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This rich and creamy Swedish meatball sauce recipe is one you must add to your repertoire. It comes together in about 10 minutes and will be the perfect accompaniment to Swedish meatballs.

Swedish Meatball Sauce in a jar

Swedish Meatball Sauce

Traditionally Swedish meatballs are served with lingonberry jam but here in the U.S. we enjoy them swimming in a rich brown gravy.

There are several different variations of the gravy also. Some use cream of mushroom while others use sour cream. Some call for sherry or cooking wine.

We settled on a simpler recipe that you can modify to your liking. That’s a theme we have around here.

Make it simple and give you variations to try.

We like this version best because it’s flavorful but uses ingredients that are simple and that are probably already in your kitchen.

So whip up your favorite Swedish meatball recipe and drown them in our sauce!

If you enjoy gravy recipes, try my Hawaiian brown gravy and country white gravy. It’s similar to this one!

Swedish Meatball Sauce with Meatballs Overhead

Swedish Meatball Sauce Ingredients:

To make this Swedish meatball sauce recipe, you will need:

  • Butter: Use unsalted butter because the beef broth is pretty salty
  • Flour: Combines with the butter to make a roux that will thicken the sauce
  • Beef broth: You can use low sodium if you wish
  • Brown Sugar: Just a couple teaspoons
  • Heavy cream: We like to use all heavy cream instead of sour cream
  • Black pepper: Freshly cracked is best but use what you have
Swedish Meatball Sauce Recipe Ingredients

How to Make Swedish Meatball Sauce:

To make this homemade Swedish meatball sauce, simply…

  1. Make a roux. Whisk flour into melted butter and cook until it turns light brown.
  2. Add broth and brown sugar. Slowly whisk in the broth and brown sugar then simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cream and black pepper. Slowly stir in the cream and pepper then simmer for another 5 minutes.
  4. Use immediately or let cool and refrigerate for later use.
Swedish Meatball Sauce Overhead

Swedish Meatball Sauce Variations:

There are quite a few ways you can doctor up this Swedish meatball sauce recipe.

  • Add Worcestershire sauce: 2 teaspoons will make the sauce more flavorful
  • Add soy sauce: 2 teaspoons will add more flavor
  • Add dijon mustard: 1 teaspoon will spice up the sauce nicely
  • Add coconut aminos: 2 teaspoons will enhance the sauce the way Worcestershire sauce does
  • Add sour cream: Add ½ cup in addition to the heavy cream or use 1 cup of sour cream in place of the heavy cream.
  • Add shallots: Sauté a minced shallot before making the roux.
  • Add cream of mushroom soup: Whiskin in a can of cream of mushroom in step 3.
Swedish Meatball Sauce Closeup

How to Store Swedish Meatball Sauce:

Refrigerate – Cool for 1 hour then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat over low heat and add a little cream if the sauce is too thick.

Freeze – Cool for 2 hours then transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat over low heat and add a little cream if the sauce is too thick.

You might also want to try our chicken marsala sauce, butter chicken sauce, and copycat mumbo sauce. Enjoy!

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Yield: 1 and ½ cups

Swedish Meatball Sauce

Swedish Meatball Sauce Recipe Image

This rich and creamy Swedish meatball sauce recipe is one you must add to your repertoire. It comes together in about 10 minutes and will be the perfect accompaniment to Swedish meatballs.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 and ¾ cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. When the foaming subsides, add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until flour turns light brown, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Slowly whisk in the broth followed by the brown sugar and bring to simmer.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the sauce is reduced to 1 cup, about 5 minutes. 
  5. Stir in the cream and pepper then return to a simmer and let cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Server over freshly cooked meatballs.

Make ahead tip

  1. Refrigerate – Cool for 1 hour then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. 
  2. Freeze – Cool for 2 hours then transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. 
  3. Reheat over low heat and add a little cream if the sauce is too thick.

Notes

Try these variations:

  • Add Worcestershire sauce: 2 teaspoons will make the sauce more flavorful
  • Add soy sauce: 2 teaspoons will add more flavor
  • Add dijon mustard: 1 teaspoon will spice up the sauce nicely
  • Add coconut aminos: 2 teaspoons will enhance the sauce the way Worcestershire sauce does
  • Add sour cream: Add ½ cup in addition to the heavy cream or use 1 cup of sour cream in place of the heavy cream.
  • Add shallots: Sauté a minced shallot before making the roux.
  • Add cream of mushroom soup: Whiskin in a can of cream of mushroom in step 3.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

¼ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Nutritional values here on our recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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5 Comments

  1. This sauce is fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I loved this sauce! It went too quickly for me to enjoy it more fully, but it was the perfect complement to the vegetarian Swedish meatballs (made with plant-based veggie crumbles) I had made. What might have given this sauce its special flavor was my substitution of vegetable stock for beef stock (I’m a vegetarian) and my addition of Dijon mustard and tamari sauce (it was what I had). I hope to make this sauce again someday. Thank you!

    5 stars!

  3. I doubled your recipe and used it with Swedish meatells an egg noodles…delicious!
    What a tasty and simple recipe for any time during the week! Thank you!

  4. I wanted to like it after seeing so many positive reviews, but unfortunately it was really bland. I did add worcestershire, which helped with the blandness, but the resulting flavor was not at all appealing.

    2 stars.

    1. Sorry to hear you were not a fan. We understand everyone’s pallet is different and we hope this doesn’t discourage you from trying some of our other recipes.