Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli


Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli | Cooking Classy

Here is a recipe I’ve been meaning to make forever, as in since I saw it on Table for Two over a year ago (I love Julie’s blog by the way, if you don’t already follow you should). I’m glad I finally got around to it because this recipe is amazing! And not only that, it’s an incredibly simple and easy recipe.

This recipe is one you will want to have on hand for those hectic days when you don’t have a lot of time to make dinner. The prep work is only about 10 minutes and the slow cooker does the rest of the work , then what you’re left with is flavorful, tender beef and broccoli smothered in a delicious asian style sauce. You could even make the rice the night before to have it ready for the following day. I recommend serving this with the basic long grain white rice or my favorite kind of rice – short grain brown rice (like this kind).


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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli


  • 1 1/2 lbs beef chuck (roast or chuck steak), sliced into thin 1 1/2-inch long strips
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced into 2 portions
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth or beef consommé*
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup slightly packed dark-brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, diced into bite size pieces (from about 12 oz broccoli crowns)
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


  • Add beef and onion portions to a slow cooker. In a mixing bowl whisk together beef broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar and garlic. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Pour mixture over beef and onions in slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook on low heat 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours, until meat has cooked through.
  • Ladle out 1/4 cup of the broth from slow cooker and pour into a bowl. Add cornstarch and whisk until smooth then return broth mixture to slow cooker and gently stir. Add in broccoli pieces (if you want vibrantly green broccoli you can steam it instead then add it at the end) and cover slow cooker with lid, then increase to high heat and cook 20 minutes longer, or until broccoli is tender and sauce has thickened slightly. Remove onion pieces. Serve warm over white or brown rice sprinkled with optional sesame seeds.
  • *I used low-sodium broth (as well as the low-sodium soy sauce) so I have better control over the amount of salt that goes in. You can use regular beef broth, you just might not need to add salt, and same if using the consommé.
  • Recipe Source: adapted from BS Recipes via Table for Two


  • ATasteOfMadness: Wow. This was made in a slow cooker?? This looks SO good! April 5, 2014 at 12:19am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love beef and broccoli and I’d never guess this was made in a slow cooker, it looks so tasty! April 5, 2014 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Anne: This recipe beef with broccoli looks delicious. Since my family has allergies to soy and sesame… can you recommend a substitution for these two ingredients? April 5, 2014 at 7:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I might suggest something like this here for the soy: Then for the sesame oil I’d probably just omit it. April 15, 2014 at 8:57pm Reply

      • Anne: Jaclyn, thank you but beef bullion cubes also have a form of soy in them. I’ll substitute the cubes with home made beef stock instead. September 12, 2014 at 7:14am Reply

    • Kristy: Try subbing coconut aminos for the soy. Way better than the “soy substitute”- I tried it. ;) You can get coconut aminos at most health food stores- even the vitamin shoppe or vitamin world, or amazon. August 21, 2014 at 7:50pm Reply

      • Anne: Kristy: Great suggestion but my son also has a coconut allergy. However, if he ever outgrows this allergy I will keep this in mind for future reference. Thank you. September 12, 2014 at 7:16am Reply

    • b. diroma: Bragg liquid aminos tastes just like soy sauce and better for you. March 24, 2015 at 5:00pm Reply

  • Julie @ Table for Two: So glad you liked it! The broccoli is so vibrant and green in your dish – beautiful! April 6, 2014 at 9:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the recipe Julie! I love your blog! April 6, 2014 at 9:38am Reply

  • Eliana: Oh my goodness! This was so easy and it easily rivals any Chinese takeout. Thank you for sharing! April 6, 2014 at 4:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you think so Eliana! Thanks for your comment! April 6, 2014 at 8:12pm Reply

  • Sean: Original recipe is to cook for 6 hours, not 2. This recipe as is left meat way undercooked. April 6, 2014 at 5:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry to hear that, you must not have cut your meat as thin as I did or our slow cookers must cook a little differently because mine only took the 2 hours and 50 and that was perfect. I hope you liked it though! April 6, 2014 at 8:11pm Reply

      • Michele: Did you cook on low or on high? April 28, 2014 at 9:38am Reply

        • Jaclyn: low but it could probably also be cooked on high for a lesser amount of time. April 28, 2014 at 10:04am Reply

          • Michele: Ok thanks, I would probably cook it on low, but just asking as it’s not one of those cook all day recipes…. April 28, 2014 at 10:09am

  • pat: regrettably, the “print” link does not work. Might want to fix April 7, 2014 at 9:21am Reply

  • Kim: I slow cooked this on low for 3 hours (since I was out of the house a little longer than expected) and steamed the broccoli separately…absolutely delicious dinner! The meat was so tender and that sauce would be great on its own. Thank you! April 8, 2014 at 11:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Kim! Thanks for returning to leave a comment! April 21, 2014 at 10:37pm Reply

