Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

The BEST Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli. Super tender chuck steak cooked low and slow for 5 hours until fall apart tender! This tastes just like the beef and broccoli you get at a restaurant! Serve over a bowl of rice or noodles!

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef in crockpot with wooden spoon

Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

I love making takeout dishes at home and this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli has to be one of my favorites. This recipe takes only a few minutes to prep and is incredibly easy. The chuck roast is cooked in the crockpot for 5 hours on low until tender. It’s cooked in a sweet and tangy beef and broccoli sauce. The sauce is made up of beef broth, soy sauce, garlic, oyster sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and cornstarch to thicken up the sauce.

This Beef and Broccoli Recipe is so much better and healthier than takeout. You can control the saltiness and sweetness of this dish when you make it at home.

Ingredients

  • Chuck Steak: Also known as chuck roast can be used. This type of meat is perfect for cooking low and slow.
  • Beef Broth: Enhances the beef flavor of this dish. Make sure to use low sodium beef broth if you can.
  • Soy Sauce: Make sure to use low sodium soy sauce if you can to cut down on the sodium in this dish. If not substitute some of the soy sauce for water.
  • Garlic: 4 whole garlic cloves are added! Feel free to add even more or substitute granulated garlic instead.
  • Oyster Sauce: Is a thick savory slightly sweet and salty sauce that can be found in the international or asian section of your grocery store.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Adds a hint of sweetness to this dish.
  • Sesame Oil: A little goes a long way! I only add 2 teaspoons to give the sauce a nutty flavor.
  • Cornstarch: Is used to thicken up the sauce.
  • Broccoli: I recommend using fresh broccoli instead of frozen!

How to make Beef and Broccoli in a Slow Cooker

Simply add chuck steak, beef broth, soy sauce, garlic, oyster sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil to a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until steak is tender. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and whisk in the cornstarch to the reserved liquid. Slowly stir the cornstarch mixture into the slow cooker along with the broccoli and continue cooking on low for an additional 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened and broccoli is tender. Serve immediately with sesame seeds for garnish if desired.

Broccoli Beef in a crockpot with a wooden spoon

Tips

  • Use a different cut of meat: You can also use flank steak or chuck roast in this dish.
  • Thin slices = tender meat: Make sure to slice the meat thin and against the grain to produce the most tender cut of beef.
  • Don’t over salt: I recommend using low sodium beef broth and low sodium soy sauce to better control the salt level in this dish.
  • Use fresh broccoli instead of frozen: for the best flavor and texture. Frozen broccoli can turn out mushy in this.
  • Add some heat: If you like a little extra kick like me add some crushed red pepper flakes, Sriracha or chili oil to the sauce!

Instant pot beef and broccoli

To make this broccoli beef in the instant pot simply heat a bit of oil in the instant pot and select the SAUTE option. Add the beef and cook just until golden brown on the outside. Turn the pressure cooker off then select HIGH or MANUAL pressure. Add in the sauce ingredients and cook for 12 minutes then let the steam naturally release. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and whisk in the cornstarch to the reserved liquid. Slowly stir the cornstarch mixture into the instant pot along with broccoli. Pressure cook on HIGH for an additional minute or until broccoli is tender and the sauce is thickened. Serve immediately with sesame seeds for garnish!

Can this Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef be frozen?

Yes! Leftovers can be frozen up to 3 months in an airtight container. Just make sure to cover the beef with liquid so it does not dry out. This Chinese beef and broccoli also makes a great freezer meal. Simply add all of the ingredients except for the cornstarch to a large ziplock bag. Add in the thinly sliced steak and freeze up to 3 months. This recipe can be cooked from frozen in either the slow cooker or the instant pot! Just make sure to add in the cornstarch after cooking.

Beef and broccoli stir fry

If you are short on time try making my Beef Broccoli Stir Fry. Everything is made in one skillet and is ready in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight!

Chuck roast and sauce added to slow cooker

What to serve with Broccoli Beef

For a twist on traditional Beef and broccoli try my Beef and Broccoli Ramen!

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

4.63 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef. Super tender steak cooked low and slow for 5 hours! Serve over a bowl of rice or noodles!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chuck steak sliced thin (about 1-inch thick)
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 heads broccoli cut into florets
  • sesame seeds for garnish, if desired

Instructions

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  • Add steak, broth, soy sauce, garlic, oyster sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil to a slow cooker. Stir to combine.
    Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until steak is tender.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and whisk in the cornstarch to the reserved liquid.
  • Slowly stir the cornstarch mixture into the slow cooker along with the broccoli and continue cooking on low for an additional 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened and broccoli is tender.
  • Serve immediately with rice and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 711 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 154mg51%
Sodium 1828mg79%
Potassium 1944mg56%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 54g108%
Vitamin A 1930IU39%
Vitamin C 272.1mg330%
Calcium 202mg20%
Iron 7.9mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chuck Roast, Garlic, Sesame, Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

Originally published Jun 2, 2016

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