Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

04.04.2014

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).

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

4.5 from 4 votes

comforting slow cooker beef and broccoli served on fluffy rice

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker beef, slow cooker beef and broccoli
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 478 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove onion pieces. Serve warm over white or brown rice sprinkled with optional sesame seeds.
  6. *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.
  7. Recipe Source: adapted from BS Recipes via Table for Two
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 478 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 1339mg 56%
Potassium 1011mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 20g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 8.9%
Vitamin C 75.9%
Calcium 8.9%
Iron 26.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

87 comments

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/soy-sauce-substitute/. 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

  • 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

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

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