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Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Toss out your takeout menus! This Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli is the best tasting Chinese food I have ever made at home, not to mention the easiest. It even tastes better than any beef & broccoli I’ve ever eaten out of a white paperboard pail. The brown sugar and the garlic and the sesame oil and the soy sauce all mix together to make the most delectable sauce, and the beef and broccoli cooked to perfection in the slow cooker.

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This recipe only takes 4 ½ hours total to cook, so it makes a great weekend recipe. If you work an 8+ hour day during the week like I do and can’t let this cook while you’re gone, you can also always cook it in the evening and refrigerate to serve the next day. My favorite part about using a slow cooker is just being able to toss the ingredients in and walk away, and this worked perfectly. I let the recipe start cooking a little after lunch time today, went to the gym, did some cleaning and errands, read for a while, got some other things done, and when it was dinner time, voila! It was already waiting.

I found this Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli recipe on one of my absolute favorite blogs, Table for Two. Every dish she posts is absolutely drool-worthy. If you’ve never been to her blog, check it out for more delicious recipes!

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli


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Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

Yield: 4 (1 cup) servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb uncooked lean & trimmed boneless top round roast of beef, sliced thin and cut into bite-sized pieces (I bought it pre-sliced thin into cutlets at Wegmans and then just had to cut it into pieces)
  • 1 cup fat free beef broth
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (found by the other Asian products)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets/pieces, unthawed

Directions:

  1. Combine the broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and garlic in your slow cooker and stir together to combine. Add the uncooked beef pieces and mix until the beef is covered by the liquid.
  2. Turn crock pot temperature to low and cover. Cook for 4 hours (the original recipe says 6 but my beef was perfect after 4 hours, so check to see if yours is done at 4 and if not you can add more time) until the beef is cooked through.
  3. Remove 4 tablespoons of the liquid from your slow cooker to a bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Once combined, add the cornstarch mixture back into the slow cooker and mix in thoroughly. Add the frozen broccoli and stir in. Re-cover the slow cooker and cook on low for another half hour.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
9 per serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
305 calories, 20 g carbs, 13 g sugars, 11 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 29 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

Source: Table for Two

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

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94 comments on “Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli”

  1. This looks YUMMY! 🙂

  2. This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for posting it.

  3. Made this for dinner tonight using venison back straps which are super lean & tender. Thumbs up!

  4. Looks amazing, can’t find Ziplist on your page anymore or the ability to save the recipe, is that changed now?

  5. Could you use fresh broccoli?

  6. YUM! This looks seriously amazing. I wonder how a little fresh ginger would work in it..

    I had a plan for Friday dinner-date night in but with Boyfriend approval I’m making this instead! We’re both big broccoli fans so I shouldnt have to twist his arm :o)

  7. What would you serve this with? I know traditionally it yould go well with rice, but white rice would be wayyyy to many extra points and I don’t like brown rice. Maybe just over more steamed broccoli?

  8. Do you think this would work with chicken? I guess cook time would probably be less…
    Sounds DELISH!

  9. Could you double the recipe?? Would you double even the cornstarch to 4 tablespoons and cooking liquid to 8 tablespoons? Would cooking time still be the same (4hrs.)? What size crock-pot do you use? Looks and sounds like something my family would enjoy! Thanks Emily for all of your wonderful recipes and hard work. Makes being on WW easier to deal with when having to cook for the family. 🙂

  10. Looks so great-???? my husband doesn’t like soy sauce or teriyake–? any suggestion for a substitute?? Would be so appreciated!! LOUV YOUR SITE!!!
    sherry107

    • Hm, I’m not really sure what to suggest – it sounds like your husband just doesn’t like Chinese food! Haha. The soy sauce in this is one of the major flavors, so I wouldn’t recommend replacing it.

  11. Anything for substituting sesame seed oil….its
    11$ at my local store

  12. This was very good! I cooked it for dinner and even with my nostrils clogged with the remnants of the flu I can smell it and I took a small bite… best at home chinese food I’ve ever made.

  13. This was the first recipe I’d tried off your site, I’ll definitely be making it again! I think next time I might add a little fresh ginger as someone else suggested, and a little red pepper flake to give it a little kick.

