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The Ultimate Keto Comfort Food on a cold day or a swinging party appetizer. Either way this low carb recipe will save you a trip to a European furniture store.

Are Swedish Meatballs even Swedish??

First of all Swedish meatballs were not created but a budget furniture store. Heck, the recipe doesn’t even originate from Sweden. Apparently they’re based off of a Turkish recipe by King Charles XII in the early 18th century. It doesn’t really matter where the original recipe came from. It only Matters that these Keto Swedish Meatballs are fantastic!!

Low Carb Swedish Meatballs don’t have to be Traditional.

In Sweden these meatballs are traditionally served with lingonberry Jam. I’m just going to pretend I’ve never heard of and omit completely. All That being said, I don’t mind bastardizing this recipe to suite my ketogenic lifestyle. My rule with food is there are no rules. Create food that meats your needs. I like to add and subtract ingredients to fit my dietary needs as well as my palate.

Keto Swedish Meatballs

I like to Create Depth of flavor through Spices.

This recipe does have a lot of ingredients but its because I wanted to create a depth of flavor using spices. I love using spices to add flavor without changing the macros drastically. Each meatball recipe I create has different profiles using different combinations of flavors. Its amazing how different you can make a recipe by just changing the spice profile. Spiceology is a company that I’ve fallen in love with. All of there spices are ground fresh and the quality is superior to anything I’ve purchased off the shelf at my local grocery store. The company is chef owned and operated and most importantly their packaging is bad ass!!!

You will find it retains the familiar flavor profile that you are used to. The bread crumbs normally found in most meatballs are added to bulk up the size and can be replaced with other more flavorful ingredients to keep the carbs at bay. This sauce is thickened with cream cheese instead of making a roux with butter and flour. The addition of sour cream at the end gives the sauce a rich tangy finish.

Swedish meatballs are often thought of as that lame appetizer. Something that’s should be served in fondue sets in the seventies. However, I think you’ll find that placing these tasty bites over some cauliflower purée and topping with a silky mushroom sauce takes this dish from a first course afterthought to the center of attention at your dinner table. Either way these meatballs have amazing texture and don’t fall short in the flavor department.

Looking For More Keto Meatball Recipes??

My love of meatballs is real. I have a Classic Italian Meatball recipe as well as a Vietnamese Bahn Mi Meatball Lettuce Cups. If you want a great appetizer you can try my Cajun BBQ Sausage Meatballs perfect for tailgates or entertaining. I’m sure Ill have plenty more keto friendly meatball recipes in the future so please stay tuned and sign up for my email list to stay updated on my latest recipes. I just wanted to thank everyone for the feedback and trying out recipes from this page. If you have any recipe ideas or ingredients you’d like me to try please let me know.

Keto Swedish Meatballs

Keto Swedish Meatballs

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Meal Prep
Cuisine: American, Swedish
Keyword: Ikea, Meatballs, Mushrooms, Swedish
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Culinary Lion



  • 2 oz cans of stem & pieces mushrooms
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 beef bouillon
  • cup water
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • ½ diced white onion
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • Season aggressively w/ black pepper


  • Preheat oven on convection if available to 400 degrees F
  • In a large mixing bowl combine all meatball ingredients then portion on a sheet pan. Depending on how big you make them you’ll get anywhere from 24-36.
  • Bake meatballs for 25-30 minutes until fully cooked.
  • To make the sauce sweat onions over medium heat with butter until softened.
  • Add mushrooms and sauté for about a minute.
  • Add water, bouillon and Worcestershire to deglaze the pan, then add heavy cream and cream cheese.
  • Whisk sauce until it has thickened and cream cheese is fully incorporated.
  • Taste sauce and add salt if needed, add black pepper and parsley before whisking in sour cream just before serving.


Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 396mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 940IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2.5mg
Nutrition Facts
Keto Swedish Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 475 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 182mg61%
Sodium 513mg22%
Potassium 396mg11%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 940IU19%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Kelli

    5 stars
    Made this tonight with a few substitutions with what I had on hand and it turned out fantastic and flavorful!

    1. Culinarylion

      Fantastic, I have quite the spice cabinet and sometimes I get carried away. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!!! thank you so Much!!!

  2. kristen lamarr

    What would you consider a serving ?

    1. Culinarylion

      It depends on how big you make the Meatballs, If you do small 2 oz Meatballs it ends up being 3-4 per serving but if you do bigger 4oz Meatballs it’s only 1-2 per serving

  3. Molly E Thomas

    5 stars
    The cream cheese in it takes it to a whole new level!

    1. Culinarylion

      Yes!! Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate the support!!

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