Are you looking for a delicious, low-carb version of your favorite classic meatball dish? Look no further; we have the perfect recipe for you! This Keto Swedish Meatballs recipe gives all the flavor and comfort food satisfaction you're craving without any of the guilt. Not only is this dish incredibly flavorful, but it's also easy to make in just a few simple steps.
Plump, juicy Keto Swedish Meatballs are the best comfort food ever. Homemade gravy finishes the meatballs and gives them that little bit of extra goodness. Each time you make this recipe, you end up with a huge amount of gluten-free, grain-free, low carb, and keto-friendly meatballs!
I need to give you all a warning...when making these keto meatballs, your house is going to smell delicious. That's why I recommend keeping some healthy fresh veggies to snack on while you are waiting because you are going to be starving as soon as the aroma hits your nose.
Anytime I go to Ikea I have to get some of their meatballs! Those are what this recipe is inspired by. I used to think that making Swedish meatballs had to be complicated. Thankfully, I was wrong, and they are actually pretty simple to make. So, if you haven’t made them before and are on the fence, I highly recommend giving them a shot. You will be so glad that you tried these keto Swedish meatballs.
Swedish Meatball Ingredients
Meat - I like to use a combination of ground beef and ground pork. They pair nicely together and give the meatballs lots of flavor. You can use just one kind of meat if you’d rather.
Pork Rinds - Make sure the crushed pork rinds are finely ground, so they resemble bread crumbs to ensure you get the correct texture. Or use this Pork Panko to save a step!
Onion - Chop up any variety of onions to add to the Swedish meatballs recipe.
Garlic - I typically just use 1 clove, and it’s plenty, but you can certainly add more if you like them extra garlicky.
Heavy Cream - To get the creamiest flavor, heavy cream is a must. You could probably use coconut milk, but it’s going to have a coconut flavor. Half and half is ok as well but the sauce will be a little less creamy.
Egg - Just like any other meatball recipe, the egg is what binds the ingredients together so well.
Salt & Pepper - You are welcome to add more or less depending on your preference.
Swedish Cream Sauce Ingredients
And then for the sauce, I use a combination of butter, coconut flour, a combination of beef stock or beef broth and chicken broth or chicken stock, heavy cream, soy sauce, mustard, and xanthan gum (if it needs a little extra thickening). It’s delicious!
How To Make Keto Swedish Meatballs
This is one of my kids' favorite low carb recipes. And they don't even realize that this keto Swedish meatball recipe is healthy at all. The total time isn't too bad because you make the sauce in a pan you can add the meatballs too and serve from while the meatballs bake.
Step One: Heat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare your baking sheets with parchment paper or foil greased with olive oil or cooking spray.
Step Two: Combine both kinds of meat, pork rinds, onions, garlic, cream, egg, salt, and pepper together in a large mixing bowl.
Step Three: Form between 40-50 small meatballs and place them on the baking sheets.
Step Four: Bake for 20 minutes or until they are thoroughly cooked.
Step Five: While the meatballs are baking, you are going to prepare the keto Swedish meatball sauce. Begin by melting butter in a large skillet.
Then pour in the coconut flour and form a roux.
Pour in the broth, heavy cream, soy sauce, and mustard, then whisk. Simmer for around 10 minutes or until the sauce becomes thicker.
Step Six: If desired, slowly add xanthan gum if you want the gravy to be thicker.
Step Seven: Add the meatballs into the cream sauce and serve immediately.
Almond Flour - Sub in almond flour for the pork rind crumbs in the keto Swedish meatballs.
Dairy-free - Sub in coconut cream to make this recipe dairy-free.
Sauce - You can also try this sauce made with sour cream and cream cheese.
Dried Onion & Garlic - Sub in dried minced onion and dried chopped garlic to save on prep time. You could also use garlic powder and onion powder if you prefer.
Seasonings - I personally don't care for nutmeg or allspice but if you like it in your Swedish meatballs go ahead and add a pinch or two. Parsley is a nice garnish to add a little color. Dijon mustard will give the sauce an earthy note.
Protein - A combination of ground chicken and ground turkey work in place of ground beef and ground pork if you would rather use poultry.
I want these keto Swedish meatballs to become one of your favorite keto recipes, so I thought I would share a few ideas to help you along.
Don’t overwork the meat mixture. Once everything is combined, then you can start making meatballs. If you keep working it, then you will end up with dry and not very flavorful meatballs.
Use a cookie scoop. To make the meatballs all the same size, I recommend using a small cookie scoop and scooping right from the large bowl of meat mixture.
Do not overcook the meatballs. They end up tough if you do. So, use a meat thermometer and check the temperature. Remove them from the oven once they hit 165 degrees.
Meatballs are great for meal prepping. If you love to make food ahead of time, so it’s ready to go, be sure to add these meatballs to your list. They are delicious as leftovers!
Is It Okay To Cook the Meatballs On Stove?
Yes, if you prefer frying them in a skillet instead of baking, that is fine. Be sure to add some oil to a skillet and heat it over medium heat or medium-high heat. Cook until they are done all the way. Be sure to flip them frequently, so they don’t burn. They cook reasonably fast on the stovetop and should take around 10 minutes or so. But, you will need to do several batches or half the recipe.
What do I Serve with Keto Swedish Meatballs?
We enjoy this with a simple side of steamed vegetables like the green beans pictured. The sauce is so good I mop it up with whatever happens to be on my plate. Serving this over cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower or over zucchini noodles is another great choice for a low carb keto diet.
How Long Do Low Carb Swedish Meatballs Last?
The Swedish meatballs will last around 3-4 days when they are refrigerated. Keep them airtight and reheat in the microwave when you are ready to serve. They heat up rather quickly.
- Preheat oven to 400 and line to rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or greased foil.
- Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs.
- Form small meatballs and place on the prepared trays. You will get between 40 & 50 meatballs.
- Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the coconut flour and whisk to make a roux.
- Add the broths, cream, soy sauce, and mustard. Whisk until smooth. Simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened.
- If you would like to thicken the sauce further you can add ½ to 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum. When using xanthan gum I recommend adding it slowly.
- When the sauce is the desired thickness add the cooked meatballs. Serve immediately or keep warm over low heat with a lid.
Originally Published February 19, 2021. Revised and Republished December 19, 2022.