Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

  • This slow cooker beef and broccoli is perfect for those days that you are craving take-out! You can put this together in a snap and best of all, it is all made in the slow cooker!

    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!

    My favorite time of year is the transition from summer to fall. I love the cooler temperatures.

    It’s as if as soon as the temperature gets slightly cooler, my body immediately sends out some sort of alarm saying it needs comfort food.

    Soups, stews, cozy dinners!

    This is why this slow cooker beef and broccoli is the PERFECT meal to break in a slow cooker.

    It’s not just for cooler weather though. We have made this in the dead of summer when we were just absolutely craving take out but didn’t want to actually order it.

    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!

    How easy is this slow cooker beef and broccoli?

    Super easy. Take a look at the ingredient list below and you can see that you don’t need a lot to make this delicious meal!

    Can you use frozen broccoli florets instead of fresh?

    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.

    What about fresh broccoli?

    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.

    Can I cook this faster?

    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 want something faster, I suggest using my Instant Pot beef and broccoli recipe instead.

    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!

    Do you put the meat in raw/uncooked?

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

    My mixture doesn’t seem to thicken when I add in the cornstarch and water mixture.

    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.

    Cornstarch needs heat to thicken so perhaps if you have had the lid open for a while, the temperature of the liquids may have gone down and not have been high enough in temperature to activate the thickening agent of cornstarch.

    Additionally, if you decided to throw in your frozen broccoli florets BEFORE you added in your cornstarch mixture, that would have brought down the temperature of the liquids so you would need to cover and bring it up to temperature again.

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    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! #slowcooker #beefandbroccoli #takeout #crockpot

    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
    Calories: 370 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 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
    Instructions
    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 Video

    Recipe Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 370 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 10g 15%
    Saturated Fat 2g 10%
    Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 17g
    Protein 28g 56%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

    Photography by Sarah Fennel

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  • Gaby Dalkin says:

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

  • baby says:

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

    • Julie says:

      You can just omit it.

      • Baby says:

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

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

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

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Ahhhh, this looks so good Julie!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    This recipe looks wonderful Julie!

  • Heather Christo says:

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

  • Susan W says:

    Calorie count per serving ?

    • Julie says:

      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.

  • Becky says:

    Yummy and I know exactly what’s in it
    !

  • kay stevens says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  • Mallory says:

    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!

  • Ashley W says:

    Hi!

    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 says:

      Hi, I think it would work, yes!

  • Angela says:

    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 says:

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

  • Amy says:

    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 says:

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

  • Lauren says:

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

  • Shwetha says:

    Hi Juli,

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Bill says:

    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 says:

      I hope it worked out for you!

    • Cindi says:

      So how large of a crock pot did you use when tripling the recipe, and how long did you cook it?

  • Chuck says:

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

  • Martha Crannell says:

    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!

  • Tricia says:

    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! ?

  • Jennifer says:

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

  • Dee says:

    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.

  • Juliet says:

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

  • Melanie Mayberry says:

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

  • Erin @ burdenfreecaregiving.com says:

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

  • Melissa Mendoza says:

    Can I use fresh broccoli instead of frozen?

    • Julie says:

      Yes, please see recipe notes.

  • Amber says:

    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!

  • Maria says:

    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 says:

      Hi! You can omit it.

  • Michelle says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Aimee says:

    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! ?

  • Kara says:

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

    • Julie says:

      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.

  • Jennifer Day says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Diane says:

    Can you substitute peanut oil for sesame oil?

    • Julie says:

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

  • Monica says:

    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 says:

      Yep, that’s fine!

  • roz says:

    I just got a 1 1/2 quart slow cooker and don’t know what to do with it,

  • Paula says:

    This recipe is amazing! So quick and easy! I didn’t have sesame oil, so I just omitted that and added some diced onions. My husband LOVED it! Yay! Thank you for a super easy and delicious meal!

  • Marie says:

    This looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jessie says:

    Hi thanks for the recipe! I’m trying it today! I bought too much meat so I’m doubling the recipe…can I freeze some of the meat???

    • Julie says:

      Yes, definitely

  • Katie says:

    Does the nutrition information include the rice?

    • Julie says:

      It does not!

  • Marilyn says:

    What can you can you use instead of sugar. Not supposed to have it.

    • Julie says:

      coconut sugar? or can you not use ANY sugar?

  • Jennifer Logan says:

    I’m trying to figure out recipes that I can put together and then put in the freezer. I’m going out of town, and my mother-in-law is watching the kids. She’s not much of a cook and I just want to make things easy for her. I’ve made this recipe so many times and we all love it, I would like to put everything in a freezer bag, except the broccoli cornstarch and water, and then have her be able to just put it all in the crock pot. What’s your opinion on that? Do you think it would work?

    • Julie says:

      Ah yes, that’s smart! Definitely tell her to add the broccoli last or even blanched (you could blanch it, if using fresh, and then just tell her to add it in at the end to warm it up in the slow cooker) and definitely the cornstarch and water last too :) I think it would work!

  • Roberta Murvine says:

    wonder if you can use pre cooked canned beef

    • Julie says:

      I wouldn’t suggest it

  • Patricia says:

    Made this tonight and it was perfect. It was also much easier than my instapot beef broccoli recipie. We are newly empty nesters and was looking to making less food but then realized that with both of us working it’s nice to have leftovers so while I will definitely make it again I will be doubling the recipe next time. Thank you so much!

    • Julie says:

      Wonderful! Thank you for writing!

  • Valerie Neal says:

    I’m about to purchase the ingredients. Can’t wait to try it. I wanna thank you in advance. Will let you know how it goes?

  • Anna says:

    Have you tried this on low for more hours?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      No, I haven’t but I don’t recommend it because the beef ends up really shredded and you won’t have pieces/chunks. If you’re okay with that then you can do it for more hours. How much longer were you thinking?

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