Slow-Cooker Garlic-Sesame Beef

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 5 hours


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 01, 2023
My mom received this marinade recipe from a neighbor while she lived in Seoul, South Korea, which is where I was adopted from. Mom created heritage night for my brother and me, and she served Korean bulgogi with sticky rice, kimchi and chopsticks. As a busy mom of four, I keep her tradition alive with this slow cooker Korean beef!—Jackie Brown, Fairview, North Carolina
Slow-Cooker Garlic-Sesame Beef Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (3 pounds), thinly sliced
  • Additional sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. In a large shallow dish, mix the first 8 ingredients. Add beef; turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Pour beef and marinade into a 3-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 5-7 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove beef to a serving platter; sprinkle with additional green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with rice.

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tips

How do I make this dish spicy?

Easy—add a teaspoon of sriracha or gochujang (a Korean chili paste).

What can I serve with this dish?

Serve over rice or cauliflower rice along with kimchi and a fried egg for a complete meal in a bowl. You can also find inspiration in our recipes for Asian-inspired dinners.

What can I prep in advance?

Slice your garlic, onions and beef. Then marinate overnight for some hands-off flavor-melding time.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup (calculated without rice and additional sesame seeds): 384 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 145mg cholesterol, 471mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 47g protein.