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Homemade Swedish Meatballs – Recipe Inspired by Princess Anna and Elsa

This easy homemade Swedish Meatballs Recipe is inspired by Princess Anna and Princess Elsa from Frozen. Tender beef meatballs cooked to perfection in a cast iron skillet, surrounded by a delicious and easy cream sauce. Topped with lingonberry preserves, this weeknight meal is like no other comfort food! Get your children excited to try new foods as they learn to eat like a princess! 




These homemade Swedish Meatballs can be done in one skillet and in 30 minutes, making them perfect for a weeknight meal – an Anna and Elsa from Frozen Inspired Recipe your kids will love! Serve them with mashed potatoes or egg noodles, and lingonberry preserves!


Eat Like A Princess Recipes

Welcome to the Eat Like A Princess Series!

I designed this series as a fun way to teach my daughters about new cultures through the Disney Princesses in hopes that they will become more open to trying new foods, to understand other cultures better, and to enjoy exploring the world around them. And still staying within the 30 minute weeknight dinner theme. You can see other “Eat Like A Princess” Recipes here, like:


Frozen is big in my house. Like – SUPER BIG.

My youngest can barely go a day without watching Frozen, reading a Frozen book, or playing with her Frozen dolls. And since I am always experimenting with ways in which to explore new cuisines with my children, and help them discover new and interesting things, I have developed this “Eat Like A Princess” series to help bridge the gap between what people typically think of as “kid food” and what children can actually enjoy. I decided to create an Anna and Elsa from Frozen Inspired Recipe!


Swedish Meatballs kids will love!


Frozen’s Princess Anna and Princess Elsa

Elsa and Anna are some of our favorite princesses (yes, I know Elsa is technically a Queen). Princess Anna is brave, quirky, and so loyal to her sister. Queen Elsa constantly shows that she is selfless and how deeply she cares for her sister. She also learns to be confident in who she is. I also totally loved the “you can’t be in love with someone you just met” nod even though it seems like all the other princesses do.


Besides chocolate, sandwiches and snow cones, there isn’t a whole lot of food mentioned in the movie. Thankfully the regionality of this movie was pretty easy – as they mention fjords, mountains covered in snow, and the gorgeous art work (called kurbits) that is prominent on clothing and buildings throughout the movies. Arendale is obviously based off of the Nordic Countries, a region that includes Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Norway.


**Note: This recipe is not intended to be 100% authentic. Queen Elsa and Princess Anna are fictional princesses who live in a made-up land loosely based on Nordic culture. This recipe is intended to be easy enough that children can help you prepare it, as well as interesting enough to pique their interest in new cultures and foods. 


30 minute Swedish Meatballs your whole family will love!


Homemade Swedish Meatballs – A Recipe Inspired by the Movie Frozen

I decided to highlight Swedish Meatballs for Anna and Elsa – it’s easy to make in 30 minutes, it’s a one skillet meal, and kiddos can help to stir together the ingredients for the gravy. They could also help you make the meatballs, depending on their age/maturity level – my oldest daughter helped me shape them and thought it was so fun! The meatballs themselves aren’t really that different from the typical Italian style everyone knows. What makes them fun is the unique gravy and the lingonberry preserves you eat them with.


How to prepare Swedish Meatballs Ahead of Time:

Swedish Meatballs can easily be prepared ahead of time. Simple bake the meatballs and store in the fridge until ready to eat. Make the simple gravy to add to the meatballs right before you eat.


What to serve with Homemade Swedish Meatballs

I suggest serving this with either mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

For a well rounded meal, add this crisp and refreshing Swedish Cucumber Salad, this easy and delightfully pink Swedish Red Beet and Apple Salad,  and don’t forget dessert – these easy Swedish Chocolate Balls are fantastic and easy!


For extra credit, check out these awesome kids books about Nordic culture. And you totally have to make Swedish Pancakes as well!


Swedish Meatballs are perfect for a weeknight!


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How to Make Swedish Meatballs Kid-Friendly

Swedish Meatballs are naturally very kid-friendly! Kids LOVE meatballs, and the mild flavors here will go over really well. Plus, everyone loves gravy, right?

Serving the lingonberries on the side to dip in will be a fun and new treat your kids will enjoy.