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  • Edna Vazquez: Made this for dinner and it turned out delicious!! I had fresh broccoli on hand so I steamed it prior to putting in crockpot, meat was super tender! Thank you for this awesome recipe! May 20, 2014 at 3:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for letting me know in enjoyed it Edna! So glad you did! May 20, 2014 at 4:41pm Reply

  • Susanne: Just finished making this tonight. My 6 year old daughter kept asking for more because it was so good. I cut the chuck steak very thin and it took 4 hours to cook in my 3.5 qt slow cooker. The onions are delicious. Next time I will add even more onions because they absorbed so much flavor and they cooked down and are so soft. Thanks for a great recipe. May 26, 2014 at 4:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you and your daughter enjoyed this recipe Susanne! Thanks for your feedback! May 26, 2014 at 8:19pm Reply

  • Cin: We loved this dish. I steamed the broccoli and didn’t add it to crockpot. I kept it separate. I also turned the pot on high for one hour to make sure it was done. I hate getting broccoli at the restaurant when it is so undercooked. This dish was amazing. I will make it again and again. Thank you so much! June 22, 2014 at 7:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your comment Cin! So glad you liked the recipe! July 4, 2014 at 12:47pm Reply

  • Cora Edwards: I made this last night. Steamed the broccoli and threw it in at end. Delicious. July 9, 2014 at 8:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it Cora! Thanks for your comment! July 9, 2014 at 2:43pm Reply

  • Patrick: Beef, broccoli, rice – what could go wrong? :) July 23, 2014 at 9:03am Reply

  • anita: Made this last night and it was great! My sauce didn’t end up thickening like I wanted it to in the crockpot so I scooped out the liquid, added a little more cornstarch slurry and then added it back into the crockpot. Love that you used low-sodium broth & soy sauce – makes such a difference. Thank you for sharing! August 26, 2014 at 2:15pm Reply

    • anita: duh I meant I scooped out the liquid and heated it on the STOVETOP with a little more slurry… then added it back into the crockpot. :) August 26, 2014 at 2:17pm Reply

  • Loni: I have discovered it’s hard to find a winner crock-pot recipe for my family. I so wanted this to be as good as the picture but unfortunately it turned out more like beef with gravy over rice. If I tried it again I would cut down on the amount of beef broth and increase the soy and maybe add some red pepper. I also had to take out the broth and bring it to a boil in a sauce pan because it wasn’t thickening in my crock-pot. September 8, 2014 at 9:51pm Reply

  • Judy: Why not toss the broccoli on top of the rice for the last few minutes? September 14, 2014 at 10:51am Reply

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    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Thanks September 20, 2014 at 3:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would love you to share :)! Thanks! September 22, 2014 at 10:18pm Reply

  • Lisa: Hi Jaclyn. I would like to make this recipe for 8 people. If I were to double the ingredients, would it take longer to cook? Thanks. October 23, 2014 at 6:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It may take an extra hour but shouldn’t take much longer than that. I hope everyone loves it! October 23, 2014 at 4:45pm Reply

  • Amy: Thanks for this recipe. It is fantastic. My husband is allergic to shellfish, so ordering this dish (my favorite) from Chinese restaturants is off limits. It is great to have it back and that I can do it in ten minutes in my slow cooker…makes it perfect. October 24, 2014 at 3:48pm Reply

  • Susan – Nurse on the Run: Thank you for this recipe! I recently moved in with my boyfriend who is quite the picky eater, and I’ve been struggling with making meals that will make both of us happy. This was a winner and will certainly be making this again. November 12, 2014 at 6:08pm Reply

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  • Cheese with Noodles: I made this tonight, my husband said it was as good as a restaurant! I liked it a lot, too. My only issue was with the broccoli. 20 minutes ended up being way too long and my beautiful, fresh broccoli ended up extremely overcooked, oops! Next time I’ll only do 10 minutes for the broccoli, but I’ll definitely make it again. Thanks :D December 30, 2014 at 11:17pm Reply

  • Jas: I added ginger and some blood orange juice. Instead of sesame oil I used the oil I’m Tahini. My boyfriends “favorite” dish that I’ve made so far. January 28, 2015 at 9:00am Reply

  • Trevor: This looks delicious! However, I have to point out a correction in terminology just since I’m a stickler :)

    The recipe says the beef is “diced” into strips, but if it were diced it would be in small cubes… just sayin :)

    But I LOOOOVE the idea. Broccoli is one of the few veggies my wife likes so I’ll be making this soon! March 24, 2015 at 3:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for pointing that out I’m not sure why I listed “diced” instead of “sliced.” I hope you love this! March 24, 2015 at 4:43pm Reply

  • Rob: I just made this and I promise, it is the best meal that I have ever had out of a crockpot. I used fresh broccoli and it is so delicious. I can’t wait to make this for family members when I go visit. GREAT recipe! March 29, 2015 at 7:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it so much Rob! Thanks for your comment! March 29, 2015 at 9:53pm Reply

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