If you’re wondering what to serve with your Swedish meatballs, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 21 of the most popular side dishes for Swedish meatballs.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with Swedish meatballs are mashed potatoes, garlic butter noodles, Greek lemon rice, creamed kale, and Jansson’s temptation. Try to serve braised red cabbage, Danish cucumber salad, green bean almondine, and cauliflower-parsnip puree for healthier options.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Mashed potatoes and Swedish meatballs are iconic food pairings.
Imagine scooping those little meatballs and a boatload of gravy over your mashed potatoes?
Just the thought of it already makes my mouth water.
I usually like my mashed potatoes to be on the chunkier side, but when I’m making it to go with Swedish meatballs, I want them to be smooth and velvety.
This creamy mashed potato recipe calls for heavy cream to make it extra rich and creamy.
Don’t forget to smear a knob of butter on top!
Pro-Tip: Complete your meal with a dollop of lingonberry jam.
Garlic butter noodles
What’s better than mashed potatoes and Swedish meatballs?
Swedish meatballs over a bed of garlicky butter noodles.
Sounds tempting, right?
You can use any variety of pasta you like, but I recommend going with egg noodles. Their wide shape allows the gravy to coat the noodles better.
This Swedish meatballs and garlic butter noodles combination is the epitome of comfort food.
It’ll leave you happily full and most likely in need of a nap.
You’ll only need 20 minutes to prepare and cook these quick and easy garlic butter noodles.
Greek lemon rice
Try this Greek lemon rice if you want a more filling dish to go with your Swedish meatballs.
This dish is a rice pilaf flavored with lemons and Mediterranean herbs.
The resulting dish is fresh and zesty rice pilaf.
This pilaf is made with chicken broth, but you can swap it with vegetable broth if you’re serving plant-based Swedish meatballs instead.
Do you want your Greek lemon rice to have a lovely yellow hue? Add turmeric to your cooking broth to achieve this.
Danish cucumber salad
This Danish cucumber salad is a fresh side dish you can whip up at a moment’s notice.
This salad provides you with a crisp and refreshing bite to undercut the richness of your gravy-coated Swedish meatballs.
It also has a sweet and tart flavor combination that will tickle your tastebuds.
Serve this Danish cucumber salad alongside your Swedish meatballs for a perfectly balanced bite.
Pro-Tip: Use a mandolin to get thin, delicate cucumber slices.
Braised red cabbage
Are you serving Swedish meatballs in the wintertime?
This braised red cabbage dish is the perfect side for your Swedish meatballs when the weather is cold.
It features shredded red cabbage, apple, and onions simmered in an apple cider and vinegar mixture.
You can cook this dish down to your preferred texture.
If you still want your cabbage to have a crunch to contrast the soft meatballs, cook it for less time.
Get your braised red cabbage with onions and apple recipe here.
This dish, also known as Jansson’s frestelse, is served alongside Swedish meatballs during Christmas dinner.
It’s a casserole made with julienned potatoes, onions, sprats, and cream.
Make this dish to go with your Swedish meatballs for a truly indulgent meal.
If you’re not a fan of brined fish, take a cue from Nigella and swap it for a sprinkle of parmesan.
It’s not 100% authentic, but at least you’ll get to enjoy the dish!
Green bean almondine
Green bean almondine is a quick and delicious dish you can prepare to go with your Swedish meatballs.
Even the most ardent green bean haters might have to think twice about their feelings when they taste this dish.
The green beans in this dish are crisp and buttery, with a hint of lemon in every bite.
They’re also topped with almonds toasted in brown butter.
You want to serve this dish immediately so you can enjoy the crunchy textures from the green beans and almonds with your meatballs.
This recipe from Foodie Crush will get your green bean almondine to your table in under 10 minutes.
Smoked sausage skillet
Smoked sausages are another dish that’s usually served on Christmas day.
They’re served together with Swedish meatballs in the hot course portion of the meal.
Aside from sausages, it has potatoes and bell peppers.
Pair this with your Swedish meatballs to make a complete meal.
This mouthwatering smoked sausage and potato skillet comes together in just one pot – less mess and more time for you to eat!
Spicy bourbon-glazed carrots
These spicy bourbon-glazed carrots are not your usual glazed carrots.
The addition of bourbon and cayenne pepper gives this dish a flavor boost guaranteed to be a hit with your Swedish meatballs.
Worried about the alcohol? Don’t fret!
You won’t be able to taste the bourbon because it gets cooked out.
Check out these spicy bourbon-glazed carrots today!
Keep it simple by serving dinner rolls with your Swedish meatballs.
You can use your dinner rolls to soak up the gravy from your plate…
Or you can load them up with your meatballs for a fun and quick slider.
Dinner rolls are readily available in your local store or bakery, but you can also opt to bake them yourself (it’s really worth it!).
They are one of the easiest types of bread to make for beginners.
All you really need is to stick to a tried and tested recipe for guaranteed success.
Grumpy’s Honeybunch has an excellent recipe for fluffy dinner rolls.
Mashed potatoes are indeed amazing with Swedish meatballs.
But if you’re watching your calories and still want a rich and creamy accompaniment to your Swedish meatballs, try this cauliflower-parsnip puree instead.
It has all the goodness of creamy mashed potatoes without the added calories.
And it’s also dairy-free!
The secret? Boiling the cauliflower and parsnips in chicken broth.
It infuses the vegetables with tons of rich flavors.
Curious? Give this cauliflower-parsnip puree a shot and see for yourself.
Add a pop of bright color to your Swedish meatball meal with a serving of these stuffed peppers.
These bell peppers are stuffed with an Italian-spiced mixture of meat and rice before they go to the oven to bake.
I like to sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of each stuffed pepper.
