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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
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Cook time: 
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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. Betsy
    01/18/2015 at 2:07 pm

    Love this dish. I have modified it by adding a generous pinch of red pepper flakes, and topping it with diagonally sliced green onions when I serve it. gives a nice “bite” and “crunch!” It’s a family favorite!

    • elizabeth
      04/03/2015 at 9:12 pm

      great idea. i also sub the cornstarch for arrowroot powder, the soy sauce with Coconut Aminos or Bragg’s Aminos, and also the brown sugar with Coconut crystals. to adapt it to paleo. so good! thank you Julie!

      • Marinna
        06/20/2015 at 9:18 am

        Did you use the some proportions for the arrowroot and aminos?? I was going to make this recipe with those same adjustments also!

      • Julie
        06/20/2015 at 4:01 pm

        Yes, you can use the same proportions

  2. Tina
    01/19/2015 at 10:40 am

    This looks absolutely delicious, but a necescary question : is there anything you would suggest to replace the sesame seed oil? Or can I skip it? I am allergic to sesame seeds…

    Thanks in advance!

    • Julie
      01/19/2015 at 7:20 pm

      You can skip it. I think it adds a nice flavor but I don’t think you’ll miss it too much if you’ve never had sesame oil before :)

  3. Laura Linn
    01/19/2015 at 8:24 pm

    This was fantastic, will definitely make it again.

  4. Julie
    01/25/2015 at 2:22 am

    Made it today! Loved it.

  5. Briana
    01/25/2015 at 1:03 pm

    Just wondering if I can swap out the beef and use chicken with the same ingredients?

    • Julie
      01/26/2015 at 7:39 am

      Hi Briana, yes, you could.

  6. Nancy
    01/26/2015 at 4:28 pm

    Absolutely phenomenal recipe. Did not use crock pot.. Simply cooked on stove top over low heat for about 5 hours. In addition used stew meat which I cut into very small cubes (browned beforehand) and added a few wedges of onion to the mix! Will DEFINITELY make again! Also topped with green onion.

    • Julie
      01/27/2015 at 8:06 am

      Oh awesome – I love that you didn’t use the slow cooker for this!

  7. Katie A.
    01/26/2015 at 7:33 pm

    Made this tonight and it was amazing! I added mushrooms and green onions and cut the soy sauce in half and it was delish! My husband and 15 month old loved it as well!! Thank you for this recipe, it’s a keeper :)

    • Julie
      01/27/2015 at 8:06 am

      Wonderful! So glad everyone enjoyed it! :)

  8. Erica
    01/27/2015 at 9:22 am

    Love! This recipe is a bi-weekly regular in our house. I make it for other people any chance I get! I don’t like/don’t have time for morning meal prep so I make the sauce and slice up my beef and marinate overnight. Then I can just turn on in the morning and go! The first time I made this I accidentally cooked it for almost 10 hours and ended up with shredded beef as one commenter mentioned. My husband actually loved it that way as it mixes better into the rice. We also add other veg to change it up and add colour; carrots, snap peas, red peppers. I never have dark brown sugar, the golden yellow sugar works out fine. I will also say that the cut of meat matters! The quick stir fry beef strips are easy, but don’t come out as tender. A win all around without changes necessary.

    • Julie
      01/28/2015 at 7:50 am

      I actually like it like shredded beef too! I’m glad everyone enjoyed it and it’s become a regular in your house :)

  9. NanaE
    02/03/2015 at 12:22 pm

    Hey! Making the recipe now, I wanted to add some fresh onions, fresh broccoli, fresh green/red peppers, when do I add those into the pot? Thanks!!!

    • Julie
      02/04/2015 at 7:55 am

      I would add them 2 hours before the dish finishes.

  10. Mak
    02/04/2015 at 10:24 am

    If I want this to cook faster, can I cook it on high for half the time and expect the same results and taste? Thanks

    • Julie
      02/05/2015 at 11:09 am

      Yup, I believe numerous people have cooked it on high before.

  11. 02/08/2015 at 2:41 am

    Yummy, one of my favorites. thanks for sharing.


