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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!

  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.

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