pork is great but anything you choose to use will work)

1/2 onion, minced

2 teaspoons garlic

1 tablespoon parsley

1 egg

1/4 cup almond meal

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons tapioca starch

3 cups beef broth

1/4 cup coconut milk

salt and pepper

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon all spice


Combine ground meat, onions, garlic, parsley, egg, almond meal, and some salt & pepper in a large bowl. Form into 1″ diameter meatballs.

In a large frying pan, heat coconut oil. Cook the meatballs (in batches, if necessary) and remove from pan.

Add tapioca starch to the pan and whisk until it’s dissolved. Pour in beef broth and bring to a boil. Let the mixture thicken slightly. Stir in coconut milk, nutmeg, all spice, and salt & pepper. Reduce heat and thicken until it just coats the back of a spoon. Pour meatballs back into the pan, stir to cover them in the sauce, and serve.

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8 Responses to Swedish Meatballs

  1. nicole says:

    is there any thing hat can be used in place of tapioca starch?

  2. Tara, this was just awesome! I’m not always a fan of meatballs, but I LOVE swedish meatballs, and I love Ikea’s meatballs. This tasted great! I used 2 lbs ground beef, and I served them with mashed celery root. I used arrowroot powder to thicken it, it works just fine and doesn’t add any flavour. No on left a drop on their plates. (And then I grabbed a spoon and ate the rest of the sauce in the bottom of the frypan–ok, I have “gravy issues”–pre-paleo, I was someone who would eat gravy with sliced bread, but that’s another story…) Excellent recipe!

  3. Alyson says:

    This sounds awesome, and I love your blog. Do you think I could do this in the slow cooker?

  4. Margaret says:

    Hi, my boyfriend has a nut allergy and I have a gluten problem. What would you recommend to replace the almond flour with?


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