  12. Jasmine
    02/08/2015 at 10:55 pm

    Im halfway through cooking this. Had to taste the meat while the broccoli is cooking and its deelish.

  13. Amanda
    02/09/2015 at 4:33 pm

    I made this about two weeks ago and loved it! My only qualm was that I am a little confused as to what ‘cooking liquid’ you mean to mix the corn starch with? The last time I made it I mixed it with the liquid in the crockpot and it did not turn out very well. I would appreciate to know what you meant by the ‘cooking liquid” :) Thanks!

    • Julie
      02/10/2015 at 8:25 am

      Yes, I meant the liquid in the slow cooker. That’s strange it didn’t turn out well for you. Could you elaborate what happened? I use it basically to just dissolve the cornstarch because if you put cornstarch straight into the slow cooker without dissolving it, it could get clumpy.

  14. Patty
    02/11/2015 at 8:53 am

    This looks fantastic! Is there a substitution for the soy sauce? My son is allergic to it.

    • Julie
      02/12/2015 at 9:07 am

      You can use coconut amino as a soy sauce substitute.

  15. Rhonda
    02/12/2015 at 9:55 pm

    Mine is in the crock pot as I type! I doubled the recipe as my troops love to eat left overs the next day. Only been cooking for almost 2 hours on low but house smells amazing. Will keep you posted :)

    • Julie
      02/13/2015 at 7:29 am


  16. Andy
    02/18/2015 at 10:26 am

    Can’t wait to try this out! Dumb question (I’m basically teaching myself how to cook) – the “cooking liquid” that you’re mixing with the corn starch is the sauce from the crockpot. Should I remove the beef from the crockpot while I’m making the slurry? Also, once I add the slurry back into the crockpot, should I add the beef back in for the additional 30 minutes?

    • Julie
      02/18/2015 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Andy – not a dumb question :) you don’t have to remove the beef – I didn’t..I just stirred the slurry around with it! Hope that helps. Enjoy :)

  17. Alicia
    02/22/2015 at 9:36 am

    This looks great! I don’t have frozen broccoli but I have fresh. Should I add it later in the cooking time? Thanks!

    • Julie
      02/22/2015 at 9:43 am

      Hey Alicia! If you take a look at the ‘notes’ section of the recipe, it states when to add the fresh broccoli!

  18. Alicia
    02/22/2015 at 9:44 am

    Sorry- I found the answer!

  19. Leslie M
    02/28/2015 at 6:30 pm

    Does meat stay in when adding cornstarch?

    • Julie
      03/01/2015 at 5:05 pm


  20. Annette
    02/28/2015 at 8:39 pm

    came out tasty but didn’t thicken at all, tips?

    • Julie
      03/03/2015 at 4:24 pm

      Remove the liquid from the pot and put it in a small saucepan over medium heat and add the cornstarch to thicken that way.

  21. Erin
    03/01/2015 at 10:45 am

    This recipe sounds delicious! Do you have the calorie count on it?

    • Julie
      03/01/2015 at 5:07 pm

      No, please refer to the FAQ’s as to why I don’t post that.

  22. Brittany
    03/10/2015 at 1:00 pm

    Should the beef be thawed before throwing into the slow cooker?

    • Julie
      03/11/2015 at 12:42 pm

      Yes, it should be thawed.

  23. Ellaine
    03/12/2015 at 6:27 pm

    Hello there!

    This is an absolutely easy to follow recipe! I just bought my own crockpot and excited to make new delish food for my boyfriend and I! If I use regular soy sauce instead of low sodium soy sauce, will it make a huge difference? ( Sorry it’s a no brainer question but just want to make sure I can get this right) I’m looking forward to trying this out!

    Thank you (:

    • Julie
      03/14/2015 at 9:04 am

      No, it won’t make a huge difference! It just might be slightly saltier but not to an extreme.

  24. Julie Williams
    03/18/2015 at 3:42 am

    could I just use beef stock instead of beef consume?

    • Julie
      03/18/2015 at 7:34 am

      Yup, you sure can!

