Super Easy Swedish Meatballs

Watch out IKEA!

I’m sharing these super easy Swedish Meatballs that are ready in less than 15 minutes and sure to knock your socks off!

Super Easy Swedish Meatballs are a simple dinner recipe that is made in just a few minutes!


Yesterday was turning into a loooong day for me… until I decided to win at parenting.

My husband has been out of town for several days, leaving me to take care of our four rascals. It was your typical Tuesday; my kids got home from school, they dumped everything at the door and proceeded to start whining for snacks and bugging the crud out of each other.

Fights, messy house, crying about spelling words, blah blah blah.

Super Easy Swedish Meatballs are a simple dinner recipe that is made in just a few minutes!

I was at the end of my rope.

My oldest daughter had gone to a friend’s house to play, so at around 6pm we went to go pick her up. I told my kids to go get in the car and hustled them out the front door.

Just as the walked out I quickly ran back into the house and turned all the clocks forward one hour.

Super Easy Swedish Meatballs are a simple dinner recipe that is made in just a few minutes!

I had to hide my kid’s iPods to make sure they wouldn’t see the real time, but once we got home I told them it was time to get ready for bed!

They looked at the clocks and begrudgingly got themselves ready.

At 8pm (7pm) they were quietly tucked away in their beds and I was able to chillax on the couch watching one of my favorite shows… in peace. I totally win.

Super Easy Swedish Meatballs are a simple dinner recipe that is made in just a few minutes!

I also win at meatballs, because these Swedish Meatballs are ridiculously good guys!!

They’re swimming in a super easy, creamy beef gravy that’s glorious when served on top of a warm bed of fluffy mashed potatoes.

If you’ve made a batch of my Frozen Meatballs, this tasty dinner can be ready in less than 15 minutes!!

How’s that for winning?!

Super Easy Swedish Meatballs are a simple dinner recipe that is made in just a few minutes!

PS – don’t forget to set the clocks forward one hour after the kids go to bed. And feel free to repeat night after night if necessary.

You’re welcome.


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Super Easy Swedish Meatballs

These Super Easy Swedish Meatballs are delicious and ready in less than 15 minutes!
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 346 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 25 to 30 Frozen Meatballs or fresh meatballs
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp finely minced parsley, divided


  • If you're using frozen meatballs, place them on a microwave safe dish in a single layer and microwave for 1 minute. Turn them over and microwave for one more minute. Set aside. If using freshly made meatballs just set them aside for now.
  • In a large pan melt the butter over medium heat. Once it's melted gradually whisk in the flour until it's thick and somewhat crumbly.
  • Slowly pour in the beef broth while whisking constantly until it's all added. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add in the sour cream and whisk to combine. Season with salt, pepper and half of the parsley.
  • Add the meatballs to the gravy and reduce heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 5 minutes, or until meatballs are heated through.
  • Serve meatballs over warm mashed potatoes and garnish with the extra parsley. Enjoy!
recipe adapted from Damn Delicious


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 678mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Easy, meatballs, sour cream, Swedish
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
41 Responses
  1. Dawn Fregans

    5 stars
    I used pre-made turkey meatballs, and served over noodles. It’s a great recipe just as it is. I added basil, and all my leftover vegetables as well.

    1. Matt Hemmis

      5 stars
      Dad doesn’t cook a lot so I look for stuff that is easy but yummy. I made this to rave reviews today! We hand cooked our meatballs though. Also added 1/3 cup of flower to make the gravy thicker. Thanks so much!

  2. Alyssa

    5 stars
    This meal is delicious and so simple. The only things I needed to purchase was the meatballs and beef broth and I absolutely love recipes that require ingredients you most likely have in your pantry. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Kelly

    Do you think that this recipe would work if I made the sauce and threw the meatballs in frozen into the crockpot in the morning? Thanks in advance for a delicious sounding, easy recipe!

  4. Candace

    Something was off in the proportions. 1/3 c flour and 3.5 cups of broth made a very thin gravy. I make biscuits and gravy a lot, so I knew how to make it thicker. Flavors were good, but I’ll have to tweak it.

  5. Cheryl Lynne Richard

    I made this and really cheated! In used 1 jar of beef gravy and 1 small container of sour cream, parsley, mix together add meatballs and heat till meatballs are hot. Serve over precooked pasta or rice, Dinner done in under 10 minutes.

  6. Lita Watson

    How tasty your dish is! Swedish meatballs is the quickest choice since it move around easier and start pulling in more of the delicious flavor. I have run out of the sour cream to make this dish so can cream cheese be used in this recipe as a substitute of it?

