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Easy Homemade Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

Easy homemade Instant Pot Swedish meatballs recipe! Total comfort food at it’s finest and takes less than 20 minutes to make. You’ve got to try it with frozen meatballs or make them yourself! Keto friendly and delicious.

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This easy homemade Instant Pot Swedish meatballs recipe is so great. Tastes like my Grandma’s and it’s one of our very favorite Instant Pot recipes. (originally published 6/17, affiliate links present)

I don’t know about you but year round I am all about comfort food!

Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

I used to throw it in the oven but especially when it is 100 degrees outside I have no interest in that. Thank goodness for my fancy pressure cooker! 😉

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

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  • I know…it looks delicious right??!!

Of course you could use frozen Instant Pot meatballs for this dish. I think my easy meatball recipe is so simple and is packed with flavor though, so I prefer to make them myself.

  • If you have a favorite meatloaf recipe you can use that as well and just form them into balls.

Meat with a bit more fat content work a bit better just so the meatballs don’t fall apart in the pressure cooking process but that is totally up to you.

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What is a Swedish meatball?

They are traditionally made with onion, ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

The sauce ingredients typically include butter, flour, beef broth, sour cream, salt and pepper.

easy homemade instant pot swedish meatballs

Homemade Swedish meatballs

Or if you prefer a side I would suggest a bit of egg noodles or Instant Pot white rice. We love them just as they are. 😉

For dinner when we have a quiet house (very rare, but it does happen), or just as a special treat I love pairing this with a glass of Chardonnay too!

  • If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of time to make it to the store you can order what you want online.
  • I love a glass of wine with these personally.
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Homemade Instant Pot Swedish meatballs

  1. Homemade meatballs – or use these pressure cooker frozen meatballs
    1. Ground beef
      1. or half sausage and half ground beef or turkey
    2. Bread crumbs
      1. If making Keto Swedish meatballs substitute for fried onions
    3. French onion soup mix – yes really
    4. Egg
eggs
  1. Butter
  2. Heavy cream
  3. Beef broth
  4. Onion
  5. Sour cream
  6. Worcestershire sauce
  7. Cornstarch – to thicken the sauce
  8. Dijon mustard

You can also opt to make this basic meatball recipe here too. It has half ground beef and half sausage.

how to make meatballs

Pressure cooker Swedish Meatballs

Time needed: 7 minutes.

Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

  1. Make meatballs

    Mix together your ground beef, packet of french onion soup mix, 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce, bread crumbs, and 1 egg. (skip if using frozen meatballs). Make into medium size meatballs.

  2. Saute

    Spray the inside of your Instant Pot with non stick spray and add a bit of olive oil inside. Set to saute, low.

    Add your meatballs and diced onions to your pot and cook until the outsides are browned (if using frozen meatballs skip this step). Turn pot OFF. Take meatballs out and add 1/2 your can of beef broth to deglaze your pot.

  3. Mix sauce

    Mix together all your other ingredients in another bowl and use a whisk to make sure all lumps are gone.  Pour your cream mixture into the pot and put meatballs back in. Put your lid on, close your steam valve.

  4. Cook

    Set to high pressure on your Instant Pot for 3 minutes for homemade meatballs. If using defrosted previously frozen meatballs cook for only 3 minutes as well.

    If using frozen meatballs need 5 minutes (for small frozen, larger may take longer). Once it’s done and beeps do a quick release.

    Check meatballs to ensure they’re cooked thru. Remove the meatballs from the pot. 

  5. Thicken

    Set Instant Pot to saute low again. Add remaining 2-3 tbsp. of cornstarch and whisk into liquid in pot. Allow to bubble and thicken, add more cornstarch if desired.

    Add meatballs back into sauce mixture and serve!

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What if you want to use frozen meatballs instead?

Here are instructions for Crockpot frozen meatballs. That means you’d only have to use the recipe for my sauce and coat.