    Thank you!

  14. I made this exactly as the receipe called for and it was WONDERFUL! I have always wanted to cook my own Chinese food dishes but never could get the taste right. This was so easy. I love your site. Thanks for doing all the work for us.

  15. I just made this for dinner tonight, and it was a huge hit. Served it w brown rice, and can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

  16. I made this last night and it is absolutely delicious! I used peanut oil instead of sesame oil since that’s what I had on hand, but that didn’t seem to make a huge difference. My coworkers were VERY jealous today when they smelled my amazing food. It was fantastic reheated. Next time I might add more broccoli, but I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe. Thanks Emily!

  17. Emily,
    Would it be possible to make this not in a slow cooker but just on the stove? I sadly do not own a slow cooker. Do you know what the adjusted cooking time would be?

    • I’m sure you could probably make it on the stove. I’ve never made it that way though so I can’t give you cooking times! Hope it’s good 🙂

    • Hi There! I made this on the stove top last night as I forgot to prep the crock pot… Here’s what I did. Cooked the meat in a non stick pan. Afterward, combined the broth, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and garlic. Cooked at med heat for about 10 min. Mixed the corn starch and broth and cooked for another 5 min. Added *cooked* broccoli and mixed. It turned out AMAZING and didn’t take long at all. Thanks emilybites for the awesome recipe! On our “to keep” list.

    • Thanks for posting the stovetop directions! Glad it worked out 🙂

  18. I think I bought the wrong meat! Mine is top round steak cut thin, not roast. Do you think this will still work the same way??

    • I bought top round cut about 1/4 inch thick and then about 1 inch by 1 inch cuts I am tripling the recipe as I have 7 people to feed but any good piece of beef would work with this, slow cooking meat in a crock pot makes most meats tender.

  19. Just made this tonight – Oh. My. it is sooooo good!!! Even my KIDS ate it! Definitely a new regular menu item in my house!

  20. Any advice for making this in a pressure cooker?

  21. Just made this tonight for dinner. Oh my gosh amazing is all I can say. Next time I am going to try it with chicken and chicken broth. I am thinking it will be just as good. Thanks for all your recipes. They are healthy and very good! 🙂

  22. This was delicious. I’ll put it this way – I had one serving, and my boyfriend had three! I was hoping for leftovers, but it’s all gone!

    One thing – My beef was actually a little overdone at 4 hours. I’ll probably check it at 3 hours next time. It probably depends on how big your pieces are.

  23. THIS.WAS.DELISH!!! Thank you so much for the yummy recipe!!

  24. Gorgeous photos! I love broccoli and beef. 😀

  25. Made this last week and stopped at Wegmans this morning to pick up some more of the beef cutlets to make it again soon. It was delicious! Thanks!!

  26. If I use fresh broccoli, do I need to cook it first before adding it to the crockpot?

  27. Emily – this was SO good. Thanks for another great recipe!!!!

  28. This is excellent! I’m 2/2 on your website now!

  29. This is an amazing recipe and so easy to make. My family loves it. I doubled the recipe so I could have left-overs.

  30. My husband liked it so much that he asked if he could have the leftovers for dinner the next night! Extra points for getting me out of a night of cooking =)

  31. I’ve made this twice now–the entire family loves it!!

  32. I tried this tonight and it was delicious. I love orange flavor, so I sliced up an orange and added to crock pot, then also added a little bit of ginger and some red pepper flakes for a little kick. I fished out all the oranges before eating. It was so good!

  33. How long does it need to cook on high?

  34. Very good but alittle soupy

  35. This looks amazing but between the broth and the soy sauce I can’t even image what the sodium count is on this. any idea???

    • Nope, I’ve never tracked sodium before. I used low sodium soy sauce and I’m sure you can do reduced sodium beef broth. Hope that helps!

  36. Made this tonight! Yum!!!!!

  37. I added water chestnuts soooo yummy this is a repeat recipe for me

  38. This tastes amazing! Had it for supper tonight :d

  39. This was sooooo good! I served it over brown rice. Your recipes have been hits in my house. Thank you for such delicious ways to cut our calories! 🙂

  40. This was delicious and easy to prepare. Leftovers were fantastic. Made the recipe as written, but for next time I think I will add more broccoli and possibly water chestnuts as well, because I love them!

