Instant Pot Swedish-Inspired Meatballs

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I love my Instant Pot. Mine is a 6 quart 7-in-1 multicooker that can saute, pressure cook, make yogurt, steam, cook eggs, among other things. I’ve had since 2016 when we bought our house and since then we bought a 3 quart and adopted another 6 quart. I love having multiple pots since I can cook so many things at once for meal prep or potlucks. If you haven’t purchased one, you should consider it!

There’s an Ikea just up the freeway from us. We don’t go often because it’s really an all-day thing. I once went on a lunch break to return an item and ended up staying there for almost 2 hours! On the days that we go, it’s just so hard look at some of the things. We have to look at all of the things!

There’s also the cafe. The wonderful delicious food at the cafe. If you’re an Ikea Family Member, you can get a mug of coffee for free and you can enjoy some lunch at the cafeteria which is conveniently placed on the second floor of the store where we live. I suppose they worked out that shoppers need energy to keep shopping, hence the cafeteria. Those sneaky Swedes!

One of my favorite things to eat as the Ikea cafeteria is Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce. So delicious! I can almost taste the flavorful sauce with the tender meatballs and the light sweetness of the lingonberry. You ever have that one thing that you just enjoy eating so much? That’s the Swedish meatballs at Ikea for me!

Also, I recently had some Swedish meatballs at a congregational meeting last month. I enjoy congregational meetings because we all get together to share some good food and talk church business. One of the ladies prepared Swedish meatballs and they were so delicious! The boys actually enjoyed a few pieces themselves, the picky eaters they are. Ever since that Sunday, I couldn’t get that meal out of my head. I needed to make some for myself!

This instant pot recipe for Swedish-Inspired meatballs is my take on the iconic dish. Lingonberry sauce is hard to find where I live, so I substitute cranberry sauce in its place. You’ll find that this recipe does meet the mark if you’re in the mood for some Swedish food, but not wanting to go to Ikea and not living in Sweden already. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Ingredients photo that includes: all purpose flour, garlic powder, salted butter, Dijon mustard, heavy whipping cream, frozen meatballs, chicken stock, and soy sauce.
Today’s cast of characters. Not pictured: salt and pepper and cranberry sauce.

The Dijon mustard was being a bit saucy for the group photo, LOL!

Equipment list:

  1. 6 quart Instant Pot
  2. Measuring cups
  3. Measuring spoons
  4. Wooden spoon
  5. Whisk
  6. Small bowl
  7. Soup ladle (the one that came with your Instant Pot works perfectly for serving)

Ingredients list:

  1. 2 cups chicken broth
  2. 1 package of your favorite meatballs* (check out the tip below)
  3. 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce (I only had the fully leaded version)
  4. 1/3 cup butter
  5. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  6. Garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste
  7. 1 cup heavy cream*
  8. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour*

*Tip: If you want or need to make this recipe gluten free, replace the all-purpose flour with arrowroot flour and read the packaging on your meatballs! We don’t have an issue with gluten, except for the fact that we love it so much (bread, cookies, pizza…), so I don’t mind that the Safeway Kitchens brand that I used has gluten. I also have no issue with using flour as the thickener.

*Tip #2: Always add major dairy products (milk, cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, etc.) in after the cooking cycle is done. Pressure cooking dairy makes it curdle and not as appealing at all. You’re better served mixing it in at the end.

Recipe instructions:

  1. Turn on the pot to saute and adjust to less by pressing “saute” and pressing the “adjust” button.
  2. Pour the chicken broth into the inner liner of your Instant Pot.
  3. Mix in Dijon, soy sauce, and garlic/salt/pepper to taste.
  4. Add desired amount of meatballs (I did about 20 ounces which was 20 meatballs).
  5. Close and lock the lid and set the valve to sealing.
  6. Select the “manual” or “pressure cook” button and using the +/- buttons, set the cook time to 5 minutes.
  7. Once the cooking cycle is over, let the pot naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure but moving the sealing knob to venting.
  8. Press the “keep warm/cancel” button and go back to saute mode. It should stay on the “less” setting.
  9. Carefully pour in the heavy cream and stir with the wooden spoon.
  10. Scoop out about one cup of the broth into a snack bowl and quickly whisk in the flour.
  11. Add the flour slurry to the pot, quickly stirring with the wooden spoon. Saute until thickened to your preference.
  12. Serve!

I had mine over rice with some canned cranberry sauce. Pretty tasty.

Swedish meatballs on Jasmine rice with a little cranberry sauce.
Should’ve added some parsley, but I’m a home chef, so… 💁🏾‍♀️

Nutrition Information:

675 calories, 16 grams protein, 63 grams carbohydrates, 40 grams of fat. 1 serving is five meatballs with about a half cup of sauce. Tasty, but not for every dinner!

Let me know what you like to eat Swedish meatballs with or if you have any variations I should consider. If you have any suggestions for other meatball recipes you want me to try on the Instant Pot, let me know in the comments below. And if you like this recipe, hit the like and subscribe so you keep up to date with what I post. Share with your friends, too!

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Buen provecho! – Sami B.

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