Taste test: John tries Ikea's new salmon meatballs

A long day of shopping at Ikea should always start with a hearty Swedish breakfast, and not salmon meatballs are on the menu

December 3, 2018
John and a salmon meatball

Melinda Lane

Our family had a holiday excursion to Ikea this past weekend, which might have been a little bit insane on a Sunday in December, but we got there right when the doors opened and proceeded directly to the cafe for a tasty Swedish breakfast. My son Dawson loves having the pancakes (which are really more like crepes) and I'll be honest, even though I'm not a big meat-eater, I do love the Ikea meatballs. But this time around, I had a chance to try the brand new item on the menu -- salmon meatballs. 

You may not be super excited about this new culinary development, but hey -- even the prestigious Food & Wine weighed in on the new item:

As any IKEA fan will tell you, salmon has long been a staple of the chain’s menu which played a major role in the creations of the new balls. "During the product development of the salmon balls we saw a lot of potential in the smaller pieces of salmon, the ones that cannot be used as fillets. But these are just as good and delicious!" Sabrina Anania-Stepanian, Product Developer IKEA Food Services AB, said in a statement. "We worked closely with our suppliers, optimized the process and together created a new, tasty (m)eatball that also has a lower carbon footprint."                       

So how are they? Dawson shot this video of Dad trying them for the first time, and stuck his seven-year-old fingers in front of the lens a little bit, but you get the idea:

BTW, if you haven't been to Ikea since they completely redid the store, check it out. It's beautiful.