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Slow-Cooker Beef and Broccoli

I love introducing my kids to all kinds of flavors. This Asian-inspired slow-cooker beef and broccoli meal is one of their favorites, so I serve it often. —Brandy Stansbury, Edna, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1-1/2 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Optional: Sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onions

Directions

  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 5 ingredients. Add beef; stir to coat. Cover and cook on low until tender, about 6 hours.
  • In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until thickened, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, place a steamer basket over 1 in. of water. Place broccoli in basket. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; steam, covered, until crisp-tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir broccoli into slow cooker. Serve over rice. If desired, garnish with optional ingredients.

Slow-Cooker Beef and Broccoli Tips

How can I make this dish healthier?

To make this Crock-Pot recipe healthier, you can use substitutes for brown sugar and soy sauce. Omit the brown sugar and swap in honey instead. To reduce your sodium intake, omit the regular soy sauce and use a low-sodium soy sauce or tamari sauce/a>.

Do you put the meat in raw/uncooked?

We recommend browning the meat before placing it in your Crock-Pot or slow cooker. Follow this
slow-cooker tip to bring out the meat's flavor and juices.

How do you thicken beef and broccoli?

You can thicken this beef and broccoli recipe by adding more cornstarch. Learn more about thickening agents, like cornstarch, in our comprehensive guide to the best thickeners.

What do I serve with Crock-Pot/slow-cooker beef and broccoli?

Serve this beef and broccoli recipe over a bed of white rice or even cauliflower rice for a complete dish. Try any of our Asian appetizers or Asian sides to round out the meal.

Can I cook this Crock-Pot recipe on high for less time?

For a quicker recipe, we recommend trying our speedyBeef Broccoli Stir-Fry or our Saucy Beef with Broccoli recipe for faster results than the slow cooker. Both take between 25 and 30 minutes tops in the skillet!
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 366 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 1696mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 42g protein.

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  • Ellen
    Aug 26, 2020

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  • Roxanne
    Jun 10, 2020

    I made this tonight. It was restaurant quality. Seriously. The only change I made was adding onions after the corn starch. I browned the meat in a skillet before putting it in the crock pot. Next time I am going to use fresh broccoli, I had to use frozen this time because they were out. The only drawback at all, is that it is salty.