There are recipes that think they are low maintenance (the friend who tells you she doesn’t plan to dress up for dinner, then shows up 30 minutes late in heels), and then there are recipes that are actually low maintenance (the friend who arrives in sweats to hang out and eat Asian food on your couch). This healthy Crockpot Beef and Broccoli belongs in the latter category.

plate of slow cooker beef and broccoli served over rice

A true “dump and go” crockpot meal, 100% of the cooking for this slow cooker beef stir fry recipe happens right in the crock pot. No pre-browning of the meat on the stove or separate sauce reduction is necessary, and the results are spectacular.

Beef and broccoli is standard-issue fare on just about any Asian takeout menu, but the flavor of this recipe is anything but basic.

The beef is tender, the sauce is rich and savory, and the broccoli, which benefits from a low and slow “bath” in the sauce, is exceptionally appealing. The sauce works itself into every little fiber and floret.

Healthy beef and broccoli slow cooker with a wooden spoon

Those in a hurry and looking for an option outside of the slow cooker can check out my Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli. Those looking for a Paleo beef and broccoli or keto beef and broccoli can modify this crock pot recipe or check out my stovetop Healthy Beef and Broccoli.

And those looking for a simple, scrumptious, and healthy slow cooker beef and broccoli recipe that’s beloved by Mongolian beef connoisseurs and fussy eaters alike can stop right here. You’ve found the only crock pot beef and broccoli recipe you’ll ever need!

crockpot beef and broccoli no sugar on a plate with sesame seeds

Easy Crockpot Beef and Broccoli—Takeout Flavor at Home

Beef and broccoli might be a takeout tradition, but it’s one of the easiest and most budget-friendly stir-fry dishes you can make at home.

For this healthy crockpot beef and broccoli, you’ll need:

  • Beef. I opted to make the slow cooker beef and broccoli with flank steak. It’s ultra tender when thinly sliced across the grain, and the size and texture of the pieces naturally lend themselves well to stir fry-style dishes.

Unlike a stew (this Crock Pot Beef Stew, for example), I would not recommend making crockpot beef and broccoli with chuck roast. Chuck roast is fattier and fairs best when it is browned first, then cooked for an extended period of time.

This easy-peasy slow cooker beef and broccoli calls for an easy-peasy cut of beef. Flank steak is the one!

  • Broccoli. For the best texture, use fresh versus frozen broccoli. Short on time or feeling extra lazy? Pick up prechopped broccoli florets.
  • Oyster Sauce. Think of oyster sauce as ketchup’s Asian cousin. It provides instant flavor and helps thicken the sauce. You can find in the Asian section of your grocery store. If you have a shellfish allergy and cannot have oyster sauce, try swapping hoisin.
  • Soy Sauce. Its salty umami flavor is core to this recipe’s balance and all-around delectability. Swap in tamari to make this slow cooker beef and broccoli gluten free.
  • Garlic + Red Pepper Flakes. To keep everyone awake.
  • Honey. Most beef and broccoli recipes you’ll find also call for adding sugar. 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.

crockpot beef and broccoli healthy with rice and green onions

How to Thicken the Crockpot Beef and Broccoli Sauce

In addition to being easy and flavorful, this crockpot beef and broccoli is also low maintenance.

  • The glossy sauce thickens right in the slow cooker with the other ingredients, no reducing in a separate pot on the stove required.
  • Instead, mix a cornstarch slurry right into the slow cooker during the last 30 minutes of cooking. It will thicken up and coat every forkful.

I also use this method in my Crockpot Chicken and Broccoli recipe.

When to Add the Broccoli to the Slow Cooker

For best results, wait to add the broccoli until the last 30 minutes of cooking. This will guarantee that your broccoli is crisp-tender. Add it too early, and you may be left with mushy, watery broccoli instead (no thank you).

  • No extra steps! The broccoli goes into the crockpot at the same time as the cornstarch slurry for the sauce (see above). Since you’ll be popping back over to the slow cooker anyway, simply handle both at the same time.
  • As mentioned in the ingredient rundown above, I recommend fresh over frozen broccoli. If you do decide to use frozen broccoli, thaw it first, then add it to the slow cooker as directed.
  • Please note that the texture of frozen will be more mushy. If this doesn’t bother you, then you have nothing to worry about.

Serving, Freezing, and Reheating Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

  • We served our beef and broccoli with brown rice. To make it a more low-carb, keto, and/or Paleo-friendly meal, use cauliflower rice.
  • Like other stir-fries, this crock pot beef and broccoli reheats beautifully. Cook it once and enjoy the leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week.
  • You can also freeze this beef and broccoli for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat as directed.

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Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

4.95 from 20 votes
An easy crockpot beef and broccoli recipe that's the healthy version of your favorite takeout served with rice. Hands-free and fast prep!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Servings: 4 servings

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
 

  • Coat a 4-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place the beef in the bottom.
  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of 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.

