Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

04.04.2014

This Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli requires just 10 minutes of hands-on prep, and the slow cooker does the rest of the work for you. An easy Chinese recipe perfect for busy weeknights! 

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli with white rice and chopsticks

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

This is the easiest Beef and Broccoli recipe! It’s made in the slow cooker, so you end with deliciously tender and flavor-soaked beef. A recipe the whole family will enjoy!

This slow cooker beef 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. 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.

Beef and Broccoli Ingredients

For this slow cooker beef and broccoli recipe, you’ll need:

  • Beef chuck
  • Yellow onion
  • Low-sodium beef broth
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cornstarch
  • Broccoli
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli in white bowl with rice and chopsticks

How to Make Beef and Broccoli in the Slow Cooker

  • Add the sliced beef and onions to a slow cooker.
  • Stir together sauce ingredients, then pour over the beef and onions.
  • Cook mixture on low heat for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, or until beef is cooked through.
  • Stir together some of the beef broth from the slow cooker with the cornstarch. Pour back into the slow cooker.
  • Add in the broccoli pieces and continue cooking until softened.
  • Serve slow cooker beef and broccoli with white rice, if desired.

Can I Cook This Recipe on High for Less Time?

I wouldn’t recommend doing that, as it might make the meat tough. Beef needs to be cooked low and slow to become super tender.

Can I Omit the Sugar in This Recipe?

Feel free to scale back on the sugar to suit your tastes. However, I’d add some sugar to this recipe to balance out all the flavors. The sugar helps make this slow cooker beef and broccoli taste like what you get at a good Chinese restaurant!

close up of Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli with white rice

Tips for the Best Beef and Broccoli

  • If you use regular beef broth instead of low-sodium, you likely won’t want to add any additional salt.
  • For the best flavor and texture, use fresh broccoli and not frozen.
  • Slice the beef thinly so it becomes super tender in the slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

4.5 from 4 votes

This Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli requires just 10 minutes of hands-on prep, and the slow cooker does the rest of the work for you. An easy Chinese recipe perfect for busy weeknights! 

Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 50 minutes

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.

Recipe Notes

  • *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
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 478 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 1339mg58%
Potassium 1011mg29%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 62.6mg76%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef and broccoli, slow cooker beef and broccoli
Calories: 478 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

89 comments

  • Effie: Thank you for sharing this! Do you cook it on low, medium, or high? April 6, 2019 at 11:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Low heat, there in step 2 :). Hope you enjoy! April 7, 2019 at 12:03am Reply

  • Monica: Love this recipe! Its going in the monthly rotation :) it doess take more time to prepare (chopping the meat and onions) but overall it was super easy June 19, 2018 at 7:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to comment and let me know you enjoyed it! June 29, 2018 at 11:57am 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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