Best Easy Swedish Meatballs (Crockpot & Instant Pot) Frozen meatballs make these savory Swedish Meatballs an effortless recipe to prepare as a classic party snack or comforting main dish.

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Why We Love This Best Crockpot Meatball Recipe

We love making meatballs around the holidays, like these Turkey Meatballs in Orange Glaze or Homemade Meatballs in Apple Glaze. Tender, savory meatball morsels are easy to prepare and perfect for enjoying in so many different ways… Particularly at potlucks and big family gatherings. They help to bring everyone together with their warm, comforting appeal.

This Easy Swedish Meatballs recipe is meant to be quick to prep and set in either a slow cooker or Instant Pot. We used frozen meatballs for convenience. However, fresh-made meatballs are always delightful, so we included our recipe for that as well below.

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The Best, Easiest Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Do you remember enjoying wonderfully tangy, slightly salty Swedish Meatballs at holiday parties when you were a kid?

When I first tried to recreate this crave-able flavor as an adult, it seemed to fall short of my expectations. Something about the canned soup traditionally used to make the gravy just seemed lacking….

After some thorough testing, I have found the best flavor does not come from canned soup mixed into the sauce. Instead, a packet of dried onion soup mix in a simple cream-based gravy creates a more robust flavor that everyone raves about!

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What Ingredients You Need

Classic Swedish Meatballs have a deep, rich savoriness that make them seem like they must include lots of complex components. But actually there are only a handful of easy-to-find, simple ingredients in our best Swedish Meatballs!

Here is everything you need to make the easiest Swedish Meatballs recipe:

  • Meatballseither home-style frozen, or check out our easy homemade meatball recipe below
  • Beef brothor beef bouillon and water
  • Half & halffor a rich and creamy meatball gravy
  • Onion soup/dip mixadds just the right tanginess you crave
  • Cornstarch to thicken the sauce
  • Worcestershire sauceessential for that perfectly salty, savory classic Swedish Meatball flavor
  • Seasoningsgarlic powder, dried thyme, black pepper, and ground nutmeg
  • Parsleyfor garnishing

How to Make Swedish Meatballs in the Crock-Pot or Instant Pot

Whichever cooking method you choose, this Swedish Meatballs recipe is incredibly easy to make!

  1. Frozen meatballs are placed in the crock of the slow cooker or steel pressure cooker pot, and the remaining ingredients are combined together in a separate bowl to quickly make a creamy sauce.
  2. Pour the tangy, savory gravy over the meatballs, and you’re ready to get cooking!
  3. In the crockpot, Swedish Meatballs cook for 3-4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.
  4. If using an Instant Pot, these meatballs are pressure cooked on high for 8 minutes, with a natural steam release.
  5. When getting ready to serve, sprinkle on fresh chopped parsley, if you like.

Get the Complete (Printable) Easy Swedish Meatballs Recipe Below – with Crockpot and Instant Pot Instructions!

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How To Enjoy These Crockpot Meatballs

Zesty, juicy Swedish Meatballs are best enjoyed when warm.

They are scrumptious to serve with toothpicks or skewers at parties, and as a fun appetizer before family dinner.

Or, make them the star of the meal by serving as a hearty main course on a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

However you decide to prepare and enjoy, these classic Swedish Meatballs are sure to be your new favorite dish!

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How to Make Homemade Meatballs from Scratch

Don’t have (or prefer not to use) frozen meatballs? You can quickly make a batch of juicy, delicious meatballs from scratch!

Here are the ingredients you need for homemade meatballs:

  • Ground beef
  • Ground pork sausage
  • Bread crumbs
  • Grated onion
  • Garlic
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Salt

To make meatballs, follow these simple steps:

  1. Combine the ingredients listed above in a large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Roll the mix into 1 inch balls, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake the meatballs in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until browned on the outside and fully cooked on the inside.

They are now ready to be turned into tender Swedish Meatballs using our recipe below!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will they last in the fridge?

When properly stored in an airtight container, these meatballs can stay fresh in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can warm them up on the stovetop or in the microwave. 

Can I freeze these crockpot meatballs?

This recipe does okay in the freezer, but over time the cream could cause the sauce to turn grainy. It’s best to enjoy them fresh or reheated after refrigeration. If you do end up storing them in the freezer in an airtight container, they can last up to 6 months. 

Can I use other meats for the meatballs?

Of course! Feel free to use any other meat that you would like and that your dietary restrictions will allow you to use for these easy Swedish meatballs.

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Easy Swedish Meatballs (Crockpot & Instant Pot)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Best Easy Swedish Meatballs – Use frozen meatballs to make the easiest savory Swedish Meatballs recipe in a Crockpot or Instant Pot!
Servings: 12 servings



In the Crockpot:

  • Set out a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Pour the frozen meatballs into the crock.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the beef broth, half & half, onion soup mix, cornstarch, Worcestershire sauce, and all spices. Mix well. Pour the sauce mixture over the meatballs.
  • Cover the slow cook, and set on LOW for 7-8 hours, or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Stir and serve warm with a sprinkling of chopped parsley.

In the Instant Pot:

  • Set out a 6 quart Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Pour in the frozen meatballs.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the beef broth, half & half, onion soup mix, cornstarch, Worcestershire sauce, and all spices. Mix well. Pour the sauce mixture over the meatballs.
  • Lock the lid into place and set on Pressure Cook High for 8 minutes. Perform a Natural Release. Once the steam button has dropped it’s safe to open the Instant Pot. Stir, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve warm.



Homemade Meatballs Recipe:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Combine the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until smooth. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Then use as directed above.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 238kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 309mg, Potassium: 301mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 77IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, dinner, Main, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Swedish
Author: Sommer Collier
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