Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli


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Slices of chuck roast cooked in beef broth, soy sauce, and Asian-inspired spices highlight this amazing take on the infamous Beef and Broccoli dish. The best part is you’ll use your slow cooker for any easy meal your whole family will enjoy.

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Why this slow cooker beef and broccoli recipe works

There’s something special about using the crock pot to cook a meal like this. The ingredients used to create the flavor have plenty of time to marry together and the tender beef soaks it all up simultaneously. Not to mention, the meal prep is minimal and the cooking time is just long enough to start the meal by late morning and be on the table by dinnertime.

Recipe Ingredients

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  • Beef Chuck Roast: You’ll need about 2 pounds and then slice it thinly across the grain. We also use a chuck roast in our Mississippi Pot Roast recipe.
  • Beef Stock: Adds to the delicious base of the dish. You can also use low sodium beef broth.
  • Soy Sauce: This is where that tasty Asian flavor comes from.
  • Seasonings: Brown sugar, sesame seed oil, minced garlic, and ground ginger.
  • Cornstarch: Used to thicken the sauce.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli florets are the veggie of choice. Don’t for get to try our slowc

Step-by-Step Directions

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Step One – In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the beef stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic and ground ginger.

Step Two – Lay the thin slices of beef to the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the sauce over top. Mix the beef slices with the sauce.

Step Three – Cover and cook crockpot beef on HIGH for 3 hours/LOW for 5-6 hours or until the beef is cooked through. (The full recipe is in the recipe card that is below the photos).

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Step 4 – Take ¼ cup of the sauce out of the slow cooker.

Step Five – Whisk the sauce together with the cornstarch. Pour the cornstarch mixture back into the slow cooker and mix.

Step Six – Add the broccoli florets.

Step Seven –cook on HIGH for 30 minutes or until the broccoli is tender and the sauce has thickened. Serve and enjoy!

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How to serve

  • Served over or next to a bed of warm white rice (or Jasmine rice) is typically the way this cooked beef and broccoli meal is served. In addition to white rice, you can serve it with brown rice or cauliflower rice. It’s really all about personal preference.
  • In addition to the toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions for toppings, you can also add a dash of red pepper flakes to give it a bit of heat. Some people also like to add extra soy sauce on top. We love to add sriracha sauce to our own serving.
  • To make this crockpot beef and broccoli even more hearty, you can add stir fry vegetables and water chestnuts.
  • Instead of cooked white rice, consider serving a nice helping over zucchini noodles.
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Recipe FAQs

What other types of meat can I use instead of chuck roast?

You can use any beef you prefer. A few substitution ideas are stew meat, sirloin steak, flank steak, or skirt steak. Just be sure to slice the steak thinly.

Do I have to use fresh broccoli?

You can use frozen broccoli instead.

How do I create a thicker sauce?

You can create a thicker sauce by adding more cornstarch. Be sure to add it a little bit at a time until you’ve reached your desired thickness.

How do I store the crock pot beef leftovers?

Add any remaining beef and broccoli to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove top over medium heat until warm throughout.

Can I use low sodium soy sauce?

Yes. This is a great substitution if you’re looking to cut back on your salt intake. It will still taste great.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Easily recreate an Asian-classic dish using your slow cooker and just a few pantry favorite ingredients.

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 lbs. beef chuck roast, sliced thinly across the grain
  • 1 cup beef stock, or beef broth
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 12 oz. Broccoli Florets, (about 3 cups)

Instructions 

  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the beef stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic and ground ginger.
  • Lay the sliced beef to the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the sauce over top. Mix the beef slices with the sauce.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3 hours/LOW for 5-6 hours or until the beef is cooked through.
  • Take ¼ cup of the sauce out of the slow cooker and whisk together with the cornstarch. Pour back into the slow cooker and mix. Add the broccoli florets, cook on HIGH for 30 minutes or until the broccoli is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve over white rice and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Sirloin, flank, or strip steak can all be used for this recipe.
  • Fresh or frozen broccoli can be used in this recipe.
  • Add any remaining beef and broccoli to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove top over medium heat until warm throughout.

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 2560mg | Potassium: 1036mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 664IU | Vitamin C: 95mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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4 Comments

  1. Rose says:

    What is a serving size?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      1/4 of the recipe. I don’t have measurements, I apologize.

  2. Jo Ann D says:

    Can I use chicken instead of beef

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I have not tested it, but I think it would be great.