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What to Serve with Swedish Meatballs

Discover what to serve with Swedish meatballs, a savory main dish consisting of juicy meatballs simmered in creamy gravy. Whether you’re looking for traditional options or comfort-food favorites, there are plenty of side dishes to pair with Swedish meatballs.

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What are Swedish Meatballs?

Swedish meatballs, which are a popular dish across Europe, have an interesting origin story. They actually originated in Turkey and were enjoyed by King Charles XII during one of his travels. He was so fond of them that he decided to bring the recipe back with him to Sweden. Eventually, the dish became a household staple and a traditional part of holiday feasts.

Start with a Recipe for Swedish Meatballs

Our IKEA Swedish Meatballs Recipe served with mashed potatoes.

IKEA Swedish meatballs combine hand-mixed meatballs and a creamy béchamel sauce flavored with beef broth, fresh parsley, dried dill, and Worcestershire.

Traditional Sides

1. Lingonberry Jam

Two jars of lingionberry jam.

Lingonberry jam is similar to cranberry sauce but made with a Nordic berry, and it’s a classic side dish to pair with Swedish Meatballs.

Photo Credit: A Full Living

2. Pressgurka

Pressgurka arranged on a plate.

Pressgurka is a quick pickled salad that is a perfect combination of sweet and sour. Pair the cucumbers with savory dishes like lamb roast, short ribs, and meatballs.

More Sides to Serve with Swedish Meatballs

3. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes in a bowl.

Mashed potatoes are a creamy side dish that is simple to make and ready in less than 30 minutes. And the potatoes are the perfect way to scoop up the extra gravy from the meatballs. 

Photo Credit: Whole Food Soul Food Kitchen

4. Roasted Green Beans

Green beans and lemon wedges on a plate.

Roasted green beans feature fresh green beans coated in herb butter and roasted until tender and lightly browned. It’s a super easy side and an excellent way to enjoy green beans!

Photo Credit: Dinner at the Zoo

5. Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower in a bowl.

Mashed cauliflower is easy to make and a perfect low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes to serve with Swedish meatballs.

6. Swedish Potatoes

Swedish potatoes in a baking dish.

Enjoy an old-fashioned recipe passed down over generations – the creamy potatoes bake with a buttery breadcrumb topping to make Swedish potatoes.

Photo Credit: Simply Stacie

7. Baguette

A piece of crusty bread topped with butter.

This easy baguette recipe has a perfect texture and flavor. The crusty bread is chewy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Eat the bread with meals like Instant Pot beef stew and delicious meatballs.

Photo Credit: Simply Scrumptious

8. Fig Jam

An overhead view of our fig jam recipe in a jar on a plate with a spoon.

Make a simple, three-ingredient homemade fig jam as a replacement for lingonberry jam if you can’t find any.

9. Swedish Potato Salad

A serving dish of potato salad.

You will love this easy recipe for Swedish potato salad made with a tasty dressing consisting of creme fraiche, mayonnaise, and freshly chopped dill.

Photo Credit: Daisy & Me

10. Sourdough Garlic Bread

Crusty sourdough bread spread with garlic.

What dinner is complete without zesty garlic bread?

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If you enjoy these side dishes, pair them with one of these meatball recipes!

11. Sweet Potato Mash

Mashed vegetables in a serving dish.

Celeriac and sweet potato mash is a cozy comfort dish. It’s easy to make and packed with rosemary and garlic flavor.

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12. Butternut Squash

A plate of butternut squash.

Simmered in a soup or stew, added to puree, or served with Swedish meatballs, butternut squash is delicious! And this air fryer butternut squash side dish comes out crispy and caramelized! 

13. Zucchini Noodles

Zoodles in a bowl.

If you are looking for a healthy but delicious side dish, try zucchini noodles. Not only is this a tasty option but it is so easy to make.

Photo Credit: Eating on a Dime

14. Roasted Root Vegetables

A roasting pan of vegetables.

We’ve found the best combination of winter roasted root vegetables to prepare an easy, festive, and yummy side dish to serve with your favorite meals. All you need is fresh rosemary, garlic, olive oil, and salt.

Photo Credit: Six Hungry Feet

15. Broccoletti

Broccoletti in a serving bowl.

For a light side dish, saute long-stemmed broccoletti in olive oil with minced garlic, lemon zest, and simple spices.

16. Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes on a serving plate.

Make perfectly seasoned and irresistibly crispy roasted potatoes in the oven, and since they’re so versatile you can pair them with anything.

17. Braised Red Cabbage

Cabbage on a plate.

Spiced, braised red cabbage is perfect for winter and pairs well with warm, savory meals like Swedish meatballs.

Photo Credit: Jack Slobodian

18. Arugula Quinoa Salad

Arugula quinoa salad in a serving bowl.

Arugula quinoa salad combines peppery arugula and crispy quinoa with Italian seasoning with simple toppings to make a deliciously easy salad you’ll want to pair with everything.

19. Brussels Sprouts

Brussel sprouts in a serving dish.

Air fryer brussels sprouts are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, and you can serve them in less than an hour!

If you want to try another variation, you will love my air fryer smashed brussel sprouts.

20. Home Fries

A plate of air fryer home fries.

Air fryer home fries are ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish! They are the perfect quick side dish with meatballs and thick gravy.

21. Yorkshire Puddings

Keto Yorkshire puddings in a serving bowl.

Keto Yorkshire puddings are my take on a classic staple served fresh and topped with warm gravy – and they’re only three net carbs! Plus – they are gluten-free and perfect for sopping up all that gravy from the meatballs.

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