Jules IKEA Meatballs Malaysia vs Sweden

Published on April 9th, 2017 | by Jules Yap


Ate any Swedish meatballs lately?

Let’s talk about meatballs. Swedish meatballs, that is.

I used to think the IKEA Malaysia meatballs were well, nice. Then I went to Sweden. And Oh. My. Tummy. I mean, just take a look at the picture below and you won’t need to try very hard to spot the difference. The texture, the colors. And the taste, yes, it’s Swede tenderness and juicy goodness over in Köttbullar land.

IKEA Swedish Meatballs Malaysia vs Sweden

Needless to say, I almost never order the balls now at my local IKEA. Not the meatballs nor the veggie balls. (Don’t get me started on the veggie balls. That’s a whole different story)

How does the meatballs at your local IKEA look and taste like? Is it any good? Send me a photo.

In the meantime, I’ll get my meatball fix in other ways and try out other variations. This recipe from their book, Food’s Ready! looks interesting. Tuesday’s lunch it is.

Spicy Swedish Meatballs Recipe from IKEA Food's Ready book

Meatballs in spicy tomato sauce


  • 32 meatballs (Köttbullar)
  • Oil for frying


  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp mild paprika
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (400 g)
  • 1/2 g saffron
  • 300 ml water
  • 1 stock cube (vegetable or chicken)
  • approx. 1 tsp sugar
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Salt and black pepper


  • 4 portions couscous
  • 2 green cardamom pads
  • Salt


  • 100 ml natural yoghurt, approx. 10% fat
  • Fresh mint

1. Chop the onion and fry over a medium heat in a saucepan until golden. Mix in the finely chopped garlic and chilli, and the cumin and paprika. Fry for a few minutes.

2. In another pan, fry the frozen meatballs in oil for about 5 minutes until nicely browned.

3. To the onion saucepan add the tomatoes, saffron, water and stock cube. Then add the warm meatballs.

4. Simmer the sauce for 10-15 minutes or so. Season with sugar, salt and pepper.

5. Cook the couscous as per the instructions on the packets, along with the cardamom and salt.

6. Serve the meatballs and tomato sauce with couscous, a dollop of yoghurt and a little fresh mint.

Or if you prefer, here’s a traditional Swedish Meatball recipe.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

2 Responses to Ate any Swedish meatballs lately?

  1. Stella says:

    At first, I couldn/t find the meatball pictures on the site, but today I saw on Instagram the Dutch serving: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSoAQU0Ak-7/?taken-at=500527088.

    I don’t eat them, because of gluten.
    Ikea isn’t generous in showing what the offered foods contain. The restaurants have their own sheet locked up and you have te ask for it. It isn’t pinned in advance at some logic places and the Customer Service refuses to send a copy. Well then, it’s really no problem to keep my money.

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