Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

This Beef and Broccoli takes just minutes to throw in the slow cooker. The beef melts in your mouth and the flavor is out of this world! My top five favorite recipes on the blog!
If you don’t have all day but are in the mood for an excellent beef and broccoli dinner, try Garlic Beef and Broccoli Noodles or 20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein.
slow cooker beef broccoli in a white dish being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli:

I made this recipe back when I first started my blog. It is still in my top five favorite recipes here on the blog. I love beef and broccoli and I always order it whenever we go out. Well, this recipe is better than takeout and only takes minutes to throw in the slow cooker!
This recipe was due for a much needed picture update. The first picture I took was just not doing this recipe justice. Luckily people still took my word for how amazing this recipe is and it gets countless rave reviews!  Hopefully these updated photos will convince you to try this recipe out for yourself.  You will not only see how easy it is to make, but also how insanely delicious it is!

What You’ll Need to Make Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli:

If you make only one recipe from my blog and are a fan of beef and broccoli… you have GOT to make this. Like go to the store and buy the ingredients and make it ASAP! It is so good that it will be the biggest hit at the dinner table. You will make it again and again, just like we do!

  • Beef chuck roast: Boneless and sliced into thin strips before adding to the crockpot.
  • Beef consomme or beef broth: Adds flavor and liquid and covers the meat while it cooks.
  • Low sodium soy sauce: Adds a great salty flavor.
  • Dark brown sugar: I love the sweetness from the rich molasses in the brown sugar.
  • Sesame oil: Combine with soy sauce and broth to make the liquid to cook the beef.
  • Garlic cloves: Minced garlic will add a pungent spice flavor.
  • Cornstarch: Thickens the sauce.
  • Frozen Broccoli Florets: About 3 cups (I used one 14 oz bag)
  • White or brown rice: This broccoli and beef is amazing served over cooked rice!

Quick and Easy Steps to Make Beef and Broccoli:

Making this recipe again today reminded me of how BOMB it is. Wow! The flavor is incredible. There is something about cooking this meat all day in the slow cooker that makes it so tender and melt in your mouth. It cooks perfectly. And the flavor of the sauce is amazing. Just like you would expect in a restaurant.

  1. Whisk sauce: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the beef consume, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
  2. Add beef to Crockpot: Lay the beef strips in the crockpot and pour the sauce over, tossing the strips to coat.
  3. Cook: Turn the crockpot on low and cook for about 6 hours. Mine was ready at 5. You don’t want to cook the beef too long or it will start to shred.
  4. Make a slurry and add to crockpot: When it is just about done, take 4 Tbsp of the sauce and whisk it in a small bowl with the cornstarch. Slowly stir this into the crockpot.
  5. Add in broccoli and continue to cook: I added the broccoli right after the slurry so that it could get heated through. You want to let it cook an additional 30 minutes so that the sauce can thicken and frozen broccoli can cook. You don’t want to add the broccoli until the very end or it will be mushy.
  6. Serve:  It is great alone or over white rice.  Enjoy!!
Close up on slow cooker beef and broccoli in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead?

This recipe can be made ahead! Allow it to cool completely before storing and do not leave out at room temperature longer than 2 hours.  It will keep well if properly stored in an airtight container for 2-4 days in the refrigerator or 2-4 months in the freezer.  Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then use within 3-4 days of thawing.  If you thaw in the microwave, eat immediately then discard.

Do I need to thaw the broccoli if I am using frozen?

You do not need to thaw it. Add it directly to the crock pot after you add in the cornstarch mixture and allow it to heat up for about 30 minutes.

Slow cooker broccoli and beef in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

More Slow Cooker Beef Recipes:

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Slow Cooker Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6 People

This Beef and Broccoli takes just minutes to throw in the slow cooker. The beef melts in your mouth and the flavor is out of this world! My top five favorite recipes on the blog!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American, Chinese
Keyword slow cooker beef and broccoli, slow cooker recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound beef chuck roast boneless, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup beef consomme or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Frozen Broccoli Florets about 3 cups (I used one 14 oz bag)
  • White or brown rice cooked

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the beef consume, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.

  2. Lay the beef strips in the crockpot and pour the sauce over, tossing the strips to coat.
  3. Turn the crockpot on low and cook for about 6 hours. Mine was ready at 5. You don't want to cook the beef too long or it will start to shred.

  4. When it is just about done, take 4 Tbsp of the sauce and whisk it in a small bowl with the cornstarch. Slowly stir this into the crockpot. I added the broccoli in at this point so that it could get heated through. You want to let it cook an additional 30 minutes so that the sauce can thicken and frozen broccoli can cook. You don't want to add the broccoli until the very end or it will be mushy.
  5. Serve over white rice and enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

Updated on June 8, 2020

Originally Posted on November 21, 2012

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 953mg40%
Potassium 459mg13%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Slow cooker beef and broccoli in a white bowl with a wooden spoon on the side.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. If you want to use fresh broccoli I would just suggest putting it in sooner towards the end to allow them to cook through. Maybe allow them to cook for an hour or so! 🙂 Let me know how it turns out!

      1. I have found that adding fresh broccoli 10 or 15 minutes before the end results in nicely cooked but not mushy broccoli

    2. Actually ireally isn’t necessary to cook broccoli longer and it’s important to not that you lose nutrients when you over cook fresh veggies.

  1. This was awesome!! I made it Tuesday night and it was delicious. The beef practically melted in your mouth! Thanks 🙂 I also love that it’s Gluten Free, so long as your Soy sauce is.