  41. This recipe is a major win, thanks!

  42. I am making this tonight, I am tripling the recipe cause there are 7 people to feed, and I omitted the sesame oil thinking it wouldn’t make a difference, I hope I am not wrong. When I smelled the liquid mixture it reminded me of beef jerky, so I think it will come out pretty tasty without it. I also used garlic powder and not fresh garlic since I forgot to get some when I got the other ingredients last night. I am thinking of going to buy chow mien from the place down the street to go with it but think the Jasmine Rice I am making will be just fine…maybe I will buy some egg rolls who knows lol…I expect my kids will LOVE this and my son has been trying to get me to buy the packaged mix from the store to make this and I have hesitated so I am glad I came across this recipe. Also, in tripling the recipe would I also triple the cornstarch mix? I would think so but just want to be sure.

  43. sounds great! Except the frozen broccoli part. Why not use fresh?

  44. Unthawed broccoli??? Maybe you mean unfrozen or thawed broccoli.

  45. Made this tonight and it was deeeelicious!!! Will definitely be on the regular rotation.

  46. I cooked it for 2 hrs on high, perfect and added steam fresh broccoli cooked for another 30 minutes

  47. I made this yesterday and it’s super delicious! My wife and kids really liked it and they eat a lot! I will definitely cook this again. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Making now. Just sampled and OH MY!! Thank you! Terrific recipe!

  49. This was great and easy! I used lean stew beef and it completely fell apart, but it was still delicious! Served over brown rice.

  50. Hello from the UK! Just made this for dinner! It was really yummy! You have some fab recipes – I ordered cup measures especially to make them! X

  51. This is my second time making this.. it is absolutely delicious. The sauce smells incredible while it’s cooking and the meat came out so tender.

  52. What size slow cooker did you use?

  53. I made a vegan version of this tonight. Used veggie broth instead of beef. I also used a ton of fresh veggies that I had on hand: broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, green beans and even about 5 Brussels sprouts. Since I have a Crockpot the size of an aircraft carrier, I doubled the recipe so that I would have enough liquid. The house smells DIVINE! This will be our “wrap up 2013” family meal tomorrow over quinoa or rice – depending on what DH decides to cook. (Hey, I slaved over the Crockpot; he can make the accompaniment.)

  54. Even though this recipe is coming up on its birthday, I am finally making it!! Looking forward to seeing and tasting the results!

  55. Making this tomorrow but with boneless chicken breast instead of beef — will add water chestnuts scallions and more fresh broccoli — so glad i have the sesame oil. Making home made fried rice to go with it yummm.

  56. YUM! I have never tried Beef and Broccoli before but this sounded good, so I gave it a try. It was fabulous! Another Emily Bites hit at my house. This was super easy and will be perfect for when school starts in a few weeks. Thanks, Emily, for making Weight Watchers so easy for me 🙂

  57. I just made this in my crockpot with (raw, sliced in strips) chicken breasts and fresh (cut into little florets) broccoli and it tastes DELICIOUS! I only needed to cook it on high for about 45 minutes, then added the cornstarch and cooked for an additional 15 minutes. Thanks for this AMAZING recipe- it will definitely go into my rotation!

  58. Emily – have you ever tried to freeze the beef/broccoli leftovers? Thanks!

  59. This dish was so delicious!! I added mushrooms and onion. I will definitely make this again.

  60. Emily – first let me say that I am a devoted follower of your recipes and use them all the time. Thank you so much. I have made this dish a couple of times now and have a couple of comments. First, I agree with one of the commenters above that my meat was done well before four hours so next time I will decrease the time a bit. Second, I have consistently found that the frozen broccoli cooled the mixture down so much that the pot was lukewarm after the final 30 minutes, so I’m going to up the time after adding the broccoli to an hour. Hopefully, that will not make the broccoli soggy! Finally, I haven’t had much luck getting the sauce to thicken up with the cornstarch so next time I’m going to try removing some liquid right at the end and doing that part on the stove to see if I have better results. This is a great dish with brown rice, or I have served it with cauliflower rice also! Thanks again for the great recipes.

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