5 from 5 votes
Swedish Meatball Sauce
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

A Swedish Meatball Sauce Recipe for a velvety smooth, savory sauce speckled with warm spices and a hint of tang! It comes together quick and easy on the stovetop in just 15 minutes, and it’s perfect for homemade meatballs or frozen meatballs!

Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American, Swedish
Keyword: Swedish Meatball Sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 120 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups unsalted beef broth (low-sodium beef broth works as well)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (preferably freshly ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  1. Add the butter to a large sauté pan over medium heat and allow it to melt. As soon as the butter has melted, add the flour and whisk for 1-2 minutes.

  2. Add the beef broth one big splash at a time, whisking well after each addition. Once the mixture resembles the texture of pudding, you can go ahead and add all the remaining broth and whisk to combine. All the mixture to simmer for about 3 minutes, just until slightly thickened.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients, whisk, and all the mixture to come back to a simmer. Then, allow to simmer 5 minutes more.

Recipe Notes


To serve as an hors d'oeuvres, add meatballs (homemade or frozen) to a crock pot, pour over the sauce, stir, and keep on the warm setting.


To serve as a dinnertime entree, spoon the sauce over meatballs with a side of pasta or mashed potatoes.

Nutrition Facts
Swedish Meatball Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.38 cup)
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 438mg19%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 284IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.