Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli


Note: This post first appeared on September 12, 2012. The recipe has been edited slightly (to make the recipe easier to understand if you were having issues before) and the photography got a facelift! Enjoy!

Slow cooker beef and broccoli is easy to make at home and such a warm comforting meal to have in a big bowl of rice! Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!

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

Slow cooker beef and broccoli is easy to make at home and such a warm comforting meal to have in a big bowl of rice! Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!

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 :)

Slow cooker beef and broccoli is easy to make at home and such a warm comforting meal to have in a big bowl of rice! Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!

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.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
6 hrs 40 mins

Much better than calling take-out; simply whip out your slow cooker and make this beef and broccoli at home!

Servings: 4
  • 1 lb boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup beef consumme or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Frozen broccoli florets (as many as desired I believe I used almost 3 cups)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 4 tbsp of liquid from slow cooker
  • Cooked white rice
  1. In the insert of the crockpot, whisk together beef consume or stock, 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 4-6 hours. See notes below.

  4. When done, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cooking liquid, pour into crockpot, stir to mix well. Cook on low for an additional 30 minutes to thicken up the sauce. Please see notes if your sauce does not thicken.

  5. Toss in your broccoli florets then serve hot over white rice.
Recipe Notes

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 slow cooker. You add them in at the same time as you add the cornstarch mixture. As stated in the instructions, after you add the cornstarch mixture, 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 mixture. 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.

If you find that your mixture is not thickening, simply drain the liquid from the slow cooker and place it in a small pot over the stove over medium-high heat. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir into the liquid. This should thicken the sauce.

Photography by Sarah Fennel


Posted on December 24, 2016

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  1. Gaby Dalkin
    12/27/2016 at 10:03 pm

    Perfect comfort food for a winter night in, and much healthier and inexpensive than takeout!

  2. baby
    12/28/2016 at 3:36 am

    Hi is there any way i can substitute the sesame oil ?

    • Julie
      12/28/2016 at 7:44 am

      You can just omit it.

      • Baby
        12/28/2016 at 3:48 pm

        Great thanks for replying. I can’t wait to try this recipe out. Looks so delicious. Blessed day.

  3. Sommer @aspicyperspective
    12/28/2016 at 8:37 am

    This looks delicious! I need to serve this up for dinner soon!

  4. Jenny Flake
    12/28/2016 at 9:30 am

    Ahhhh, this looks so good Julie!

  5. Marla Meridith
    12/28/2016 at 9:50 am

    This recipe looks wonderful Julie!

  6. Heather Christo
    12/28/2016 at 4:00 pm

    I LOVE beef and broccoli and really like the idea of making it while I am out!

  7. Susan W
    01/01/2017 at 3:11 pm

    Calorie count per serving ?

    • Julie
      01/01/2017 at 3:14 pm

      Unfortunately, no. There are many reasons as to why I don’t post nutritional information on my recipes, one of which is that I simply do not have the time to do this. Also, I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist so for me to give any sort of nutritional information would be incorrect and inaccurate. There are also many differing factors when it comes to nutritional information and since I do not have the knowledge in this, I do not feel comfortable posting this sort of information. If you must have this information, there are many calculators out there (free and paid) that can help you with calculations. A simple Google search would pull up some of these calculators, but again, I’m not endorsing them as I do not know how accurate they may be.

  8. Becky
    01/02/2017 at 1:37 pm

    Yummy and I know exactly what’s in it

  9. kay stevens
    01/02/2017 at 4:19 pm

    it sounds lovely but it is a recipe for four, not two and there is just one of me and I’m not much for leftovers.

    • Julie
      01/02/2017 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Kay, in the servings, it says it is for four. I’m sorry that you think this site is just for two servings/two people. If you would like an in-depth reason why my blog is named Table for Two, please read the FAQs section. Happy New Year!

      • Edale
        11/10/2017 at 2:56 pm

        I’m confused too. I was looking for recipes to serve 2 using a small slow cooker. Saw the heading “table for two” and assumed, naturally, that there would be recipes to feed 2 people. Disappointed.

  10. Mallory
    01/08/2017 at 8:03 pm

    Made this tonight! It was so good my husband and I both went back for seconds. OK maybe thirds lol. Who’s counting? Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Ashley W
    01/10/2017 at 12:58 pm


    I’d love to try this out but do you think it could be cooked on high for around 2.5-3 hours with the same result? Thanks!

    • Julie
      01/11/2017 at 6:12 am

      Hi, I think it would work, yes!

  12. Angela
    01/22/2017 at 12:39 pm

    Hello I’m interested in preparing this meal and was trying to see if I can use flour instead of cornstarch? And do u have to have oil?

    • Julie
      01/22/2017 at 7:27 pm

      Yes, you can use flour instead. You don’t have to use the sesame oil but it would give it a lot more flavor.

  13. Amy
    01/26/2017 at 6:54 pm

    I want to make this tonight, but I didn’t have time to set it up in the crockpot this morning. Is there a way I can prepare it stovetop?

    • Julie
      01/27/2017 at 7:36 am

      Yes, you likely could. Just sear the beef strips then pour the sauce on top and let it thicken in the skillet.