Family Dinner Conversations

Dinner time should be more than micromanaging each and every bite your kids take. Use this opportunity to 

  • Talk about where Anna and Elsa are from and what the land and weather were like there.
  • Talk about the textures, flavors, colors, and smells of the Swedish meatballs, and other parts of the meal.
  • Ask questions about what their favorite part of the Swedish Meatballs are, what they would like to change next time, or how you could make it better?


How to Serve Swedish Meatballs to your Family

Homemade Swedish Meatballs are a great meal to serve family style! Place the skillet with the meatballs and sauce on the table and allow everyone to serve themselves. The Lingonberry jam can also go in a bowl on the table, with a small spoon to serve with. When kids are allowed to choose how much of each food they get, they love that responsibility and independence, which means they are more likely to eat more of what they pick. 



Swedish Meatballs for Princess Anna


Kids in the Kitchen: How your Kids can Help you Cook Swedish Meatballs:

One of the best ways to get kids interested in eating new foods (besides making food inspired by their favorite characters, books, and movies…) is to get them involved! Here are some easy ways your kids can help you cook these Homemade Swedish Meatballs:

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure out ingredients and wash the chives.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can help you do everything above, chop the chives, plus dish out the lingonberry jam for the table, 
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus help make the meatballs, and whisk the gravy. 

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.





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Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe for Queen Elsa and Princess Anna - Eat Like A Princess

Easy Swedish Meatball Recipe for Queen Elsa and Princess Anna - Eat Like A Princess

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These easy Swedish Meatballs can be done in one skillet and in 30 minutes, making them perfect for a weeknight meal! Serve them with mashed potatoes or egg noodles, and lingonberry preserves! 



  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 TBSP dried chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 lb ground beef


  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 TBSP lingonberry preserves


  • lingonberry preserves
  • chives or parsley, chopped


In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs.
Form roughly 16-20 meatballs with the mixture.
Place the meatballs in a large cast iron skillet, heated with 1 TBSP olive oil.
Cook the meatballs, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
Remove the meatballs to a plate lined with paper towels.
Cover with foil and set aside.
Place the butter in the skillet
Whisk in the flour, and whisk, whisk, whisk, until it is all incorporated.
Slowly (like 2 TBSP at a time) whisk in the beef broth. Fully incorporate each addition before you add more.
Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
Add in the sour cream and simmer for 5 more minutes.
Stir in the lingonberry preserves and season with salt and pepper.
Return the meatballs to the gravy and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
Sprinkle with either chopped parsley or chives.
Serve with egg noodles or mashed potatoes and Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 562 Total Fat: 35g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 142mg Sodium: 761mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 12g Protein: 36g


  • Reply
    Julia @ HappyFoods Tube
    February 14, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    These meatballs look so good! I haven’t tried them with lingonberry sauce yet as I can’t buy it around here. Hopefully one day! 🙂

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    Platter Talk
    February 14, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    I love Swedish meatballs. Was thinking about making them this weekend. Your recipe is a sign! lol

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    February 14, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    I love this and that beautiful sauce! So fun too, my girls are big Frozen fans, in fact my youngest just watched it yesterday.

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    February 14, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    My mom’s family serves Swedish meatballs every holiday season and they are one of my favorite traditions. This recipe looks delicious, I’m going to branch out and make these! Thank you!

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    Meg | Meg is Well
    February 14, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    That’s so cool that you developed a whole “Eat Like a Princess” recipe series! You’re obviously the coolest mom ever. I’ve never had Swedish meatballs but the creamy gravy always looks delicious to me but I assumed it was hard to make. I love how easy your recipe is!

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    February 15, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    I love your 30-minute meal corner. It is definitely helpful, especially due to the hectic lifestyle. Keep the good work, Jenni!

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    February 15, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Mmmm, I love Swedish Meatballs, and your Eat Like A Princess series – so much fun!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    February 15, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Love Ikea’s Swedish meatballs but these blow them out of the water! Ligonberry sauce goes so well with it

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    Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    February 15, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Love love swedish meatballs and these look so delicious! Love the addition of the lingonberry sauce. Yum!

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    Aish Das-Padihari
    February 15, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    You got me at meat balls. My family loves a meat ball dinner. I will try this recipe.

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    February 16, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    We love Swedish meatballs! The girls are going to love this meal, especially since Elsa & Anna would love it too!