  25. Anita
    03/18/2015 at 8:52 am

    I made this last night and we gave it two thumbs up! We don’t like our food really sweet, so I cut the brown sugar to 2 T (and actually used a brown sugar/splenda blend), I used olive oild, and I added a teasp. of ground ginger! I served it over brown rice. It was Delicious! This will be something that I will make often now. It’s easy and tasted like the beef and broccoli from our favorite Chinese Take Out down the street
    : Thanks!

  26. john
    03/22/2015 at 10:29 am

    WOW!Absolutely amazing. 6 Hrs in my crock pot it turned out perfectly. I did add a little seasoning but this is a great recipe. .Definitely making this again. Thanks for the recipe.

  27. Karen
    04/04/2015 at 1:08 am

    Julie, I love your blog! I had never used a recipe to cook until I became very ill 11 months ago. I was in hospital for a while, and when I came home, could only hold down soup broth and apple sauce. Smells of food cooking made me sick to my stomach, and my husband doesn’t cook, so the kitchen was unused until January of this year. Long story short, I had to learn how to cook again. My sense of taste/smell isn’t what it used to be, but it’s getting better. I made this dish today, and it was incredible. Tender, tasty and terrific!!! Thanks for helping me to gain the confidence to attempt to cook again.

    • Julie
      04/05/2015 at 9:13 am

      I’m so glad you’re getting better, Karen! I’m thrilled that my blog has helped you gain confidence to cook again – that is the best compliment, ever! Hope you continue to be on the mend and make wonderful dishes in the kitchen!

  28. Connie
    04/04/2015 at 6:46 am

    I would like to make this for a week day dinner. Does this make enough to feed 5 people ( 2 adults and 3 kids)?

    • Julie
      04/05/2015 at 9:12 am

      If you serve it over a bed of rice, I think it would serve just about that many, but depends on how much each individual person eats. If you’re worried, I would double it. Leftovers of this are awesome :)

  29. April
    04/05/2015 at 7:06 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner. Used round steak as that is what I had on hand. Had all ingredients. It was really good. Wish I had more broccoli on hand. Oh did I mention I hate steak. This was very tender and flavorful. Did add onions and red pepper flakes. I will be making this again. Found on pintrest. YUM, thanks for sharing.

  30. Emily
    04/10/2015 at 5:08 pm

    YUM! This is a keeper for sure. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out delicious! I did, however, only cook the meat for 4 hours because it was already so tender. I’m pregnant with my first baby and this satisfied my cravings for certain! Better than any take-out I’ve had. Hoping to turn this into a freezer meal for when baby arrives! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  31. Kim
    04/17/2015 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve made this in the crockpot before and loved it. Tonight, I doubled the meat and quadrupled the sauce (we love the sauce) and cooked it on the stovetop. I used steam in bag broccoli and stirred it in at the end after the slurry was cooked down. We loved it! I actually think I prefer it on the stovetop. Though I will have to try it in the crockpot again now that I have one that is self stirring! (Best $50 I’ve ever spent!)

    Thanks so much!

  32. Amanda
    04/17/2015 at 8:49 pm

    One word…..Wow. So yummy so easy to make….Thank you

  33. 04/21/2015 at 2:04 pm

    Hi there – am interested in making this recipe but my roast is bone-in – any special instructions or will we just have to pull the meat off when it’s cooked? Thank you!

    • Julie
      04/22/2015 at 8:51 am

      It should be fine, but yeah, you would just have to pull the meat off when it is done cooking!

  34. 04/23/2015 at 2:20 am

    Trying this recipe right now! Started a bit late so will be eating late but i think it will be worth it!
    Added in cracked pepper, squirt of siracha, sliced onion, sliced celery & carrot (just for bit more veg). Hope it turns out as delish as yours looks!

  35. Katie
    04/27/2015 at 4:41 pm

    Can i use inside round strips usually used for stir fry??

    • Julie
      04/28/2015 at 12:37 pm

      You should be able to!

  36. 05/06/2015 at 4:36 pm

    I’m so glad I happened upon your blog on Pinterest. This looks delicious.