Making a meat-free Swedish meatball dish?
Simply leave out the ground meat from this dish, and you’re good to go.
Don’t restrict yourself with the recipe for these stuffed peppers – get creative and use other tasty ingredients like Italian sausage and provolone cheese.
Cream of mushroom soup
Nothing screams comfort more than a piping hot bowl of cream of mushroom soup.
This mushroom soup has everything you’d want – earthy, tender mushrooms and a thick, velvety broth.
And the best part?
You won’t need to wait several hours for this soup to cook.
All the prep work and cooking gets done in just 40 minutes.
Pair this mushroom soup with a heaping serving of Swedish meatballs for the ultimate comfort meal.
This cream of mushroom soup recipe will have you swearing off canned mushroom soups for life.
Spice up your Swedish meatballs with a serving of fresh kimchi.
Contrary to traditional kimchi, fresh kimchi doesn’t have a funky smell that people may put some people off.
Instead, you get a light, crisp, and refreshing salad with a spicy kick to complement your Swedish meatballs.
Fresh kimchi involves no cooking – you just need to chop your vegetables and prepare the kimchi sauce.
Go on a culinary fusion adventure and try this quick kimchi recipe with your Swedish meatball dinner.
Asparagus is one of those vegetables that work well with any dish – Swedish meatballs included.
But, you do have to admit asparagus can get a little boring.
So why not switch it up by wrapping them in oh-so-delicious prosciutto?
These prosciutto-wrapped asparagus are so good that you may finish a whole plate by yourself.
Take it up a notch and drizzle on some gravy from your Swedish meatballs to make them even more flavorful.
These prosciutto-wrapped asparagus are fool-proof and super easy to make.
Creamed Kale, also known as långkål, is a staple Christmas dish in Sweden.
It’s usually served in the hot course portion of the meal, together with Swedish meatballs.
As the name suggests, this dish features blanched kale cooked in heavy cream.
It’s a simple, decadent dish and an enjoyable way to add kale to your meal.
Follow Spoonful of Flavor’s lead and grate some parmesan on top of your creamed kale for a tangy flavor boost.
Want to feel healthy?
Serve this cauliflower steak with your Swedish meatballs.
This cauliflower steak is made with thick slices of cauliflower that are seasoned and then roasted.
A tender cauliflower “steak” with a lightly crisp, golden-brown crust.
You can season your cauliflower slices with any seasoning you want.
I go for the simple route with salt, pepper, and garlic powder when I serve these with Swedish meatballs.
You can also follow Jessica Gavin’s lead and prepare a separate sauce like chimichurri for these cauliflower steaks.
Honey glazed ribs
Honey glazed ribs are also traditionally served with Swedish meatballs during Christmas and New Year.
They are a must-have dish for Swedes during the holidays.
But, you don’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy them.
You can whip up these honey-glazed pork ribs anytime.
You can get tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone ribs with a sweet, sticky glaze even with just your oven.
You won’t have to spend the whole day over a smoker to cook these baked honey-glazed pork ribs.
Steer clear from your typical fries and roasted potatoes – make these smashed potatoes to go with your Swedish meatballs instead.
These smashed potatoes have ultra-crispy exteriors and soft, fluffy interiors that are just so irresistible.
You can dip them in the gravy of your meatballs…
Or just smother them completely. (I’m not judging).
Take a page out of Half Baked Harvest’s book and cook your potatoes in vinegar to get that tasty, lip-puckering salt and vinegar flavor!
Lemon Orzo Salad
If you want a side dish for your Swedish meatballs that’s light and healthy but will still fill you up – make this lemon orzo salad.
This is a vibrant and refreshing dish featuring orzo, arugula, asparagus, and feta cheese.
Every element is tied together with a zesty lemon dressing.
It’s also a naturally vegetarian dish, especially ideal for a meatless version of Swedish meatballs.
To make this orzo salad even tastier, allow it to sit in your fridge and let the flavors mingle and develop for at least 30 minutes.
Make this zingy lemon orzo salad with your dinner tonight.
Balsamic roasted veggies
Roasted vegetables are the easiest way to add tons of vitamins and nutrients to any meal.
They’re easy to prepare and cook.
You just need to cut up your vegetables, season them and then toss them in a sheet pan to roast.
They’re also great to make ahead, so you always have a batch of roasted veggies to go with any meal.
You can use any vegetables you like. I usually roast together broccoli, sweet potatoes, and peppers.
Serve a plate of these balsamic roasted vegetables alongside your Swedish meatballs for a balanced and healthy meal.
The best side dishes for Swedish meatballs
- Mashed potatoes
- Garlic butter noodles
- Greek lemon rice
- Danish cucumber salad
- Braised red cabbage
- Jansson’s temptation
- Green bean almondine
- Smoked sausage skillet
- Spicy bourbon-glazed carrots
- Dinner rolls
- Cauliflower-parsnip puree
- Italian stuffed peppers
- Cream of mushroom soup
- Fresh kimchi
- Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
- Creamed Kale
- Cauliflower steak
- Honey glazed ribs
- Smashed potatoes
- Lemon Orzo Salad
- Balsamic roasted veggies
What To Serve With Swedish Meatballs
- 1 portion Swedish meatballs
- Prepare your Swedish meatballs according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: mashed potatoes, garlic butter noodles, greek lemon rice, danish cucumber salad, braised red cabbage, Jansson’s temptation, green bean almondine, smoked sausage skillet, spicy bourbon-glazed carrots, dinner rolls, cauliflower-parsnip puree, Italian stuffed peppers, cream of mushroom soup, fresh kimchi, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, creamed kale, cauliflower steak, honey glazed ribs, smashed potatoes, lemon orzo salad, and balsamic roasted veggies.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!