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Sweet Swedish Meatball Recipe

Updated on December 17, 2012

Sweet Swedish Meatballs

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Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Swedish meatballs are something that we Swedish people just love, we eat them for pretty much all the significant holidays of the year, Christmas, Swedish Midsommar and for Easter, we love our meatballs! Swedish Meatballs are very easy to do yourself and they taste delicious! It's also very cheap food, and you get a lot of food for your money. You can eat these meatballs with pretty much anything, pasta, potatoes, it will all taste good! And it's great food if you got kids, kids usually love meatballs and they're quick to make.

Let's make some Swedish Meatballs!

Meatballs from Sweden

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4 portions


  • 500 grams ground beef or pork
  • 1 dl breadcrumbs
  • 1,5 dl milk
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 2 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion fried or raw or chopped red onion fried or raw chopped onion fried or raw or chopped red onion fried or raw

How to make the Swedish Meatballs

  1. Mix breadcrumbs and milk in a bowl. Allow it to stand for at least 10 minutes to swell. Add salt and add the ground meat and mix thoroughly. Add the pepper, egg and onion and stir to mix thoroughly. (Do not mix too long because then the mixture gets to thick)
  2. Take out a cutting board and rinse it with water and put it on the workbench. Roll the ground meat with your hands into round balls and place them on the cutting board. Rinse your hands well in water occasionally, then the meatballs gets round and sweet.
  3. Turn on the frying pan, add butter and let the butter get light brown in the pan. Add some of the meatballs, no more than that they have room to roll around when you shake the pan. Shake the pan occasionally so that they get a frying surface all around. When the meatballs got a browning lower the heat and cook for 3-5 minutes (without a lid). The time depends on the size of the meatball. Place the meatballs on a platter. Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the meatballs. Serve meatballs with a sauce and with boiled potatoes, steamed broccoli and lingonberry jam. That's how the true Swede eats them! Enjoy or as we say in Sweden, Hoppas det smakar!

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      Jonas 5 years ago from Sweden

      Hehe yeah, that dosent sound that easy :) and janssons frestelse is a must on the julbord so you did not fail :D

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      Michael Murchie 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      I wish I had found your recipe before committing to cooking this year's Julbord! There is nothing worse than an Englishman (me)! trying to cook Swedish food for a Swesdish family...

      Having said that, the Janssons Frestelse was nice even if my meatballs were a bit, how would you say, bouncy :)

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      Jonas 5 years ago from Sweden

      Just have the jam beside the meatballs, and eat it all toghter :)

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      Sounds good! I even have some lingonberry jam-- do you add that to the sauce? or put it on bread?

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      This looks good but I have never tried Swedish meatballs! Will have to give it a try soon!