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Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

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Indulge in a taste of Sweden with our Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs! These tender meatballs, bathed in a savory gravy, offer a delightful blend of flavors and textures. With the convenience of the Instant Pot, you can enjoy this classic dish in a fraction of the time without compromising on taste. Get ready to savor a cozy, comforting meal that’s sure to become a family favorite!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Classic Comfort Food: These Sweedish meatballs deliver a cozy, hearty meal perfect for family dinners.
  • Efficient and Easy: The Instant Pot cuts down on cooking time without sacrificing flavor.
  • Creamy and Savory: Enjoy the rich, creamy sauce over meatballs for a satisfying taste.

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients needed to make the best Swedish Meatballs In the Instant Pot.

  • Frozen Beef Meatballs: The main attraction, providing a hearty, meaty flavor and satisfying texture.
  • White Onion: Adds a sweet, slightly sharp flavor that complements the beef perfectly.
  • Beef Broth: Enhances the meaty flavor of the dish and provides a savory liquid base for the sauce.
  • Heavy Cream: Gives the sauce a luxurious, velvety texture and rich flavor.
  • Cornstarch: Used to thicken the sauce, ensuring it clings to every meatball.
  • Cracked Black Pepper: Adds a warm, spicy note that pairs well with the robust flavors of the meatballs.
  • Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Paprika: Gives a smoky, slightly sweet note that adds complexity to the dish.
  • Water: Additional liquid for the pressure cooking process in the Instant Pot.
  • Rotini Pasta or Egg Noodles (Optional): Either provides a delicious, starchy base that soaks up the flavorful sauce.
  • Lingonberry Sauce: A traditional Swedish accompaniment, adding a sweet-tart contrast to the savory meatballs.
  • Fresh Parsley or Rosemary: Adds a finishing touch of fresh, herbal flavor and color.

How To Make Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

Here are the instructions for cooking Swedish meatballs in the electric pressure cooker.

Step One: Cook Pasta (Optional)

Cook Egg Noodles or Rotini pasta on the stove top. Drain and set aside. (Only do this if you plan to serve your meatballs with pasta).

Step Two: Place Frozen Meatballs Into Steamer Basket

Place steamer basket into the instant pot. Pour in 1 cup water. Add in meatballs. Place lid on instant pot. Set valve to sealed position.

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Step Three: Pressure Cook Meatballs

Cook on manual or high pressure for 6 minutes. Once the instant pot stops counting release pressure. Remove lid. Remove meatballs to a bowl and cover.

Step Four: Drain Liquid From Inner Pot

Drain juice from pot insert. Place insert back into the pot. Pour in beef broth and sliced onions. Set to saute mode.

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Step Five: Make Swedish Sauce Mixture

In a separate bowl, measure out your heavy cream, cornstarch and seasonings. Whisk to make a cornstarch slurry. This will thicken into a sauce-like gravy mixture.

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Step Six: Thicken Swedish Meatball Sauce

Pour the cornstarch slurry into the Instant Pot with the beef broth. Bring to a boil using the saute mode for about 5 minutes. As the Swedish meatball sauce beings to thicken, turn the Instant Pot off and let cook for a few minutes.

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Step Seven: Combine Meatballs With Swedish Meatball Sauce

Add meatballs to the pot and toss well. If serving with pasta or egg noodles add the cooked pasta to the Swedish sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Step Eight: Garnish And Serve

Serve your Swedish meatballs and Pasta dish into bowls and garnish with rosemary or fresh parsley for added flavor.

Your pressure cooker meatballs are now ready to serve.


Expert Tips

  • Be sure to serve this Instant Pot Sweedish Meatballs Recipe with Lingonberry jam for a tart and fruity twist on the traditional dish.


