Scandinavian Swedish Ikea Meatballs with Mash and Lingonberry Sauce

Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce

  • serves 6
  • Easy

We all love meatballs, but have you ever tried them with mash, Scandinavian style? Try our version of this comforting Swedish classic with tart lingonberry sauce


Lingonberries are a European relation of the cranberry – you can buy lingonberry sauce from Ikea, or just use cranberry sauce instead.

Enjoy this classic Swedish meatballs dish, or check out more delicious meatball recipes, such as our Scandi meatball bake with cucumber salad and vegetarian meatballs.



  • minced pork or veal 1kg of 1 or a mixture of both
  • eggs 2
  • cream 125ml, double or single
  • fine dry breadcrumbs 60g
  • onion 1, finely chopped
  • allspice a pinch
  • nutmeg a grating
  • oil
  • mashed potato to serve
  • lingonberry sauce to serve (see intro)


  • plain flour 2 tbsp
  • beef stock fresh, cube or concentrate, made up to 250ml or use beef consommé
  • red wine 100ml


  • Step 1

    Mix together the first 7 ingredients and season well. scoop out tablespoons and roll each into a ball. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry the meatballs in batches for about 10 minutes, shaking the pan to brown them on all sides. Scoop out, drain on kitchen paper and keep warm.

  • Step 2

    To make the red wine sauce, add the flour to the frying pan and stir in, scraping up any bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the stock and red wine, bring to the boil then simmer for a couple of minutes. Taste and add a little water if too strong. Roll the meatballs in the sauce and reheat thoroughly, making sure they are cooked through. Serve with mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce.

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