How to make Norwegian Kjøttkaker i brun saus

norwegian meat balls

How to make Norwegian Kjøttkaker i brun saus

norwegian meat balls

This is a classic Norwegian dish, and reminds me of childhood memories and the thrill of knowing my mother was going to cook this for dinner. (find the recipe at the end of the article)

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Kjøttkaker i brun saus – Meat cakes in a brown gravy

In Norwegian we call them kjøttkaker, meat cakes. I think it translates better to meatballs in English, so that’s why I use that term. It’s also relatable to Swedish meatballs or Italian meatballs, but of course the Norwegian ones are the best 🙂

It’s a fairly easy dish to make, and to make it even easier for you I made a YouTube-episode taking you step-by-step through how to make the “cakes” and the gravy.

Norwegian meatballs

Potatoes & Lingonberry Jam

To be complete, this dish is always served with hard boiled potatoes (aren’t all boiled potatoes hard?)… Well, this is actually an expression here. Hardkokte poteter. And it indicates to use a type of potatoes that does not come apart when you boil them. So, hard boiled potatoes, mushy peas and tyttebær (lingonberry jam). I won’t make the jam in this episode, but I will show you how to make the mushy peas… or pea stew some might call it. For some reason green peas taste better when they are mushy, mixed in with beef broth and butter. Yum!.

Find lingonberry jam online here (amazon)

When you eat the dish, remember to mix all the flavors onto your fork. That’s how we do it in Norway, and you will see how perfectly the sweet flavor of the jam goes together with the salty flavor of the meatballs.

I hope you’ll enjoy this cooking video, and perhaps try to make this dish yourself. You are bound to impress any Norwegian if you put this on the table.

Lykke til! Good luck! Find the recipe below.

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Norwegian kjøttkaker i brun saus – Meatballs in a brown gravy served with lingonberries and mushy peas. YUM!

Recipe Kjøttkaker i brun saus – Meatballs in a brown gravy (2-3 persons)


400 grams/14,1 ounces beef minced meat
1 teaspoon salt 0.25 teaspoon pepper
0.25 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons potato flour/starch
1.5 dl/0,6 cups water or milk (I used water)

Brown sauce/Brun saus

4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons wheat flour
1 liter/33,8 ounces broth (meat broth cube, or “real broth)
0.5 teaspoon salt
0.25 teaspoon pepper

Mushy peas/Ertestuing

1 package of frozen peas (400 grams/14,1 ounces)
1 dl/0,4 cup meat broth ( made with meat broth cube)
1 tablespoon butter
0.25 teaspoon pepper

Use lingonberry jam on the side, but cranberries also work nicely. Hard boiled potatoes (plenty).

Your friend in Norway,


Pål of Norway With Pål

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  1. Georg on July 19, 2022 at 7:29 am

    Hey Bro, writing from New Zealand. Good stuff, my bro I love the recipe:)

    • Norway with Pål on July 19, 2022 at 4:26 pm

      Hei! Thanks a lot, glad you liked it 🙂

  2. Jana Anderssen on March 5, 2024 at 5:37 pm

    My husband is Norwegian. We’ve been married 40+ years and I have never made Norwegian meatballs. Can you believe that? He loves them and so does my son so I am excited to learn how and use your recipe! His sister makes them when we visit her in Denver, so he gets his “fix” quite often. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Pål on March 6, 2024 at 9:19 am

      Great! He is going to be very excited about it. You can find lingonberry jam at IKEA, but also on online:

      Enjoy the meatballs 🙂

  3. Sad American on March 13, 2024 at 12:08 am

    super sad there is no written instructions 🙁 I was super excited to try this but hate trying to watch a video while cooking.

    • Pål on March 13, 2024 at 1:58 pm

      Hi there, sorry there is no written description! I will try make one as soon as I have some time for it.

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