Notes

  • TO STORE: Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Warm gently in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of beef broth or water to keep it from drying out.
  • TO FREEZE: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months in the freezer. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before warming.
  • DOUBLE BATCH: 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.
  • COOKING TIP: 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4), without riceCalories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 48gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 1390mgPotassium: 1710mgFiber: 8gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1843IUVitamin C: 265mgCalcium: 189mgIron: 5mg

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  1. The sauce is great, the steak is tender, but my broccoli was undercooked. I used fresh broccoli that I cut up, and I wonder if this method is better with frozen or packaged florets. I suspect the leftovers will be perfect, though. I plan to try the same recipe in my wok next time we want Chinese takeout!5 stars

    1. Eileen, I’m so glad you enjoyed this! Next time, you can just chop your florets a bit smaller if you’d like them more tender. Packaged ones might be *too* mushy. I hope that helps and thanks for sharing!

  2. The dish was very good and flavorful. However, the sauce did not thicken in the crockpot. I ended up pouring off the sauce and thickening it in a pan and then adding it back. I will make the recipe again but will thicken the water and cornstarch (I used the extra beef broth) in a pan before adding. It doesn’t seem like too much trouble to avoid thin soupy sauce. 4 stars

    1. Hi Susan, thanks for sharing your feedback! If it didn’t thicken, it may have needed longer in your crock pot. But if you don’t mind the extra step, you can certainly thicken it on the stove beforehand too!

  3. Best Beef & Broccoli ever! The flavor is awesome. I let the beef cook an extra half hour for high altitude and then kept it warm for a while after the broccoli was done. Perfection!5 stars

  4. I made a few changes from the recipe: I do not even know what oyster sauce is so I used red wine in the same volume; I also used a full can of beef broth , 1 and one half cups; after mixing everything else I slow cooked the beef on low for 4 hours. I served it over Pappardelle noodles.
    The Asian flavor was perfect and we will definitely make it again. With the additional 1/2 cup of broth there is plenty of room for additional vegetables, i.e, a small can of water chestnuts drained, chopped carrot , celery, etc. to perhaps 2 cups.5 stars

    1. Thanks for reporting back! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. If you’re interested in trying oyster sauce, it’s usually found in the international section of the grocery store by other Asian sauces like soy sauce and hoisin.

  5. This is a great and simple meal. I second-guessed the cook time the first time I made this and ended up overcooking it a bit, with dryer meat. Last night cooked it according to the recipe and the meat was perfectly cooked. I did add some Bok Choy during the last 5-minutes of cook time and it was terrific, so thought I’d share to those that want to add even more nutrition. Thanks for this recipe!5 stars

  6. I literally stopped eating to message you. This is the BEST beef n broccoli recipe that I’ve ever had. Even my boys said it was delicious!  On the regular rotation, for sure. 5 stars

    1. This MADE my day! Thank you for taking the time to share this kind review, DeeDee! I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit!

  7. This was so delicious! My whole family loved it – even 2 teenagers! Everything turned out perfect with your directions. The only thing I added was sliced onions  on top of the steak as we all love onions cooking in a crockpot. Thank you – such a great family meal! 5 stars

  8. I’d like to make this for my husband to take on the road with him. He works away from home for several weeks at a time. He has a crockpot/instant pot. Should I cook it in advance freeze it and have him just reheat on low or should I prep it raw as a freezer meal and have him do the cooking? Thank you!

    1. Hi Kathleen! You could try fully cooking the recipe, freezing it, then having him bring it with him in a cooler to make sure that it stays at a safe temperature. Then, he can just rewarm it normally on the stovetop or in the microwave once he arrives. I hope this is helpful!

  9. Hello! If we wanted to double the recipe do we just double the cook time as well? Excited to try but need a little more than 4 servings :) thanks!

    1. Hi Lacy! I haven’t tried doubling it myself, but it will likely need a little longer to cook, as the slow cooker will be more full. If you decide to try it, I suggest checking it early and often to make sure it doesn’t overcook. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  10. Just made this for dinner and my husband and I thought it was absolutely delicious. Now I don’t have to get Chinese takeout. Two things I’ll do differently tho is cut the meat into smaller pieces and add more cornstarch to thicken the sauce, but other than that this recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.5 stars

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    1. I’m so happy that it has been helpful for you, Kimberly! Thank you for sharing this kind comment!

    1. Hi Meghan! I actually have a chicken version of this recipe: https://www.wellplated.com/crockpot-chicken-and-broccoli/ Hope you enjoy it!

  12. Love this recipe! Am curious is the rice portion is inclined the nutrition facts or if it is just the beef, broccoli, and sauce.5 stars

    1. Hi Austin, great question. Anytime one of my recipes has ingredients that don’t give the amount: such as this that just says prepared brown rice for serving, it will not be included in the nutrition facts. Hope that helps!

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