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    lisa | Garlic & Zest
    February 21, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    I’m afraid my child is well past Elsa at this stage — she’s a college Junior, but I’ve heard all about this movie — and they play that song incessantly. “Let it go- already”! These Swedish meatballs look absolutely phenomenal. My only experience previously was at Ikea — which were ok, but I have a feeling yours would be amazing! The sauce and that lingonberry jam – Wow!

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      February 26, 2017 at 2:58 AM

      Haha Thanks! 🙂

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    February 21, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    I love the pics where you are cooking with your little one! What great memories she’ll have. Im a big lover of any kind of meatballs and your recipe is quite a bit different than mine. Cant wait to give it a whirl… the sour cream in the gravy sounds so good!

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    Michelle | A Latte Food
    February 21, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    This is seriously such a cute series! These look amazing and in only 30-minutes?! Genius all around!

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    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    February 21, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    This is so adorable! I love this ‘Eat Like a Princess’ idea! What a great way to introduce your kiddos to different cultures!!!

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    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    February 23, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Such a flavorful recipe!

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    Matthew Cetta
    February 25, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    You mean Queen Elsa? The evil despot who ruins our lives with back breaking shoveling every year? NO I WILL NOT LET THAT GO! Tributes to tyrants aside, these Swedish meatballs look amazing. Love the addition of lingonberries.

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      February 26, 2017 at 2:55 AM

      hahaha I totally understand! But you can’t turn down a yummy recipe that is ready in 30 minutes!

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    February 27, 2017 at 2:24 AM

    Oh these look so so good, and I just happen to have some lingonberry jam in the cupboard which would go perfectly!! My kids are frozen obsessed too so I am sure these would go down a treat if I tell them the princesses and Olaf eat them 🙂

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    February 27, 2017 at 4:44 AM

    I have never made Swedish meatballs myself, but now I must! These look and sound fantastic, and I love how easy they are! Thanks for this great recipe!

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    February 27, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    I love the messages in Frozen and I think this is such a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen to try new foods. That sauce looks heavenly, and I love the addition of lingonberry preserves. Plus, 30 minutes? You can’t beat that!

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    J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    February 27, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    These meatballs sound so easy peasy to make and in 30 minutes?!? I’m sold! Plus the sauce looks fannnnntastic!

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    August 20, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    I love Swedish meatballs, and your recipe is wonderful. It’s so quick to make and there’s no canned soup. Delicious!

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    August 21, 2019 at 4:38 AM

    I love Swedish meatballs and it’s always a favorite each time I go to…IKEA 🙂 This meatballs recipe looks so delicious and I’ll add this to my dinner rotation.

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    August 22, 2019 at 3:25 AM

    This is brilliant! My kids are much more adventurous with what they will eat when they make it themselves. I love the Frozen idea, one I can’t wait to share with my Almost-5 year old!

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    August 23, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    I love everything about these Swedish meatballs. Delicious! The lingonberry preserves on the side would be a big hit in my household. My little girl LOVED Frozen for years. Yummy!

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    August 23, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Oh these sweedish meatballs look and sound amazing! And that sauce! Yum yum yum!

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    August 23, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    That sauce looks SOOO creamy and delicious! Love the creativity in the princess theme as well! haha!

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    August 24, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    These were so awesome! The sauce was fantastic!! Love that they were inspired by Frozen, haha!!

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    August 25, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Mmmm I’ve never made my own but I’ve been wanting to make Swedish meatballs for the longest time. Such total comfort food and now that the weather is cooling down a bit, I’m definitely craving heartier dishes 😀

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    [email protected]
    August 25, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    I love, love, love this whole eat like a princess idea! We have 8 nieces, all under the age of 9. I am totally going to use this recipe the next time they are all over. Brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

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    Karyl Henry
    August 25, 2019 at 11:47 PM

    I love Swedish meatballs but I’ve never made them at home. Your instructions are so simple and make it look easy. And I love that you included instructions and ways to get kids to help. Great idea!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    August 26, 2019 at 2:21 AM

    I think they are most kids’ favourite princesses (or princess and queen) right now!!
    This looks good enough for a princess, that’s for sure!!

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    August 26, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    I have had a lot of good things about this recipe. I have had the vegan version once in Ikea. Will forward this to my meat loving sister.

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