Easy Paleo Swedish Meatballs

If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy meal that’s also easy to make, look no further than Paleo Swedish Meatballs! These meatballs are a twist on the classic Swedish dish, but with a paleo-friendly twist. Made with real-food ingredients, gluten-free, and dairy-free, they are perfect for anyone following a paleo or Whole30 diet.

The creamy gravy made with coconut milk is the perfect complement to the juicy meatballs, and the dairy-free mashed potatoes make for a comforting and hearty meal. These meatballs are also great for meal prep, as they can be made in advance and reheated for a quick and easy meal.

Whether you’re a fan of Swedish cuisine or just looking for a tasty and healthy meal, Paleo Swedish Meatballs are sure to be a hit!

Paleo Swedish Meatballs

Paleo Swedish Meatballs

I will admit to adoring things from IKEA. Some things. The meatballs? That sorta fell off the good list some point since my 20s, which wasn’t that long ago!

The IKEA Swedish meatballs at one point used to be a favorite. But on a recent visit, they weren’t nearly the same as I remembered. I don’t think they changed the recipe for bad, it’s just clear that my tastes have evolved away from the spongy meat foams into a healthier and tastier version. Paleo Swedish Meatballs.

The shopping trip wasn’t for the meatballs, we were after a kitchen island counter for extra workspace and storage. IKEA had the only black and wooden one that didn’t come with an obscene price tag, which I do appreciate greatly.

Gotta love that extra counter space! Especially when making these homemade IKEA meatballs…on IKEA furniture. It’s only fitting.

A blend of ground pork and beef sauteed garlic and onions, and aromatic spices with every bite! These meatballs not only deliver a burst of hearty and savory flavor, but also are a healthier version from the overly processed IKEA balls.

And what would the balls be without the creamy gravy? Yes, I made a Paleo version of that too. Creamy and a little peppery sauce from coconut milk and butter bathes over the meatballs for a delectable bite.

And, of course, pair it with mashed potatoes and a dollop of lingonberries. (OK, a jar of lingonberries was one thing I bought from the IKEA food store).

The meatballs are fried, but they can also be baked at the same time and temperature as my lamb meatballs. As messy as it can be, I do prefer the frying method for these.

A delicious and hearty dish like this will more than satisfy the inevitable hunger that comes after assembling IKEA furniture. I did a little assembly on my plate with the traditional mashed potato and lingonberry sides.

Pure and wicked good Paleo Swedish Meatballs and gravy, IKEA not believe how amazing these are!

Easy Paleo Swedish Meatballs

Recipe by Matt Roberts

About 30 Meatballs



  • For the Meatballs
  • 1 lb Ground Beef

  • 1 lb Ground Pork

  • 2 Egg Yolks

  • 1 Tablespoon of Parsley

  • 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt

  • 1 teaspoon of Black Pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon of Cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon of Nutmeg

  • ⅛ teaspoon of Ground Cloves

  • ¼ Sweet Onion, finely minced

  • 1 Garlic Glove, finely minced

  • 1½ Tablespoon of Lard or Cooking Fat

  • For the Gravy
  • ¼ Sweet Onion, finely minced

  • 1 Garlic Clove, finely minced

  • 1 14 oz Can of Full-Fat Coconut Milk

  • 2 cups of Beef Broth

  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter (or Ghee)

  • 1 teaspoon of Black Pepper

  • 3 Tablespoons of Tapioca Flour

  • Salt to taste


  • For the Meatballs
  • Combine the beef, pork, egg yolks, parsley, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl.
  • Heat a skillet to medium and add ½ Tablespoon of lard/cooking fat.
  • Add the minced onion and garlic and stir-fry for a minute. Add to the meat bowl.
  • Mix the contents of the bowl until well blended.
  • Form about 2 Tablespoons worth into a ball.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet to medium and add the rest of the lard/cooking fat.
  • Add about ten balls to the skillet and cook for about 8-10 minutes, continuously rotating each ball, until they are nice and browned.
  • Remove the balls and place in a strainer to drain. Repeat cooking the balls in a few more batches.
  • For the Gravy
  • Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook for about a minute.
  • Add the coconut milk, broth, butter, and pepper.
  • Whisk and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tapioca flour one tablespoon at a time and whisk until dissolved. If the gravy clumps then transfer the contents to a blender and blend. Taste and add salt if desired.
  • Remove from heat and return the meatballs to the sauce.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam.

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