    1. Kit Kat

      III often use cream cheese in lieu of sour cream. It actually tastes fresher. When you use frozen meatballs, place them frozen in a strainer AND RINSE THEM, LEAVING THEM TO THAW IN the strainer. I also serve these on egg noodles, which loves parsley!

  7. Alechia

    This was by far the BEST quickest meal I have ever made. The recipe said 15 min and it did not disappoint. My only difference was I used brown rice noodles instead of potatoes and I didn’t have enough sour cream so I missed it with half and half….really could have omitted the salt and pepper. Man this was so good and I didn’t even have to fight my 3 and 6 year old to eat tonight. This will see be my weeknight meal

  8. KateLyn simoneau

    I am making this recipe now! I’m starting with your link to your “make ahead frozen meatballs” this is going to be awesome! It’s pretty much a from scratch recipe wich we love in our house! Thank you for sharing and I’m sure it’s going to be awesome!

  9. Denise Thibault

    We were in the mood for Swedish meatballs and I had some frozen meatballs I wanted to use. Your recipe was quick and delish! I added some mushrooms and a little Worcestershire sauce and had my meal on the table in 30 Minutes! My husband is still smacking his lips!

  10. Amy

    Was the whole point (of the story with the recipe) that you made the easy dish for a quick dinner that night? It reads like you sent them to an early bedtime with no dinner…

    1. Shawn

      Haha! No, my kids did eat dinner that night. 😉 If I recall my daughter had dinner at her friend’s house and I had fed my kids prior to picking her up. 🙂

  11. Dawn

    Well Ann, while I certainly appreciate that you’re trying to be helpful, I prefer to try the *blogger’s* recipe. I feel a tad guilty using frozen meatballs to start with but six packages of unidentifiable ingredients in gravy powder? Or a downloadable Irish version of a furniture store’s recipe? Ummm. Thanks Shawn, your recipe was what I was looking for! I had planned to serve these with egg noodles but your pics have me leaning toward potatoes…looks delicious!

  12. Anne

    The easiest gravy to make for Swedish meatballs is to get some packets of McCormick brown gravy mix, and use milk in the place of the water the instructions call for… I usually use 6 packets for a large pot. I also add white pepper, allspice, and nutmeg, to taste, after it starts thickening up.

    Swedish meatballs also are yummy served over buttered egg noodles, or basmati rice.

    On a side note: Years ago I had a recipe for Swedish meatballs that came in an Ikea catalog, but sadly lost it, so I have been making mine from memory since then. When I saw your “Watch out IKEA!” I was hopeful that it would include the recipe. Oh well, I guess I have to continue looking for it. *sighs*

    1. Anne

      Um, I think I finally found the Ikea swedish meatball recipe here:

      Though it isn’t the exact recipe I use, I omit the potatoes, don’t cook the finely chopped onion ahead of time, and use salt, white pepper, allspice, and nutmeg for the seasoning. Also, FYI, rusk flour is basically fine, toasted breadcrumbs.

      And do yourself a BIG favor, and don’t fry the meatballs, bake them in the oven instead.

  13. Britney

    I’ll definitely be trying these out but had a question, do you think the gravy would freeze and reheat well? I’m thinking it would as long as I reheated it slowly and whisking away. What are your thoughts?

    1. Anne

      I’ve never had a problem with any of the gravies found in any of the frozen dinners I’ve eaten, so I think there would be no problem with freezing it… You might want to defrost the gravy, in the fridge, ahead of time before heating it on the stove, or just heat it up in the microwave straight from the freezer.

  14. Laura

    Omg! This was delicious!!!! I put it over mashed potatoes and a crescent roll… Amazing!!!! And sooo easy and sooo quick! Thank you sooo much for this recipe.

  15. CTY

    Oh, what we parents do to survive. When complaints & whining sets in–this is how DH and I have survived. At our house we have a designated complaint hour (between 3-4pm). All complaints must be saved until that time–and then we all (especially me) complain at the same time (personal attacks are not allowed). All of us at once spouting off, nobody is listening to other complaints, this is about venting not solving. Once the hour is gone, it is over. Complaints have never lasted the full hour. Afterwards, everyone feels better and we get on with life. This works extremely well with long car rides.

  16. Julia

    That’s hilarious about the clock-forwarding deception. I, too, have 4 kids but they three of them are teens, so that would be very difficult to pull off! I will admit that one year, my husband and I didn’t turn the clocks back during daylight savings and were able to get them to go to bed an hour “earlier”. That was a good year…

    1. Julia Hoff

      I did add the allspice, good idea. I usually make my own meatballs and so I added 1 tsp each of Nutmeg and Cardamom to the sauce.

  17. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I love meatballs. I love easy. So this works for me. Busy time of year, but it’s still nice to serve tasty food.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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