These Skillet Swedish Meatballs are sure to become part of your weekly menu. They are warm, cozy, and the perfect family dinner for any night of the week.
I know Swedish Meatballs are everyone’s favorite IKEA menu item, but you can also make them at home for the perfect savory and comforting weeknight dinner. The true secret is in the sauce: an outstanding creamy, rich gravy with a unique combination of allspice and nutmeg that really sets these apart. My entire family adores meatballs, and since these keep well in the fridge, they’re the perfect meal prep for the week ahead.
And with a quick sub to ghee instead of butter, these Easy Skillet Swedish Meatballs become a Whole30 meal! Making it the perfect meal to have prepped for your January Whole30 and one that anyone else in your household will enjoy even if they aren’t doing a Whole30 — a double win!
If you are wondering how to serve these meatballs are easiest over some store-bought egg noodles. For a great Whole30 option, you could serve them over Whole30 Mashed Potatoes. I love them paired with some roasted veggies or a big side salad for some greens alongside this dish.
Regardless, these are going to quickly become a go-to. If you love these meatballs, try some of my other favorite meatballs:
Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata Meatballs
Whole30 Chicken Enchilada Meatballs
Easy Skillet Swedish Meatballs
For the Meatballs:
- 1 pound ground beef 90/10
- ½ pound ground pork
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley leaves plus more for garnish
- ¼ cup minced yellow onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons cassava flour
- 1 large egg beaten
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more as needed
For the Gravy:
- 4 tablespoons salted butter sub ghee for paleo, Whole30 or vegan butter for dairy-free
- ¼ cup halved and thinly sliced shallot about 1 medium shallot
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons cassava flour
- 1 ½ cup low-sodium beef broth
- ½ cup full fat unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons Dijon
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt more to taste
- ¼ freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Prepare the Meatballs:
- In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, Dijon, parsley, onion, garlic powder, allspice, nutmeg, cayenne, salt, pepper, cassava flour, and egg. Mix until just combined, without over mixing the meat.
- Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, measure out the meat mixture and roll into 1-inch balls.
- In a large, deep non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Working in batches to keep from crowding the skillet, sear the meatballs in a single layer and cook until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side, or about 6 minutes per batch. Transfer the cooked meatballs to a paper towel-lined plate, and continue cooking the rest of the meatball, adding more oil to the pan if it becomes dry. Set aside.
- Discard the excess fat, reserving 2 tablespoons. Then wipe the skillet with a paper towel to remove excess fat and overly browned bits.
Make the Gravy and Finish the Meatballs:
- In the same skillet, add the butter and the reserved fat. Once the butter is melted, add the shallot and garlic. Sauté until tender, about 2 minutes.
- Next, sprinkle the cassava over the shallot mixture and cook, stirring, to toast the flour, about 1 minute.
- While whisking, slowly pour in the beef broth until well incorporated and smooth. Add the coconut milk and continue to whisk until well incorporated. Bring the gravy to a simmer then reduce to a light simmer, about medium-low heat, until you see the sauce start to thicken, about 2 minutes.
- Add the Dijon, coconut aminos, salt, pepper, allspice, apple cider vinegar and stir to combine. Nestle the meatballs back into the skillet. Continue to cook, uncovered and simmering, until meatballs are cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes.
- Taste a meatball with the sauce and add more salt, if desired. Serve as desired and top with additional parsley.
Photography and styling by Eat Love Eats.
CarmenApril 5, 2023 at 3:55 pm
My family loves this recipe! My husband has requested I make it for his family for Easter. So I would need to make it the night before and reheat it the next day at my mother in laws house. How would you suggest the best method for that? Also I will need to double it. Would you suggest just double everything or make two separate and add them together at the end?
AlexApril 11, 2023 at 6:12 pm
Hi Carmen- yes if you double, you can just double the ingredients and make in one dutch oven. You’ll just have a lot more batches of browning. Then double the sauce and add them back in!
To reheat, I suggest reheating stove top over medium-low until they heat back through!
BrigitteMarch 24, 2023 at 3:35 pm
These were delicious. Can I bake them in the oven next time instead of cooking them on the pan?
AlexMarch 26, 2023 at 2:49 pm
CaraFebruary 15, 2023 at 4:00 am
I made this recipe tonight for the first time for Valentine’s Day and WOW! It was delicious! I just finished the January W30 and am in reintroduction phase. I used almond flour in the meatballs and regular white ap flour in the sauce. It was a hit with the whole family. My 18 month old loved it, and so did my picky 3 year old! I served with roasted yellow potatoes and steamed broccoli. I can’t wait to add this into our recipe rotation!
AlexFebruary 15, 2023 at 1:01 pm
So happy you loved it, Cara!
JessFebruary 13, 2023 at 4:58 am
Made these for dinner & can’t stop swooning over them! The flavor of the meatballs & gravy are 10/10 – beyond delish!! So cozy and comforting. Served with mashed potatoes & it was the perfect combo. Thank you Alex for another incredible recipe!