  14. Lauren
    02/09/2017 at 6:58 pm

    Just put this in my slow cooker — can’t wait to try it tonight!! THANKS!!!

  15. Shwetha
    02/25/2017 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Juli,

    Can I use chicken instead of beef in the recipe, or would that alter the preparation too much?

    • Julie
      02/26/2017 at 8:09 am

      You can but the chicken might turn out slightly dry unless you use chicken thighs.

  16. Bill
    03/07/2017 at 12:03 pm

    Just put this in the crock pot. Here’s hoping tripling everything works well, as i had a 3+ lb roast. I also subbed 1 tbsp molasses for the 1/3 cup brown sugar, as i didnt have brown sugar. I also put in a couple shakes of red pepper flakes.

    • Julie
      03/08/2017 at 7:59 am

      I hope it worked out for you!

  17. Chuck
    03/23/2017 at 5:21 pm

    Cooked 6 hrs and meat fell apart. Only cook for a max of 4 and 1/2 hrs..

  18. Martha Crannell
    03/26/2017 at 2:51 pm

    This is a new favorite at our house. I made 1.5 times the recipe for my husband, myself, and 4-and-6-year-old boys. Only had enough left for me for lunch the next day! It smells HEAVENLY while cooking; we were all hungry at dinnertime!

  19. Tricia
    04/02/2017 at 12:20 pm

    I have tried this recipe and now it is one of my family’s favorite dinner. The kids love it too. It is so easy and delicious. Thanks for the recipe! 😊

  20. Jennifer
    04/27/2017 at 8:21 pm

    I added sambal oelek and freshly squeezed orange juice. Yum, yum!

  21. Dee
    05/16/2017 at 3:58 pm

    I’m not sure if someone else commented on this, but you probably don’t want to use that timer for delayed start time if you are using meat. Meat sitting out at room temperature for several hours may not be safe. I believe it can grow bacteria that won’t be destroyed during cooking.

  22. Juliet
    05/21/2017 at 7:06 pm

    Made this tonight. It is delicious. Sauce was a little thin so next time I’ll double the corn starch mixture.

  23. Melanie Mayberry
    05/29/2017 at 12:39 pm

    The recipe’s absolutely delicious. We bought already pre-cut beef stew meat from the grocery store. The food melts in your mouth.

  24. Erin @
    06/21/2017 at 11:12 pm

    This seems delicious. Looking forward to trying this recipe over the weekend!

  25. Melissa Mendoza
    07/13/2017 at 11:14 pm

    Can I use fresh broccoli instead of frozen?

    • Julie
      07/14/2017 at 7:15 am

      Yes, please see recipe notes.

  26. Amber
    09/22/2017 at 12:31 pm

    We love this recipe in our house. I’ve made it many times. I use a London Broil cut as it makes thin slicing so easy (and I can usually find one on sale!) I typically omit the sesame oil and it’s still delicious. The only downside – There are never leftovers!

  27. Maria
    11/03/2017 at 2:03 pm

    Hi! This looks delicious. I’m going to make it tomorrow. However, I am deathly allergic to sesame. What other oil do you think would work? Thanks a bunch.

    • Julie
      11/03/2017 at 2:10 pm

      Hi! You can omit it.

  28. Michelle
    11/06/2017 at 10:52 am

    Hello. How long does it cook after adding frozen broccoli?

    • Julie
      11/06/2017 at 2:23 pm

      Hi, about 20-30 minutes longer. Just enough to heat it all through and for the mixture to get thick.

  29. Aimee
    12/03/2017 at 12:15 pm

    This is one of my favorite recipes! My son looooves Asian inspired dishes but we live in the boondocks so this is our go-to dish! It’s super easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing it!! ❤️ Ps I don’t even slice the beef…I just throw the whole chunk in the crock and let it shred if it happens. It’s yummy either way and it helps when I forget to thaw the beef! 😜

  30. Kara
    01/11/2018 at 6:27 pm

    Sorry if this is a repeat question. What is the difference between dark, and light brown sugar? Is it just the flavor?

    • Julie
      01/12/2018 at 7:24 am

      It’s simply the amount of molasses it contains. Brown sugar is made with mixing white granulated sugar with molasses. It changes the flavor ever so slightly but in this recipe, you will be fine to use whichever you have on hand.

  31. Jennifer Day
    01/18/2018 at 1:10 pm

    Can I sub peanut oil for sesame oil and just add some toasted sesame seeds?

    • Julie
      01/19/2018 at 6:55 am

      You could, sure. I just don’t know what it will taste like. Peanut oil may give it a different flavor.

  32. Diane
    02/12/2018 at 9:41 am

    Can you substitute peanut oil for sesame oil?

    • Julie
      02/12/2018 at 10:34 am

      Sure! it might change the flavor a tad but not by much.

  33. Monica
    02/20/2018 at 11:04 pm

    I’m out of beef broth. We’re having a bit of an ice storm and can’t go out. Can I just use water?

    • Julie
      02/21/2018 at 11:01 am

      Yep, that’s fine!

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