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This Beef and Broccoli takes just minutes to throw in the slow cooker. My top five favorite recipes on the blog!
The beef melts in your mouth and the flavor is out of this world! If you don’t have all day but are in the mood for an excellent beef and broccoli dinner, try it with garlic or only 20 Minute dinner.
Beef and Broccoli in the 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 Need to Make Chinese 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!!

Adding the sauces to the beef n the slow cooker and then adding the broccoli.

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.

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.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli with rice in a bowl.

More Slow Cooker Beef Recipes

Slow cooking beef is one of the best ways to get incredibly tender beef every time. It allows the fibers to break down tenderizing the meat. Adding sauces and flavorings and then slow cooking them over time infuses the meat with flavor. Slow cooking beef is still one of the best ways to cook it. Give these tried and true favorites a try tonight!

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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

4.69 from 54 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
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!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 People

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
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Frozen Broccoli Florets about 3 cups (I used one 14 oz bag)
  • White or brown rice cooked

Instructions 

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the beef consume, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
  • Lay the beef strips in the crockpot and pour the sauce over, tossing the strips to coat.
  • 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.
  • About an hour before it is done, take 1/4 cup of the sauce and whisk it in a small bowl with the cornstarch. Slowly stir this into the crockpot. Add in the broccoli the last 30 minutes and let the broccoli cook through. You don't want to add the broccoli until the very end or it will be mushy.
  • Serve over white rice and enjoy!!

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Notes

Updated on March 7, 2021
Originally Posted on November 21, 2012

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 23gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 953mgPotassium: 459mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian American, Chinese
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Beef and broccoli over rice in a white bowl.

About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. It would be so much better if you had a print button, so I don’t have to go through the process of copy and paste all the time.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!!

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

  12. 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!