Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli


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.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli | Cooking Classy

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

4.34 from 3 votes

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 50 minutes


  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. *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.
  4. 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

        • Jen: Anne, I completely understand. My son also has a tree-nut allergy and cannot have soy, sesame or coconut, among other things. It’s difficult to find substitutes and I appreciate the suggestion to use homemade beef stock. Thank you. April 2, 2015 at 11:28pm Reply

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

      • Jen: Good suggestion. Thanks! April 2, 2015 at 11:28pm 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

  • Canceling that workout… | Life After School: […] night’s fare was slow cooker beef and broccoli. The prep time literally took ten minutes, which was incredibly convenient. It was a little tricky […] April 9, 2014 at 4:11pm Reply

  • 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

  • menage: Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    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

  • Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli: […] here we have another dinner that is both delectable and pretty healthy. I borrowed the recipe from Cooking Classy and made just a few changes. The beef itself is what is slow cooked. To keep the broccoli looking […] December 10, 2014 at 11:30am Reply

  • 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

  • Michelle: This is delicious! My hubby has asked for this a few times. My kids enjoy it as well (their very picky eaters). A new family favorite, thank you and its so easy to do!
    My hubby asked for mushrooms in it, and it turned out pretty good. Great website. :) April 28, 2015 at 12:13pm Reply

  • jami: Does the meat get more tender the longer it’s cooked? Mines be cooking for 2 hours and I checked it and it’s very chewy. June 7, 2015 at 8:29pm Reply

  • CHEF ZEE: what is least costly beef that will turn out tender? thanhs, chefzee June 18, 2015 at 2:19pm Reply

  • Cliff Flanders: This looks really delicious. Unfortunately, I can’t cook any recipe that doesn’t include nutrition information (calories, cholesterol, fat, fiber, etc.) Would it be possible for you to append this info to your recipe? Thanks! June 23, 2015 at 6:33am Reply

  • Amy: Has anyone made this with flour instead of cornstarch? Just wanted to know if tastes the same. August 10, 2015 at 8:27pm Reply

  • Ruth: Hi, has anyone tried making this without the sugar? August 16, 2015 at 2:16pm Reply

  • Leila: Made this for dinner tonight and EVERYONE loved it. August 20, 2015 at 6:27pm Reply

  • Nancy: Can u make this with chicken and sub chicken broth?? September 7, 2015 at 2:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would be fine, I might even add in some ginger to add a little more flavor just since chicken breasts don’t seem to be quite as flavorful as beef. September 8, 2015 at 11:38pm Reply

  • berkley: Hi – how would you recommend freezing this to use at a later date? Thanks! September 11, 2015 at 12:23pm Reply

  • Ashley: Love this recipe! It’s so easy to make, only a few dirty dishes, and most importantly so yummy! I’ve given this recipe to multiple people and even brought this meal to a friend who had recently had a baby and they all love it! September 29, 2015 at 3:42pm Reply

  • Leslie: Does the recipe require the sugar or can you make without? I am cooking it for dinner tonight. Is it ok to use rib eye? October 4, 2015 at 11:55am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I just noticed your comment, I haven’t tried it with rib eye but there are other recipes out there similar that use it. And I’d keep some sugar, you could reduce it but for flavor I’d add some. October 5, 2015 at 1:20pm Reply

  • Darlene: The best beef & broccoli EVER. Just stumbled across this website and realized it’s the recipe a lady at work gave me she got off the internet. Have made this multiple times. So easy and delicious. We prefer it over mashed potatoes than rice. December 27, 2015 at 11:46am Reply

  • Nina: The sauce is delicious! I love the flavor so much I use it as a stirfry sauce when I make lo mein. I just leave out the cornstarch and add some crushed red pepper & let it simmer in a saucepan while I make the veggies & noodles. It’s better than the restaurant. This will be a regular at my house. Thanks! :) January 10, 2016 at 5:59pm Reply

  • Nancy: Made this tonight. First time cooking any kind of asian dish so I was nervous but it came out so good! Tastes like restaurant quality beef and broccoli. I cooked it on med high setting for 2 hours (my slow cooker has 4 settings, I used the one that said 6 hours). Then switched it to the highest setting for the last 20 mins once I added cornstarch and broccoli. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! January 12, 2016 at 9:31pm Reply

  • Jillian: Stupid questions-is the Chuck beef for stew the same thing as the roast? February 9, 2016 at 3:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Not a dumb question :) the cut up stew meat from what I’ve heard is the left over meat from the carved roasts so it can tend to be more fatty etc but they are made up of the same type of beef yes. February 10, 2016 at 9:49am Reply

  • Kristen: Made this tonight for dinner! My boyfriend and I loved :) thank you so much for the recipe!! February 21, 2016 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Veronica: If I cook this on high how long would you recommend? Thanks. June 2, 2016 at 7:03pm Reply

  • Sarah Jean: I can make this in a crockpot?? That’s amazing. August 4, 2016 at 1:44pm Reply

  • Margaret Bewers: I made this for dinner tonight, it was absolutely delicious, I couldn’t get chuck steak, so I used round steak, I left it cook for 4 hrs, it was so tender…Next time I’m going to add pineapple tidbits with the broccoli… August 7, 2016 at 5:07pm Reply

  • Celeste: Love love love this recipe ! Super easy to make and delicious 😍 I just added a little more cornstarch to make the sauce thicker. January 29, 2017 at 3:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you loved it Celeste! January 30, 2017 at 2:55pm Reply

  • Cheryl: OMG, this was soooo good. I will never buy it again. I followed the instructions and it was perfect. I had my mom over for dinner and she was very impressed. Thanks for this recipe. I’m going to make sure my daughters all learn how to make this dish
    It truly lives up to the name. July 11, 2017 at 7:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved it Cheryl! July 26, 2017 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Stephanie: This beef and broccoli dish was delicious! At 3 hours the beef was super tender and the sauce became nice and silky. I added ginger for extra flavor and mushrooms just because. I also steamed the broccoli as suggested to keep the vibrant green color. I used water because I didn’t have broth and it still turned out very flavorful! Thanks for a tasty healthful “takeout” recipe! August 7, 2017 at 10:32pm Reply

  • Krysta: Do you put the beef in frozen or thawed? Thanks! August 21, 2017 at 10:46am Reply

  • IHYP: Would it be a waste of time to marinate the beef in the low sodium soy souce & sesame oil for a couple of hours before cooking. Would that just make the meat too salty? Thanks! Looking forward to trying this tonight. September 30, 2017 at 9:29am Reply

  • Ginny Rapkin: Absolutely delicious it is my go to recipe when I am begged by husband to make, I substitute the Sesame oil with light olive oil because that’s usually a pantry stable for us & I add a dash of A1 sauce. I usually double up on the meat using Sirloin thin sliced cut on angle, from my grocery butcher. I cut that into strips when trimming, I also make 3`4 extra crock to freezer meals for make ahead prep, and in making this I place the meat and seasoning blend into a freezer bag, flatten out and also add note to it prior to filling it needs broccoli and rice so I can be sure to have that ready. October 2, 2017 at 11:42am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you love it – thanks for the great suggestions and review! October 2, 2017 at 11:54am Reply

  • Beth: Good flavor and sauce on this recipe but highly recommend using a different cut of beef. The one recommended is extremely tough even after cooking per the directions. December 6, 2017 at 6:57pm Reply

  • Susan Jackson: I made this last night, and we loved it! I followed your recipe, and it was perfect. The meat was tender and delicious.

    Thanks!! March 7, 2018 at 7:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! March 8, 2018 at 1:23pm Reply

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