  2. I tried this and it was…as we say in Bermuda W-E-L-L!!! I used a whole can of beef consume. I will definitely be making it again and will try adding some different veggies like carrots and even corn and maybe se chicken! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Made this for dinner last night. After searching for a really good beef and broccoli recipe, this one hit the closest to the mark. I will probably lighten up on the brown sugar next time but otherwise it was yummy.

  4. I made this dish as well. I used a sesame-garlic glaze I found at my local grocery store instead of the garlic and sesame oil, and I did a double batch and besides needing a little bit more cornstarch that the double-recommended it turned out as written. I also added red pepper flakes to add some zing to it since my husband puts hot sauce on everything. Served it over white rice and with some eggs rolls on the side. The sauce was great with the egg rolls.

  5. I cannot wait to try this recipe. Beef & broccoli is our absolute favorite. I always add water chestnuts for some added crunch. I usually use round steak or sirloin in mine. Thanks for a great recipe. I’m a new follower as I saw a post on FB for your churro cheesecake.

    1. This is one of our favorites!! And I love how the beef in the slow cooker cooks so well and is so tender! So glad you found me! Let me know how this turns out! XOXO

  6. Very delicious, but I couldn’t get the sauce to thicken at all. I think next time I will wait until it’s serving time, drain off the sauce and thicken it on the stove instead.

  7. This is in my crockpot as I type this!!! It has the house smelling so good. I doubled the recipe. I used beef bullion cubes instead of beef broth! Added ground ginger and a lil garlic powder! Taste tested and it was wonderful!! I live by my crockpot now!!!

    1. Yes cut the time in half. I try to always cook mine on low because sometimes cooking on a high temperature can dry the meat out. 🙂

  8. This looks fantastic, I will be trying it ASAP! My hubby doesn’t eat pork, so beef and broccoli is his favorite chinese meal. Can you tell me what size bag of frozen broccoli you use? I have seen small and big bags, so knowing what size bag (in ounces) that you used, would be really helpful. Thank you!

  9. I cannot wait to try this weekend!! My dad and boyfriend will love this, this is their favorite chinese dish. Is chuck post roast the same thing?

  10. Made this tonight, doubled the recipe for the whole family. Was a hit with everyone but my critics suggested using a little less brown sugar next time. With the skyrocketing cost of beef lately i used the cheapest cut of meat i could get my hands on. With the long cook time even that came out fork tender.

  11. We made this recently and it was wonderful. My only complaint was that the meat totally fell apart. Did I slice it too thinly or cook it too long? Should I try a different cut?

  12. I made this tonight using sirloin. Let me just say that it was fabulous!!!!!! Best beef and broccoli I’ve ever made! And so easy to do!! Will definitely make it again and SOON!!

  13. Loved the Beef & Broccoli slow cooker recipe. Can’t wait to try it. I do wish you had mentioned the size (ounces) of the bag f broccoli in the recipe, but I will “wing it”. Looking forward to more of our recipes. Thank you. Jacque

  14. I just tasted a bit of the meat and it was amazing! I think I’m going to try adding some sautéed onions next time and serve it with some fresh bean sprouts for some texture.

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  15. Made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious! I added a bit of ground ginger too. I probably needed more cornstarch but everyone was really hungry so we just ate it as it was and it was just fine with some rice. Thanks for this keeper!

  16. I made this beef and broccoli last night and it was a hit with my husband and myself. It was so tender and delicious.

  17. It’s in the slow cooker. I also used a little less brown sugar (fully packed 1/4 cup) cuz I didn’t want it too sweet. Easy to prepare! I luv beef and broccoli so can’t wait to taste it!! And, I love using my slow cooker!!!

  18. Can steak/beef tips be used for this, like the ones you buy that are already cut up? This looks amazing, and something everyone in the house will love to!

  19. Hi there! This looks like an amazing recipe, but I recently had to part with my slow cooker. Is there any way I can modify this for the stove top or oven? Beef and broccoli is my favorite, but we’re too broke to order out! This pregnant mama needs her fix!

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  21. This recipe is the Bomb. I love Beef Broccoli. I am funny about beef fat, gristle so i stepped mine up a notch and used beef tenderloin. I make this a lot.

  22. How to get the beef broth? Do i need to boil first the beef to get the broth? Then after boiling the beef, i will cook it for 5-6 hours in crockpot?

  23. Just put in the crockpot! I accidentally added the cornstarch with all the ingrediants. I hope I didn’t ruin it. I figure it is just a thickening agent so should be fine, right?

  24. For those of us who have to watch their calorie and carb intake, it would be a great help if these numbers were included with the recipe so we don’t have to look up very single ingredient to determine if we can make it and still enjoy it. I can’t be the only person who needs this information. Thanks.

  25. Would it taste any different do you think if I took out the garlic? I’m not a garlicky person. Also instead of cornstarch, how much flour would I use to thicken the sauce?

  26. Very easy and great dish to make, but if you follow this recipe to the T, it is very bland. I had to add salt, pepper, & cayenne. Sesame oil is very expensive (as much as the roast), so I used olive oil and roasted almond slivers, worked very well. Plus I added water chestnuts and whole baby corn.

  27. This recipe is excellent!! My son said it’s better than our favorite local Chinese restaurant’s beef & broccoli. I didn’t use low sodium soy sauce, I used regular and I didn’t need to add any more salt, it was perfect. This one will be made a lot in my house for sure!

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