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Norwegian Meatballs


There are many recipes that Norwegians consider as a national dish. Norwegian meatballs might be the one many of the elderly would say was their favorite. We say you have to go home to mom’s meatballs to feel at home in Norway. Every recipe is a little different, but consist of mostly the same ingredients. It’s important for a Norwegian household to have their special recipe. I’ve looked through my family recipes and modernized the tastes for this recipe, including a little more spiciness with cayenne pepper, and I use heavy cream instead of milk.


European Measurements

  • 400g ground beef
  • 3 tbsp. corn flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 dl. heavy cream
  • 100g butter for frying

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  1. Add ground beef to a mixer
  2. Add corn flour, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
  3. Mix quickly and add heavy cream.
  4. Continue mixing for a minute.
  5. Melt butter in a frying pan.
  6. Scoop meatballs with a tablespoon and fry them at med-high
  7. Brown meatballs on all sides until they are cooked through.
  8. When you are done frying, set the meatballs to the side on a plate or just in the pan.
  9. Make the meatball sauce.
  10. Add the meatballs in with the sauce, and keep at low temperature.
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Summary Traditional Norwegian meatballs, that has a little kick. Combined with a special brown sauce and the correct vegetables. Great taste and really flavorful. Most Norwegians would love this meal.


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  1. Nikki

    My husband thanks you (not really) for a trip to Ikea for the lingonberry sauce just so he can try these. Every silver lining has a cloud. Thanks as always !

    • ChefNorway

      Happy moments for everyone is why I do this! Hope you bought a small portion of lingonberry so you have to visit Ikea again before christmas!

  2. Heather Wood

    Thank you for this recipe. I enjoyed it alot. I did however add a couple teaspoons of beef bouillon to the gravy because it was just a little bland in flavor for me. But did enjoy it greatly. Very good. 5 star recipe for meatballs!

    • ChefNorway

      You’re right Heather, beef bouillon would give it a good gravy taste. I personally just have lots of butter when frying the meatballs and then is left with a little extra “bouillon”. However great comment 😀

      Hope you try more of my recipes and comments. I’m always up for improving them.

  3. Wanda omland

    Tried the meat sauce. It’s as close to my father-in-law’s recipe I’m going to get. Thank you. Delicious??. He took his recipes to the grave. From Oslo, a Merchant Marine, the best Norwegian Cook. I’ll be trying out more of your recipes. Thank you…

    • ChefNorway

      So happy you found something here you like. I’m currently working on making the current recipes better and maybe in a cookbook format so let me know if you have other questions.


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