    • Julie
      05/07/2015 at 8:26 am

      I’m so glad you found my blog too :)

  37. Laura
    05/11/2015 at 8:04 pm

    Made this tonight… What a hit! delicious!!!

  38. Nina
    05/14/2015 at 11:57 am

    Can you do this on the stove instead in the crockpot

    • Julie
      05/14/2015 at 7:35 pm

      Sure can!

  39. Jahaira
    05/18/2015 at 12:11 pm

    I am just putting this in the slow cooker. I doubled the recipe as my husband loves leftovers. I will let you know how it goes, I plan on adding some mushrooms to it as well..

  40. Gene H.
    06/08/2015 at 11:19 am

    Well, I enjoy cooking. Although, I’m not a chef, or want to be one.. I am a Graphic Artist and I appreciate anyone who’s creative with food. Recipe looks Delicious. I am getting ready to make it right now.

  41. Nancy
    06/08/2015 at 6:24 pm

    I am watching my carbs. How many carbs are in the beef and broccoli only per serving?

    • Julie
      06/09/2015 at 10:30 am

      I don’t calculate nutrition facts, sorry.

    • Kelly
      07/04/2015 at 12:11 pm

      Nancy, you can plug the recipe into the recipe maker on (free site!) and it will give you the nutritional breakdown. I plan on doing that later, as I’m making this today. :)

      Julie: Thanks for the beautiful recipe. It sounds and looks amazing. I can’t wait to smell it and taste it for myself. :) I’m hoping I can substitute the brown sugar with stevia (as I have to avoid sugar) — so this will be an experiment (I know it won’t get the same flavour but we’ll see what happens).

  42. Jessica
    06/11/2015 at 7:07 pm

    Hands down the BEST beef and broccoli I have ever eaten. My daughter, who hates everything, scraped the remaining sauce off the serving dish…
    Thank You! We will make this again and again!

  43. Monica
    06/17/2015 at 4:11 am

    I love broccoli but my hubby is not a fan. Can I use green beans instead?

    • Julie
      06/17/2015 at 7:49 am

      Sure, can! Just, if you like them crunchier, I would add them in closer to when the dish is finished, otherwise, if you like them mushy, you can add them in the beginning.

  44. Kandy
    06/22/2015 at 11:18 am

    Making this now, smells delicious. My husband wanted me to add water chestnuts to it when I add the broccoli so we are going to try it with that. I doubled the recipe since we are a family of 5. I used light brown sugar because I was out of dark. Hope this doesn’t make a huge diffrence. Can’t wait for dinner!

  45. Madison
    06/28/2015 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t have any beef. Would this be just as good with chicken or do you prefer beef.

    • Julie
      06/29/2015 at 7:41 am

      It’d be good with chicken, too

  46. 07/01/2015 at 7:05 am

    I pinned this and it had 26 repins in a week. Now that should tell you how good it looks.

  47. Hannah
    07/11/2015 at 3:27 pm

    This was very good! My husband said it was “company worthy”. I might make it a tad bit less sweet next time, but I will definitely be making it again.

  48. Nananananers
    07/21/2015 at 4:43 pm

    this smells fantastic! I am wondering if it freezes well as a freezer meal, I am expecting a baby this winter and am trying to find delicious and healthy meals to have prepared while I’m out of cooking commission ;-)

    • Julie
      07/22/2015 at 7:23 am

      I haven’t froze it myself but I would think it would freeze well and re-heat easily.

  49. Randi
    07/30/2015 at 8:48 pm

    I have made this probably 20 times. Love the flavor but cannot get the sauce thick. It doesn’t matter how much cornstarch I add, it’s always broth-like. I’ve even tried simmering the sauce/cornstarch mix on the stove and no luck. Any idea what’s going wrong here?

    • Julie
      07/31/2015 at 7:11 am

      Ok, that’s really strange if it’s simmering on the stove and you add a bunch of cornstarch. Whenever I do liquids and add cornstarch to it, it immediately thickens. I’m now wondering how old your cornstarch is? Or, I feel like you should try tapioca flour or arrowroot powder. I know arrowroot thickens really well. So maybe try that first.

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