Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30)

Skip the trip to Ikea! These homemade Ikea Swedish meatballs are seriously, the most delicious and super easy Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs recipe ever, served with a perfectly rich and creamy gravy!

Yup, these Low Carb, Paleo and Whole30 meatballs are basically little balls of bliss, so make them tonight for your family or your next get-together, because they’re sure to be a major crowd pleaser! Check out the video below!

I love Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs because they’re SO EASY!

You don’t need to dirty a bunch of pans and dishes, and you don’t need to baby-sit the meatballs like you would on the stovetop.

Cooking Swedish Meatballs in the Instant Pot is a great way to save time!

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Close up shot of finished dish with gravy drizzled over and parsley sprinkled on top.

They’re also the most crowd-pleasing Whole30 meal ever.

But mostly, I love them because they remind me of my grandpa.

My grandma did most of the cooking in our family, because she’s a great cook! My granddad had a select few recipes up his sleeve, though, and Swedish Meatballs was one of them.

He jokingly dubbed them “German” meatballs, since he was a German guy making them. So this is Grandpa Charlie’s recipe, but updated and adapted it a bit.

Instant Pot Meatballs plated with zucchini noodles and mashed potatoes. The creamy gravy is being drizzled on top of the meatballs.

The biggest difference is that my Swedish Meatballs recipe is adapted to meet Low Carb, Paleo and Whole30 dietary restrictions.

And did I mention these are Instant Pot meatballs? My Instant Pot is the best time-saving kitchen appliance I own! Do you have one yet? I highly recommend it!

Swedish Meatballs FAQ

When I think of Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs, I think of their tiny little meatballs. I don’t make them quite that small, but I don’t make them big either. About two tablespoons of the mixture makes a meatball that’s sized just about perfect for two bites.

A collage showing how to make these meatballs. First, finely chop the onion and garlic. Then mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Form them into balls and set them aside until you're ready to cook.
There’s very little chopping involved in prepping this recipe, only the onion and the garlic. Once that’s done, just mix it up, form into balls, and you’re just minutes away from dinner!

Can I make Swedish Meatballs in my Slow Cooker?

  • Of course! Just brown the meatballs in a skillet first, then transfer them to the slow cooker. Make the gravy in the skillet, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom. Pour the gravy over the meatballs and cook on low for 4 hours.

How do I make Paleo Swedish Meatballs Sauce in the Instant Pot?

A collage showing step-by-step process to cook simple Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs. First, brown the meatballs, then cover and cook, then remove and simmer the gravy, then serve!
Use Sauté mode to brown the meatballs in batches, then set them aside while you make the gravy. Serve and enjoy!
  • It’s simple! You can whisk in the arrowroot powder, coconut cream, and seasonings while the Instant Pot is set to Saute mode.
  • ~OR~ make a slurry using Arrowroot Powder and a little of the cooking liquid from the Instant Pot (This helps prevent clumping). Then just whisk it in and give it a little time to simmer to work its magic!

Hang on, what is Arrowroot Powder?

  • Arrowroot Powder is a Paleo and Whole30 compliant ingredient that’s AMAZING to thicken soups, stews, and gravies!

What should I serve with Swedish Meatballs?

  • Paleo or Whole30: Serve with mashed potatoes and something green, like zucchini noodles.
  • Low Carb: Skip the mashed potatoes and substitute cauliflower mash. You could also serve it with spiralized summer squash or zucchini.

Can I Freeze Swedish Meatballs?

  • Yes, please do! Wait until they’re cool, then freeze them in an airtight or sealed container. They’ll be great for up to 4 months.

Can I make Swedish Meatballs in advance?

  • Yes, definitely! You can make the entire meal in advance, then just warm before you’re ready to eat them OR you can form the meatballs in advance, then cook them just before you’re ready to eat.

    Either way, it’ll be great!
Close up shot of meatballs after they've been cooked in the Instant Pot. The meatballs are being served with a silver spoon and are drizzled with the creamy gravy and sprinkled with fresh herbs.

Move over Ikea Meatballs, this recipe is way better!

My husband and I used to love hopping over to Ikea, and we would always pick up a plate of meatballs while we were. They’re delicious!

But these homemade meatballs are way better tasting (no offense, Ikea), plus they won’t leave you feeling gross afterward.

We don’t live near an Ikea anymore, but I don’t even mind! Now I can make Whole30 and Paleo Ikea meatballs in my own home with this recipe, and so can you!

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Paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs
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Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb)

This easy Swedish Meatballs recipe is unbelievably delicious, totally-family friendly, and really fast!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Swedish
Keyword Instant Pot, Meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 469 kcal


Swedish Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced (about 1/2 onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup beef stock or broth
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

To Brown the Meatballs

  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil

Creamy Gravy

  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Serve with

  • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp fresh dill
  • mashed potatoes or cauliflower optional
  • zucchini noodles optional


Make the Swedish Meatballs

  1. Finely dice the onion and the garlic. Lightly beat the eggs.

  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and gently mix together (be careful not to overmix it, so once it's combined well, stop.)

  3. Use your hands to form the meat mixture into balls, using about two tablespoons of the mixture per meatball.

Cook the Meatballs

  1. Set your Instant Pot to sautee mode. Once warm, heat the oil and ghee until it's shimmering.

  2. In batches, brown the meatballs on all sides, for about 2 minutes per side. Remove and set aside, then brown the next batch. Repeat until all the meatballs are browned.

  3. Return the meatballs to the Instant Pot and pour in the beef stock. Cover and set to High Pressure for 6 minutes.

  4. Use a Quick Release (QR) by turning the valve to allow the steam to quickly release.

  5. Using a slotted spoon, remove the meatballs and set them aside. Cover them to keep them warm.

    *Do not drain the liquid! This is the super flavorful liquid we'll use for the gravy!

Make the Gravy

  1. Set the Instant Pot to Saute mode. Whisk the coconut cream, seasonings and arrowroot powder into the liquid in the pot (or make a slurry with the arrowroot and then stir that in).

  2. Simmer for about 4-5 minutes, stirring, until thickened.


  1. Serve the meatballs with vegetables and drizzle with gravy. Sprinkle with fresh dill and parsley and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make the gravy:

  • You can whisk in the arrowroot powder, coconut cream, and seasonings while the Instant Pot is set to Saute mode.
  • ~OR~ make a slurry using Arrowroot Powder and a little of the cooking liquid from the Instant Pot (This helps prevent clumping). Then just whisk it in and give it a little time to simmer to work its magic!

For the Slow Cooker recipe adaptation, scroll up to the blog post FAQ section! 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 469 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 135mg45%
Sodium 643mg28%
Potassium 515mg15%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 82IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.