ShannonFebruary 7, 2023 at 3:50 am
Made these tonight and they were great! I’m doing Whole30 so I made with cauliflower rice.Which was delicious. But I think next time I will make with mashed potatoes because the gravy was ‘Chef’s kiss’ !
AlexFebruary 7, 2023 at 12:47 pm
So happy you loved them! yes, mashed potatoes is the ultimate way to serve them!
FrancesJanuary 31, 2023 at 3:57 pm
How would you suggest preparing/heating this a few hours ahead of time for a dinner party? Can the sauce be made ahead of time and reheated?
AlexFebruary 2, 2023 at 1:03 pm
Hi! yes you can definitely do this! You could even put it all in a crockpot on low heat to keep warm until ready to serve if it’s just an hour or 2.
BaileeJanuary 30, 2023 at 2:11 am
So YUM!!! I used corn starch bc we are gluten free but I didn’t have cassava on hand— 10/10! Even our super picky 2.5 year old asked for not just seconds but thirds!
HannahFebruary 2, 2023 at 11:06 pm
We loved this! Doubled it and froze the second batch and it made for a super easy re-heat meal one weeknight! We ate it with mashed sweet potatoes and loved. Also I snuck a 5oz bag of spinach into the gravy/sauce for extra greens and nobody in my fam noticed lol. Super good and great comfort-food meal. Was a tiny bit spicy for my 1 year old but he’s on a strict no-spiciness kick right now :/ next time I’ll leave out the cayenne and see what he thinks!
CarlyJanuary 25, 2023 at 11:35 pm
Another 5 star recipe Alex!! Thank you for this-everyone in my family (including 3 teens) ate and loved it. Confession: I did not make the meatballs from scratch (I’m sure they’re delicious), so I just used store bought ones, basked them in the oven and then added them in the gravy at the end. Appreciate this healthier option! Will definitely be making these on repeat 😉
AlexJanuary 25, 2023 at 11:58 pm
haha sometimes semi-homemade is better than not at all! can always try with homemade meatballs next time. thanks for commenting!
AlexJanuary 26, 2023 at 12:18 pm
So glad you enjoyed it!! Great way to short cut, the sauce is really the show stopper, anyway! 🙂
Suzie HarrisonJanuary 24, 2023 at 3:14 am
Absolutely delicious!!! So many wonderful flavors and bonus that it was a comfort meal! Reminded me of our favorite Steak Au Poivre 😉 Thank you, Alex, for creating these exceptional recipes for our families to enjoy!
AlexJanuary 24, 2023 at 11:48 am
Thank you so much for the comment, Suzie! Glad you enjoyed.
JulieJanuary 23, 2023 at 2:36 pm
This was delicious! I doubled the recipe and everyone loved it! Thank you as always for the amazing recipes ♥️
AlexJanuary 23, 2023 at 4:32 pm
Glad you loved it!! Thank you, Julie!
Shelby ZamoraJanuary 22, 2023 at 3:20 am
So delicious! Made it for dinner this evening and was a hit with my hubs and kiddos. Used only a teaspoon of ACV instead of a tablespoon after reading the comments.
Thinking about making into a meatloaf next time and use the gravy to bast and serve over mashed potatoes.
AlexJanuary 22, 2023 at 3:31 pm
Glad you enjoyed it!!!
StephanieJanuary 18, 2023 at 3:03 am
Made this recipe tonight and it was so flavorful! Already had ground beef on hand so didn’t use pork. Served over pasta. Will definitely make again!
Ashley RobbJanuary 17, 2023 at 12:07 am
Delicious! Perfect over egg noodles.
AlexJanuary 17, 2023 at 4:55 pm
A classic combo!
KelyJanuary 16, 2023 at 11:47 pm
These were very good! I served them over your whole 30 mashed potatoes. Delish!
JennaJanuary 14, 2023 at 6:04 pm
These are amazing! The gravy is SO good. love this flavor profile! Served over mashed cauliflower. YUM.
WhitneyJanuary 10, 2023 at 1:45 am
Alex does it again!
AlexJanuary 10, 2023 at 5:54 pm
Yay! Thank you!
Julie EdwardsJanuary 9, 2023 at 1:02 pm
Can you tell us approximately how many meatballs this recipe makes? We’re trying to multiply for a party. Thanks!
AlexJanuary 10, 2023 at 6:11 pm
I’d say about 18-20!
Good meatballs - awful gravyJanuary 8, 2023 at 7:30 am
I was so excited to make this tonight, my husband even requested I make a double batch. The meatballs were good. I ate a couple while waiting on the last batches to cook. The gravy, however, was so acidic. I don’t know if it was from the apple cider vinegar and other ingredients put in at the end, but the taste was nothing like the gravy from IKEA. I followed the recipe exactly how it was written. Honestly, everything smelled and looked good up until I added the final ingredients (besides meatballs). I really wish I had tried the gravy before putting those final things in. Maybe it would be okay if I omit the apple cider vinegar… might try again.
