Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli is an Asian dish that is super easy to make, and so much better tasting than take out. Everything cooks right in the crock pot, even the sauce. My family LOVES this easy beef and broccoli recipe – it’s one of my best crock pot recipes for Asian takeout at home!

After hosting my two younger sisters and 18-month-old niece for a long weekend, my heart is full and my refrigerator is empty. Whenever the three of us are together, the agenda gravitates towards our mutual top activity: eating and drinking. Although I loved showing them my favorite local restaurants and bars, we spent one of my favorite nights at home in our sweats eating the contents of my refrigerator, this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli included.

plate of slow cooker beef and broccoli served over rice

At least once a week, our dinner plan is a choose-your-own-adventure of blog recipe leftovers, and for one of their evenings in town, my sisters graciously agreed to participate. I made a quick cheese plate, poured glasses of sangria, and progressed to pulling out every container in our refrigerator. It was multi-course tasting menu of upcoming blog recipes, and for each one, I eagerly sought my sisters’ approval. This healthy Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef received a double thumbs up!

crock pot full of Asian Beef with Broccoli. A wooden spoon is stirring the dish.

I’ve been trying to better diversify the types of proteins in our diet, for health reasons and to keep dinner interesting. I rarely purchase red meat (it’s not my favorite, and I feel like it often gets a bad rap), but when our grocery store had a special on flank steak, I decided to give it a chance. It’s a lean cut and provides vitamins and minerals, such as iron and B12, and as I discovered while making this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli, it is delicious when paired with Asian flavors. (Karen’s
CrockPot Thai Steak Salad with Peanut-Hoisin Sauce sounds amazing for a different beef spin on the Asian flavors! Not feeling in the mood for Asian? This Crock Pot Beef Stew is another tasty idea!)

plate of Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli with rice

Easy Beef and Broccoli—the Slow Cooker Version

Beef and broccoli might be a takeout classic, but it’s one of the easiest and most budget-friendly stir-fry dishes you can make at home. Broccoli is fairly inexpensive, particularly now that it’s in season, and because the beef is meant to be thinly sliced anyway, it’s ideal for stretching to multiple servings.

The sauce and crock pot cooking liquid is a mixture of oyster sauce (which you can find in the Asian section of your grocery store), soy sauce, garlic, and little bit of red pepper flakes to keep everyone awake. Many recipes also call for adding sugar, but because I wanted to make this a healthy slow cooker beef and broccoli recipe, I replaced it with a lesser amount of honey instead.

In total, this easy Asian takeout recipe takes about 2 hours in the slow cooker. You can prep all of the ingredients the night before, then simply toss them into your slow cooker and turn it on when you arrive home from work. (Looking to use your Instant Pot instead? Check out my Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli recipe.)

low carb beef and broccoli dinner

In addition to being easy and flavorful, this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli is also low maintenance. The glossy sauce thickens right in the slow cooker with the other ingredients, no stirring in a separate pot on the stove required. Like other stir-fries, it also reheats beautifully, so you can cook once and enjoy the leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week.

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blue dinner plate of Asian beef and broccoli, made in a slow cooker
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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli. Healthy, super easy, and so much better tasting than takeout! Everything cooks right in the crock pot, even the sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak — cut across grain into thin slices
  • 1 cup  low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili-garlic paste — Sriracha, or 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus additional to taste
  • 2 teaspoons  minced garlic — about 2 large cloves
  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 5 cups  broccoli florets — about 2 small crowns
  • Prepared brown rice — or quinoa for serving
  • Chopped green onions — and toasted sesame seeds optional for serving

