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Homemade Swedish Meatballs

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This easy homemade Swedish Meatballs Recipe is a weeknight favorite. 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!

These homemade 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!

white plate filled with noodles, swedish meatballs, lingonberry jam, and cucumber salad. Fork on the side

Homemade Swedish Meatballs

This meal is 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.

cast iron skillet with homemade swedish meatballs. Bowl of lingonberry jam on the side.

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 on plate with noodles and cucumbers

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 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. 

image showing four plates with plating of swedish meatballs and cucumber salad for different ages

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 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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swedish meatballs in cast iron skillet

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Yield: 4 Servings

Easy Homemade Swedish Meatball Recipe

cast iron skillet with homemade swedish meatballs. Bowl of lingonberry jam on the side.

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! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 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!


Swedish meatblls freeze and reheat really well, so you can easily fit them into your scheudle!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 562Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 761mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 36g

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