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Amazing and flavorful beef that slow cooks to tender melt in your mouth perfection! This will be one of the best meals that you will make!

When I started to do some research on a Korean Beef recipe, I found that the recipes are pretty similar to this Korean Ground Beef and Rice BowlsSlow Cooker Mongolian Beef or Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry.  What they have in common is unbelievably flavorful beef that is quick and easy to make and enjoy!

Korean beef over rice in a bowl with two black chopsticks.

Slow Cooker Korean Beef

Slow Cooker Korean Beef first posted when my youngest sister had just left for college in Korea. We had a fun little going away party for her where I served this Korean beef and it was amazing! The flavors were out of this world and it was a huge hit at the party.  As soon as it came out of the slow cooker we couldn’t stop eating it. The flavor is absolute perfection.

Cooking the flank steak low and slow made it so tender.  The sweet and spicy sauce soaked into the meat and made every bite explode with flavor!  This recipe instantly became a favorite here on the blog and in my family. It was definitely one of the best things that I have ever had!  No wonder it quickly became so popular!

Ingredients for Korean Beef:

The ingredients in this slow cooker beef come together so well and you are going to love the flavor of this beef. It thickens up as it cooks and coats the chicken perfectly. Top with some sesame seeds and green onions and you will have a meal that you will make again and again!

  • Flank Steak: Cut in thin slices against the grain to make it tender and juicy.
  • Cornstarch: To thicken the sauce.
  • Sesame Oil: Great Asian flavor and it will help other flavors soak into the beef.
  • Garlic Cloves: Minced, these will give right flavor to the sauce.
  • Soy Sauce: Adds a rich sweet and savory flavor.
  • Beef broth: Liquid to cook the beef and adds a bit of flavor.
  • Brown Sugar: Sweetness to balance out the other savory and spicy notes.
  • Onion chopped: Adds moisture and deep flavor.
  • Red pepper flakes: Add at the end of the cook time for a less spicy version. The red pepper spice will get stronger as it cooks.
  • Garnish: Sesame seeds and green onions

How to Slow Cook Korean Beef:

This melt in your mouth tender beef takes only minutes to get started in a slow cooker.  Simply cut your steak into strips, fill your crock pot with all the ingredients, and sit back and enjoy the delicious smell of dinner cooking!

  1. Prepare flank steak: Cut flank steak into thin strips. In a ziplock bag add flank steak pieces and cornstarch. Shake to coat.
  2. Combine ingredients in slow cooker: Add sesame oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, onion, and red pepper flakes to the slow cooker. Stir ingredients. Add coated flank steak and stir again until coated in the sauce.
  3. Cook for high 2-3 hours or on low 4-5 hours until cooked throughout and tender.
  4. Serve: Plate flank steak over rice and garnish with green onions.

Korean beef meat in the slow cooker being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Tips for the Most Tender Beef:

I love cooking beef in the slow cooker because it cooks the meat so well. It is one of my favorite ways to cook it.  The juicy beef gets so tender it falls apart in your mouth. That’s great news for a meat that can sometimes turn tough and dry when it cooks!  Here are my expert tips to make this the best Korean beef you have ever made!

  • Slicing flank steak: The easiest way to slice your beef is to cut it when it is very cold.  Cut against the grain.
  • Variations: Add broccoli in at the end of the cook time for a nice crunch.  Or add it in about halfway through cook time for softer brocccoli.
  • Serving ideas: Serving with rice is a classic favorite.  However, if you are watching your carbs you may want to try cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles instead.  Add a colorful Asian Salad for a complete meal.

Storing Slow Cooker Beef:

After buying flank steak at the store you can refrigerate it for 3-5 days.  If you are not ready to cook this delicious recipe right away you will want to freeze it until you are ready to cook it.  Before freezing it, place extra airtight wrap around the store bought packaging to reduce freezer burn.  The uncooked meat can stay frozen for 6-12 months.

Once you have cooked your perfect slow cooker beef, you will not want to miss the delicious leftovers!  Eat them within 4 days if you are storing it in the refrigerator or 3 months if you decide to freeze your leftovers.

Korean beef in a bowl with black chopsticks.

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Slow Cooker Korean Beef

4.86 from 14 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Amazing and flavorful beef that slow cooks to tender melt in your mouth perfection! This will be one of the best meals that you will make!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Cut flank steak into thin strips. In a ziplock bag add flank steak pieces and cornstarch. Shake to coat.
  • Add sesame oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, onion, and red pepper flakes to the slow cooker. Stir ingredients. Add coated flank steak and stir again until coated in the sauce.
  • Cook for high 2-3 hours or on low 4-5 hours until cooked throughout and tender. Can serve over rice and garnish with green onions.

Notes

Updated on August 5, 2020
Originally Posted on October 19, 2015

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 27gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 1224mgPotassium: 485mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian American
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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. 5 stars
    This is the best, hands down!! I have made this probably 20 plus times. So easy, makes THE BEST leftovers, there is nothing to complain about🥰 so easy to adjust the recipe how you like, try this!! I have it in the slow cooker right now😊

  2. 5 stars
    THIS WAS AWESOME!!! 15-20 mins prep time, and most of that was slicing up the 3 lb of meat (doubled the recipe). Gonna add some more pepper flake next time to make it a little spicier. And there will be a next time, I promise. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone out there. Such an easy recipe and so good!