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Take-Out, Fake-Out: Beef & Broccoli {Crockpot}

Set and forget this easy Take-Out, Fake-Out: Beef & Broccoli {Crockpot}!

Set and forget this easy Take-Out, Fake-Out: Beef & Broccoli {Crockpot}!

Time to break out the crockpots :) one of the best parts of the cooler weather is being able to breakout the crockpot to make delicious soups, stews, and cozy dinner meals such as this one!

You all know my obsession with chicken & broccoli, well I’m also obsessed with beef and broccoli so this slow cooker version is right up my alley. I love setting up a meal and just forgetting about it. You have the freedom to do whatever you want while a delicious meal is cooking away. Let me tell you – your whole house will smell AMAZING and the flavors in the sauce are to die for. I probably could’ve dunked all my rice in it, but I needed sauce for the next day as these make great leftovers :)

I can’t wait for all the slow-cooker recipes coming this fall/winter. The only thing that irked me in the past about them was the fact that I had to make them on the weekends cause I have this fear of having the slow cooker on while I was at work. I always worried it’d burn down my house. I found a solution. An electric on/off timer. I bought this and I can now set the time of when I want the slow cooker to start and when to stop. I’ll likely set it only to start because I’ll time it so when I get home, it’ll be done so I can just unplug it :) It’s a great investment and I can’t wait to cook more in my slow cooker! Fear of my house burning down should subside.

Okay, let’s have some fun! I know it’s random but I thought I’d throw this in here. Seven things that you most likely didn’t know about me:

  1. I have perfectly straight teeth and I had no braces.
  2. I have no arm hair. No joke. If we ever cross paths, I can show you.
  3. I did ballet and jazz for 8 years.
  4. I have a fascination with aviation (even though I have anxiety with flying) and I’ve always dreamed of becoming an air traffic controller.
  5. I’ve never gotten any tickets, although I probably just jinxed myself and will get one on the drive home today.
  6. I can type 104 words a minute. You can take the test here.
  7. I’m triple jointed.

Tell me something I might not know about you! :)

Take-Out, Fake-Out: Beef & Broccoli {Crockpot}
Recipe type: Main Entree, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. boneless, beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup beef consumme or beef broth
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp. sauce (from the crockpot after dish is cooked)
  • Frozen broccoli florets (as many as desired, I believe I used almost 2 cups)
  • White rice, cooked
  1. In the insert of the crockpot, whisk together beef consume, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
  2. Gently place your slices of beef in the liquid and toss to coat.
  3. Turn crockpot on low and cook for 6 hours.
  4. When done, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cooking liquid to create a slurry, pour into crockpot, stir to mix well. Cook on low for an additional 30 minutes to thicken up the sauce.
  5. Toss in your broccoli florets then serve hot over white rice.
Note about cooking time: Your crockpot may differ in temperature than mine, I suggest cooking this for 4 hours on your first go-round of this dish. 6 hours in the crockpot seems to be giving a lot of people "shredded" beef instead of slices, so decrease cooking time by 2 hours and go from there. Mine turned out fine with 6 hours.

If you are using frozen broccoli florets, you do NOT need to defrost them prior to putting them in the crockpot. You add them in at the same time as you add the cornstarch slurry. As stated in the instructions, after you add the cornstarch slurry, you cook for 30 more minutes. This should be more than enough time to cook and defrost your broccoli florets.

If you're using fresh broccoli, you do NOT need to steam them prior to putting them in the crockpot. You add them in at the same time as you add the cornstarch slurry. Since you cook an additional 30 minutes, this will ensure that your fresh broccoli will be cooked through.

Yes, you put the meat in the slow cooker raw, in sliced pieces.

Source: adapted from BS Recipes



  1. Julie
    08/20/2015 at 11:33 am

    Hi, I’ve made this before and absolutely LOVE it. I wanted to try something different this time and use pork instead of beef but I was wondering if I should use the beef broth or should I use something else? Thanks!

    • Julie
      08/21/2015 at 7:29 am

      You could still use beef broth!

  2. Ana
    09/07/2015 at 8:26 pm

    Made this today and we loved it! The only downside is that it’s not going to last very long :-). Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Laura
    10/09/2015 at 2:12 pm

    Made this a few times- there are a few variations of this on the web but this one was the best, and easiest IMHO. I had to make it a few times before I got it just right. First, definitely get the chuck- I tried stew meat, thinking “it’s a slow cooker meat, why not?” and it was terrible for this recipe. We used sirloin once- the chuck was the best- and it’s nice since it was cheaper. Secondly, I doubled the meat and it took about two tries before I realized I didn’t double the sauce! Once I got it all together it all came out perfectly- and for me it’s 4 hours for the main cooking time. My kids love this too- my oldest used to eat everything and is starting to get picky- the little guy has already been picky. This is a hit. And anything that gets a home cooked meal on the table with minimal work from mommy is right up our alley! I highly recommend this!!! I do add peppers to this to add color and some more flavor, and I put in a ton of frozen broccoli since the kids love it. Thanks for this!!

  4. Cari
    10/28/2015 at 9:46 pm

    We have a sesame allergy. What can I substitute for the sesame oil?

    • Julie
      10/29/2015 at 8:42 am

      You can just omit it

  5. Kelley
    11/02/2015 at 5:39 pm

    I have made this several times and the whole family loves it!! I was curious if you could substitute chicken for the beef? And would I then need to use chicken broth? Thank you!

    • Julie
      11/03/2015 at 9:43 am

      You can. I would use chicken broth, yes.

  6. AJ
    11/12/2015 at 2:12 pm

    I messed up on the timing today and need to bake this in the oven. How long should I bake it for and at what temperature??

    • Julie
      11/16/2015 at 8:06 am

      I’ve never made this in the oven so I have no idea. Sorry!

  7. Jenni
    11/16/2015 at 12:00 pm

    I’m new to the slow cooker & I know you say some people cook better 4-6hours… how do you know when it is ready? Just when the beef looks good?

    • Jenni
      11/16/2015 at 12:01 pm

      & btw im SO exited to try this been eyeing it all week end …. tomorrow is the day!

    • Julie
      11/16/2015 at 8:03 pm

      In 4-6 hours, the beef will be thoroughly cooked through :)

  8. Louise
    11/20/2015 at 6:09 pm

    Hey :)
    It looks really good!
    How come you put the meat in raw?

    • Julie
      11/22/2015 at 7:31 pm

      You put the meat in raw because that’s how it gets cooked in the slow cooker…?

      • Louise
        11/23/2015 at 2:26 am

        Sorry for not knowing about a slow cook er…

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