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Swedish Meatballs (A Family Recipe!) 🇸🇪 gluten free & keto

These gluten free and keto Swedish meatballs are a terrific spinoff of a family recipe. Think juicy and incredibly flavorful meatballs, bathed in a creamy and luscious gravy!

Traditional gluten free & keto Swedish meatballs in a cast iron pan
Gluten Free & Keto Swedish Meatballs

Gluten Free & Keto Swedish Meatballs

A Family Recipe!

This is a keto spinoff of a traditional family recipe for Swedish meatballs (not my family, we’re Dutch/Mexican!… but a friend’s grandmothers recipe). And let me tell you that it’s as legit as they come.

Always a plus is that they’re easy-peasy to whip up and they make epic leftovers.  Oh, and our (actually good!) mashed cauliflower comes highly suggested for these guys!

And yup, these are essentially ‘IKEA meatballs‘! But, perhaps unsurprisingly, they’re much (much!) better when homemade.

Gluten free & keto Swedish meatballs with almond flour
Gluten Free & Keto Swedish Meatballs

‘The Breadcrumbs’

As you know, meatballs traditionally employ breadcrumbs for best texture… so to keto-fy these Swedish meatballs you’ve got a few options:

  • actual keto breadcrumbs via our soft ‘n fluffy sandwich bread. Works great… though obviously not too practical, and you may not want to transform your hard work into crumbs…!
  • crushed pork rinds! these work surprisingly well in lie of bread crumbs… as in very little discernible difference (i.e. no after taste and they’re my top choice!!)! A lot of you ask me for brands, and I’ve loved the new baked variety from Epic (which have 40% less calories btw!). Because they’re not fried in lard, they’re drier and resemble panko crumbs so very much.
  • or simply throw in some almond flour if keeping things kosher! I’ve done it plenty and it works the charm. I found the almond flour to add a lovely depth of flavor, but they were quite a bit more fragile than with pork rinds (but tbh I didn’t find it to be a biggie at all!).

Keto Swedish meatballs over a bed of mashed cauliflower
Gluten Free & Keto Swedish Meatballs
Keto Swedish meatballs in a skillet
Gluten Free & Keto Swedish Meatballs

Traditional keto Swedish meatballs

Gluten Free & Keto Swedish Meatballs

Course: Main
Cuisine: European
Keyword: gluten free swedish meatballs, keto swedish meatballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 399 kcal

These gluten free and keto Swedish meatballs are a terrific spinoff of a traditional family recipe.  Think juicy and incredibly flavorful meatballs, bathed in a creamy and luscious gravy!  

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Ingredients

Serving suggestions

Instructions

  1. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a skillet or pan over medium heat. Add the onion, a pinch of salt, and sauté until it just begins to caramelize (6-8 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside to cool. 

  2. Add the ground meat, almond flour (or pork rind 'panko'), salt, spices, cooked onion, egg and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream to a large bowl. Mix everything thoroughly together using your hands and form into rounds (either 20 small-is ones or 14 large). 

  3. Heat up a touch of olive oil in your skillet over medium heat and cook the meatballs until brown all over and cooked through. You'll want to turn them around a few times so they cook evenly. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil while you make the sauce. 

  4. Add the remaining butter to the skillet and cook until it begins to brown (don't clean the meatball remnants as they add the flavor to the sauce!). Add in the broth, remaining heavy cream and mustard to deglaze the pan. Allow to simmer for a couple minutes and make a slurry out of your thickener of choice (i.e. mix it with a couple tablespoons of cold water prior to adding it to avoid clumping). Continue to simmer until the sauce just begins to thicken and taste for seasoning. 

  5. Add the meatballs back into the skillet, simmer for a couple more minutes and serve right away (think over a bed of mashed cauliflower!). 

Recipe Notes

* Or feel free to do half ground chuck half ground pork (my absolute favorite!)! 

**A few of you have had issues with reducing the sauce (i.e. cooking it down so it doesn't end up too thin). So start with 1 cup and add to taste! 

'The Breadcrumbs'

As you know, meatballs traditionally employ breadcrumbs for best texture... so to keto-fy these Swedish meatballs you've got a few options:

  • actual keto breadcrumbs via our soft 'n fluffy sandwich bread. Works great... though obviously not too practical, and you may not want to transform your hard work into crumbs...!
  • crushed pork rinds! these work surprisingly well in lie of bread crumbs... as in very little discernible difference (i.e. no after taste and they're my top choice!!)! A lot of you ask me for brands, and I’ve loved the new baked variety from Epic (which have 40% less calories btw!). Because they’re not fried in lard, they’re drier and resemble panko crumbs so very much.
  • or simply throw in some almond flour if keeping things kosher! I've done it plenty and it works the charm. I found the almond flour to add a lovely depth of flavor, but they were quite a bit more fragile than with pork rinds (but tbh I didn't find it to be a biggie at all!).
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free & Keto Swedish Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 133mg44%
Sodium 642mg27%
Potassium 319mg9%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 0.25g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 565IU11%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

55 comments

  1. Louise A says:

    Oh my Gosh, Paola – just made a batch of these and they are fan-flipping-tastic! Thank you.
    For others (particularly UK keto-ers) I made these with half beef, half pork, and some Porky Scratchings…… every other thing was the same as recipe…. other than I thickened with 2 teaspoons of chicken gravy granules…. yes, possibly not 100% Keto, or particularly healthy……. but divided amongst the dish as a whole, it’s really very little…….. and super tasty.
    Thank you again, Paola – this is a keeper! x

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