Ikea Meatballs with Almond Satay Sauce

Being sorta Dutch, I have a bit of a weakness for Satay sauce. That’s a Dutch trait, right? Like the whole cheese thing…

Anyway. According to the whole paleo thing, peanuts are a legume, and therefore should be avoided apparently. Ugh! But luckily, improvisation is my middle name. No, it’s not really. But stay with me here.

I also love meatballs. And any trip to Ikea involves a lunch of meatballs and the purchase of a couple of bags of the frozen ones. Luckily, there aren’t many trips to Ikea in my life, but the meatballs make it that little bit easier.

So today for lunch, I really fancied meatballs with satay sauce. You can tell when a recipe is definitely mine, as the ingredients are all a bit ‘a li’l of this’ ‘a bit of that’ as opposed to exact measures.


  • bunch of Ikea meatballs (of course, you could use other meatballs, or make your own meatballs, or have a hamburger, or chicken, or… well, you see where I’m going
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter – or thereabouts. Almond butter (in my kitchen) is just blanched almonds, roasted a bit in a frying pan, mashed up in a food processor until more or less paste-y, a li’l bit of olive oil and some sea salt.
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • teaspoon of chopped garlic
  • teaspoon of chopped ginger
  • chili flakes (I used chipotle chill)
  • some sweet chill sauce if you have it
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Cook the meatballs. Or chicken. Or hamburger. Or pork. Or tofu, if you’re all veggie-like.
  2. In a small saucepan, throw the garlic and ginger in for a few minutes to start cooking.
  3. Add the almond butter and stir, then pour in the coconut milk and keep stirring to combine.
  4. At this point, I added a bit of thai sweet chill sauce. And a pinch of chill. And salt.
  5. When it’s all combined, and your meat is done, then put the meatballs on the plate, top with the ‘satay’ sauce, and then garnish with a li’l sweet chill sauce like I did.
  6. Eat and enjoy. No, it’s not -exactly- like an indonesian satay sauce, but it works for me!

Author: torie

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