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Köttbullar Traditional Swedish Meatballs

Learn how to make homemade Köttbullar. Our traditional Swedish Meatball recipe features creamy gravy, mashed potatoes, pickles & lingtonberry.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: swedish
Keyword: Köttbullar, Köttbullar med gräddsås, svenska kottbullar, Swedish Meatballs
Servings: 8
Calories: 230kcal


  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • mixing bowl
  • Nonstick Skillet
  • Spatula or Wooden Spoon


Swedish Meatballs (Köttbullar)

  • 1 Small onion grated
  • 1/2 lb Lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Lean ground pork
  • 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup Butter

Cream Sauce (Graddsas)

  • 2 tbsp All purpose flour
  • 2 cups Beef stock
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp Lingonberry Jam
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Parsley garnish


Swedish Meatballs (Köttbullar)

  • In a large non-stick skillet, sauté one grated onion in ½ tablespoon butter until translucent. Remove from the pan and place in a bowl. Set aside.
  • To the mixing bowl with onions, add the ground beef and pork, breadcrumbs, egg, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix, using your hands, until the meat mixture appears fully incorporated. Roll the meat into medium-size balls, approximately an inch in diameter.
  • Heat the remaining butter until melted and sizzling in the pan. Fry the meatballs, often turning, until they're golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel.

Cream Sauce (Graddsas)

  • Over medium heat, whisk 2 tablespoons flour in the remaining butter until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually stir in beef broth and milk, constantly whisking, until slightly thickened.
  • Add soy sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and heavy cream. Return to simmer and cook for a couple of minutes until the gravy thickens to your liking.
  • Season with salt and pepper the stir in 1 tablespoon of lingonberry jam until well mixed.
  • Return the meatballs to the skillet with the sauce and stir to cover and warm thoroughly.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve with quick dill pickles, mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 12.4g | Saturated Fat: 6.7g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 350mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 3.9g | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 6mg