AlexJanuary 10, 2023 at 6:14 pm
So sorry you didn’t enjoy them! I haven’t tried doubling the recipe– so I am not sure if that makes it too acidic, but I can’t image doubling it would do that.
MeghanJanuary 17, 2023 at 3:05 am
The gravy was my family’s favorite part! I was literally licking it off of my plate at the end!! Haha. Not sure why the gravy didn’tturn out for these people.
AnnaJanuary 11, 2023 at 11:02 am
My gravy also came out sour. I had followed the recipe exactly. 1 tbsp of vinegar Is a lot for this quantity of gravy..
AmyJanuary 7, 2023 at 6:34 pm
Delicious! Before the gravy was done, I had to stop my sons and husband from eating all the meatballs. I doubled the recipe but one change was that I baked most of the meatballs at 400 for 15min. I only browned a few raw meatballs to get some of the flavor in the gravy. Just needed to complete one step in the morning instead of at dinner time to avoid hangry toddlers.
MelanieJanuary 9, 2023 at 3:37 am
Made with regular flour and heavy cream and they were DELICIOUS. Best thing I’ve made in a long time!! The first recipe I cooked in our new house and will always have a great memory from this recipe!!!
AlexJanuary 9, 2023 at 7:49 pm
So glad this was a hit for your first dinner in your new home!
ShawnJanuary 6, 2023 at 7:09 pm
I made these last night and they were good. Based on personal preference I will reduce the cayenne pepper in the meatballs and also use ground sirloin next time as opposed to ground beef because I think it is more tender. I used arrowroot because I didn’t have cassava flour and it worked well. I’m doing a Whole30 now, so I served with a yellow finn mash, yum.
JuliaJanuary 6, 2023 at 3:31 am
SO DELICIOUS! Served ours over the microwave jasmine rice and it was incredible!
AlexJanuary 6, 2023 at 7:45 pm
Glad you loved it!
Bianca SchiffmanJanuary 5, 2023 at 6:32 pm
Is there a sub for the coconut milk? Excited to try these!
AlexJanuary 5, 2023 at 8:45 pm
Heavy Creamer is the best sub!
TaylorJanuary 13, 2023 at 8:53 pm
Not very good at all
JenniferJanuary 5, 2023 at 8:06 am
Can you use ground Turkey or chicken?
AlexJanuary 5, 2023 at 5:55 pm
Yes! You can use ground turkey here, I would just recommend using dark meat!
Judith SJanuary 5, 2023 at 4:14 am
Made these tonight! Turned out so great!! The gravy is everything. We used it on wide fusilli pasta and it was 👩🏻🍳 😘
AlexJanuary 5, 2023 at 5:51 pm
Fabulous!!! Thanks for the review and comment, Judith!
MikeJanuary 5, 2023 at 12:27 am
Tried this tonight with egg noodles. Absolutely delicious. Incredible recipe! I think this will be a regular from now on, so easy and so tasty.
AlexJanuary 5, 2023 at 5:52 pm
Thank you, Mike! So happy you enjoyed it, and thanks for the comment!
MeganJanuary 5, 2023 at 9:43 pm
What can you sub for cassava flour? Will basic white flour work? I do not have and couldn’t find any store this time. I do have almond and tapioca flour. Thanks!
AlexJanuary 5, 2023 at 10:51 pm
I would go with all purpose for this one!
KatieJanuary 6, 2023 at 12:53 am
Would all beef work? No pork in sight here…
AlexJanuary 6, 2023 at 7:46 pm
CkowJanuary 4, 2023 at 11:33 pm
OMG frickin’ YUM!! These are amazeballs!! You struck again!! Thank you!!
AlexJanuary 5, 2023 at 5:52 pm
Woohoo!! Thanks so much!
EllieJanuary 4, 2023 at 9:44 pm
Is there a sub for cassava flour?
AlexJanuary 5, 2023 at 5:54 pm
Regular All-purpose Flour will work here.
Mar VJanuary 4, 2023 at 4:34 pm
Hello, excited to try this recipe.
I have almost all of the ingredients to make it except for the beef broth. Do you think if I use chicken broth it will change the flavor much?
AlexJanuary 4, 2023 at 6:22 pm
Chicken broth will work fine!
Trish CaldwellJanuary 3, 2023 at 6:04 pm
Do you have any tips to prepare these as a freezer meal for an upcoming surgery? Would love to make these and have on hand for a quick meal.
AlexJanuary 4, 2023 at 6:27 pm
I think that these will freeze well as is! just make sure to fully cool, then freeze in a airtight container.
AynsleyJanuary 7, 2023 at 5:02 pm
Can they freeze with the sauce too? That would be a game changer to freeze everything after batch cooking and then do a warm up for dinner! Xoxo thank you!!!!
AlexJanuary 10, 2023 at 6:15 pm
Yes!! These should freeze well!