Instructions

  1. Coat a 4-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place the beef in the bottom.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the beef broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, rice vinegar, chili-garlic paste, and garlic. Pour over the beef, then stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup water and cornstarch. Stir into the slow cooker with the beef and sauce, then place the broccoli on top. Cover, turn the heat to high, and cook another 30 minutes, until the broccoli is tender. Serve warm over rice, sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of beef broth or water to keep it from drying out.
  • I have not tried doubling this recipe, but I think that you could easily do about 1.5 times the amount. Watch the cooking time, as it may need to be adjusted slightly.
  • Because flank steak is fairly lean, I would not recommend leaving the slow cooker on low longer than the recipe specifies, or I worry it might overcook. If you have a programmable slow cooker that switches to keep warm, this might be an option, but the best choice is to be able to check it right away at the 1 1/2 hour mark.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli, Slow Cooker Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1(of 4), about 1 1/2 cups broccoli beef and 1/2 cup brown rice) — Calories: 519, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 113mg, Sodium: 1375mg, Carbohydrates: 46g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 14g, Protein: 43g

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About Erin Clarke

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36 comments

  1. This one is definitely going on “the list” to make. I love slow cooker recipes and especially when they are quick. Ha!

  2. I’m with you, I rarely buy red meat, but recently my store had a buy one get one free deal on it, and I cannot say no to a good deal! Making this next week!!  

  3. Ya know I’m not the biggest fan of red meat either, but I totally trust you on this recipe!  This seems like the perfect way to up my intake!  I’m sure this is wayyyy better than Chinese takeout!

  4. I’ve always loved this dish! And I most certainly love my slow cooker! ;)
    Thanks so much for sharing this Erin! xo

  5. I want to hang with you and your sisters. xoxo

  6. Shawnna Griffin Reply

    hey girl- this looks so good!

  7. My son is allergic to shellfish. Can I sub something for the oyster sauce or just leave it out without compromising flavor?

  8. Loved this recipe, I added flaked almonds at the last minute.
    Family loved it.

  9. This turned out great, thank you!

  10. First time trying beef and broccoli in the slow cooker and it is so delicious! Great recipe (and easy prep!) that will find a place in my meal rotation for sure. I brought the leftovers at work and they were so tasty. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Which “low” do you use when you have two? 8hrs or 10hrs? Or should I use one of the “highs” 4hrs or 6hrs??? I just started it on a low 8 hrs. But hopefully it won’t take that long. I’ll be sleep. ??

    • Hi Sydney, either one should be the same temperature, just on a different timer preset. Unless you’ve noticed a difference on your particular slow cooker, either one should work since you’ll want to stop and check if it’s done around the 1 1/2 hour mark anyway. I hope you enjoy!

  12. Hi there,
    Just wondering if I can do this with frozen broccoli and if so, do I still add it at the same time? Thank you.

    • Hi Sheena! Frozen broccoli will be pretty mushy, but if that doesn’t bother you, feel free to add it. I’d add at the same time (just know the texture will be different).

  13. Do you put this on high once the 1 1/2 hour is up, and it’s time to add the broccoli? 

  14. Just made this for my family and they loved it. I was skeptical that the broccoli wouldn’t be overcooked, but it wasn’t!!!! Super good flavors and so easy to make. This was a win!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!

  15. Any suggestions on the nutritional value without the rice? Thanks!

    • Hi Deirdre, I use MyFitnessPal to calculate the nutrition estimates for my recipes, so that or another online nutrition calculator would be a good resource! With MyFitnessPal, you can paste in the URL of this post and it’ll load all the ingredients in for you, at which point you can replace any ingredients that imported strangely (sometimes instead of “garlic powder” it’ll do “stir-fry garlic noodles,” for example, which will give you a completely different result) . I hope that’s helpful!

  16. Can you freeze the leftovers? I cook for one and as good as it sounds I don’t want to eat the same thing 4 days in a row. Plus I’m new at slow cooker cooking

    • Hi Fanny, I have not tried freezing the leftovers, but you can certainly experiment. (Note that cooked vegetables tend to get pretty soggy and limp after being frozen and reheated.) If you do give it a try, I hope you’ll let me know how it goes!

  17. Just made this tonight; and it is delish! Very easy and not a lot of prep work. I substituted hoisin sauce for oyster sauce, btw.

  18. ‪In the crockpot ATM cuz I wasn’t feeling a Sunday roast! – smells GREAT!

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