  • That is a good question and a great alternative to save time and prep time. 
  • I have done this. With that said I will say I prefer my homemade meatballs better but here’s what you do if you want this easier version:
    • Pour 1.5 c. water inside your inner liner with a vegetable steamer inside.
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  • Empty bag of frozen meatballs into basket.
    • Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 3 minutes followed by a quick release.

Timing will vary but this is pretty good for all brands. Differences will come if yours are quite large but even if they’re not cooked all the way through they will be with the second heating time with the sauce

  • You can skip step one since these are precooked and now defrosted.
    • Take out, set aside, drain water out of pot and start with whisking your sauce ingredients together.

Put diced onions in as is without sauteeing first with the meat, that is fine because they’ll soften in the cooking process.

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What is the IKEA meatball sauce?

They keep these details under tight wraps, but I must say this could be a copycat IKEA meatball recipe because it tastes so similar.

  • The key to success is the sauce really, made right in the skillet where you brown the meatballs.
  • As stated earlier, it is a mixture of butter, flour, beef broth, heavy cream, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • This creamy sauce picks up all the flavorful fond on the bottom of the pan.
  • Try it for yourself and let us know if it’s as close and good as you remember having it there.

What do you serve with Swedish meatballs?

Traditionally these are served with potatoes and lingonberry jam, which I love! We have also served them alongside white or brown rice or noodles. If you like spiced meatballs, add a dash of allspice to the meat mixture.

Other suggestions are:

  • This is the best mashed cauliflower for a low carb alternative side dish
  • What vegetables go with Swedish meatballs? Well you’d probably get a different answer depending on whom you asked. For us if you want a really healthy option you can just make these mixed steamed vegetables
  • Instant Pot mashed potatoes using red potatoes is probably our favorite.
slow cooker mashed potatoes

What is so special about Swedish meatballs?

Well maybe nothing for you unless you’re like me and had a Swedish relative who made these! THEN they come with a boat load of memories I tell you.

  • If you are looking for a recipe specific to your heritage this may be something you could make and pass down to younger generations.

Recipes with meaning are so much better no matter what they really taste like. Yes I love my slow cooker but quick is where it’s at nowadays.

Instant Pot Swedish meatballs

Looking for other meatball recipes, here are a few others to try:

easy swedish meatball cassserole 3

Another easy meatloaf recipe you can follow to make homemade meatballs for this.

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Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

These easy homemade Instant Pot Swedish meatballs are heavenly! Total comfort food at it’s finest and takes less than 20 minutes to make. You’ve got to try!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine swedish
Keyword easy, instant pot, meatballs, pressure cooker, swedish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 597kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix together your ground beef, packet of french onion soup mix, 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce, bread crumbs, and 1 egg. (skip if using frozen meatballs). Make into medium size meatballs.
  • Spray the inside of your Instant Pot with non stick spray and add a bit of olive oil inside. Set to saute, low.
  • Add your meatballs and diced onions to your pot and cook until the outsides are browned (if using frozen meatballs skip this step). Turn pot OFF. Take meatballs out and add 1/2 your can of beef broth to deglaze your pot.
  • Mix together all your other ingredients in another bowl and use a whisk to make sure all lumps are gone. 
  • Pour your cream mixture into the pot and put meatballs back in. Put your lid on, close your steam valve.
  • Push the pressure high button on your Instant Pot for 3 minutes for homemade meatballs. If using defrosted previously frozen meatballs cook for only 3 minutes as well. If using frozen meatballs need 5 minutes (for small frozen, larger may take longer).
  • Once it’s done and beeps do a quick release.
  • Check meatballs to ensure they’re cooked thru. Remove the meatballs from the pot. 
  • Set Instant Pot to saute low again.
  • Add remaining 2-3 tbsp. of cornstarch and whisk into liquid in pot.
  • Allow to bubble and thicken, add more cornstarch if desired.
  • Add meatballs back into sauce mixture and serve!

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 597 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Cholesterol 185mg62%
Sodium 646mg28%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1209IU24%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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