  • Ground Turkey: You can use ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef in this Swedish meatball recipe. Just note that the meatballs cooking time may need to be adjusted as ground turkey and chicken have a shorter cook time than beef.
  • Milk: You can use whole milk instead of heavy cream in the Swedish meatball sauce. However, it may not thicken as well and may not have as rich of a flavor. If using milk, consider adding cornstarch to help thicken the sauce.
  • Sour Cream: You can add sour cream or plain Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream in the Swedish meatball sauce. This will add a slight tanginess to the dish but can still provide a creamy texture to the sauce. it still tastes amazing and will make a great family dinner.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Storage: Refrigerate leftover Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs promptly in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Freeze in a labeled, freezer-safe container for 2-3 months to maintain quality.
  • Reheating from Refrigerated: Microwave: Cover and heat in 1-minute intervals until warmed.
  • Stovetop: Warm it up in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Reheating from Frozen: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Microwave or stovetop reheating methods ensure even heating.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

Wondering what to serve with these tender Swedish meatballs?


What Do Swedish Meatballs Taste Like?

Swedish Meatballs are a traditional dish in Sweden and are made with a mixture of ground beef and ground pork, bread crumbs, onion, egg, allspice, nutmeg and cream. The Swedish meatballs are coated in breadcrumbs before cooking and can be served as an appetizer or main course.

Swedish meatballs have a unique flavor thanks to the combination of spices (allspice and nutmeg) and creamy sauce. They’re savory, slightly sweet, and incredibly satisfying.

Classic Swedish meatballs are usually served with lingonberry sauce, which adds a tart and fruity flavor to the dish.

What Seasonings Are in Swedish Meatballs?

This Swedish meatball recipe includes paprika and onion for flavor. The creamy sauce also adds savory flavor to the dish. 

Do I Have to Use Frozen Meatballs for This Recipe?

No, you can use fresh meatballs or homemade meatballs for this recipe. Cook the meatballs in the Instant Pot using the same instructions. However, you will need to decrease your cooking to 5 minutes if using fresh instead of frozen meatballs.

Can I Add Worcestershire Sauce to Swedish Meatballs?

Yes, you can add a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the Swedish meatball sauce for added flavor. It is not traditional in the dish but can be a tasty addition.

Can I Cook Swedish Meatballs in the Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can also cook this Swedish Meatball recipe in the slow cooker or crock pot. Simply place all ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-3 hours until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

Best Substitute for Lingonberry Sauce?

If you cannot find lingonberry jam or sauce, raspberry jam or cranberry sauce can be good substitutes in this Swedish meatball recipe.

Additionally, a mix of equal parts orange marmalade and red wine vinegar can also work well as a substitute for the traditional lingonberry sauce.


Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs And Pasta

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

If you want to have a little twist with the taste of your usual pasta recipe, then try this Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs and Pasta Recipe now!


  • 1 bag homestyle beef meatballs
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 - 28 oz beef broth
  • 1 - 16 oz rotini pasta; cook as directed on the box.
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (add more as tasted)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 cup water


  1. Cook pasta on stove as directed on the box. Drain and set aside. This can be done as the meatballs are steaming. Place steamer basket into the instant pot. Pour in 1 cup water. Add in meatballs. Place lid on instant pot. Set valve to sealed position.
  2. Cook on manual or high pressure for 6 minutes. Once the instant pot stops counting release pressure. Remove lid. Remove meatballs to a bowl and cover. Drain juice from pot insert. Place insert back into the pot. Pour in beef broth and sliced onions. Set to sauté mode.
  3. In a liquid measuring cup whisk heavy cream, cornstarch, and seasonings. This will make the cornstarch slurry that will thicken the sauce like a gravy.
  4. our cornstarch slurry into the pot with he beef broth. Bring to a boil on sauté mode for about 5 minutes as it starts to thicken turn of pot and let cook for a few minutes. Add meatballs and pasta to the pot and toss well. Taste to see if more pepper or salt is needed.
  5. Serve with fresh rosemary for a little extra flavor. Your pressure cooker meatballs are now ready to serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1311mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g

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