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Crockpot Beef and Broccoli with carrots in a bowl

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli


  • Author: Jenny Meier | Kitchen Skip blog
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3.5 to 4.5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Slow cooker beef and broccoli is a Crockpot meal with tons of flavor! Tender beef and broccoli cook in a yummy sweet and salty sauce with garlic and ginger. Serve over rice, your favorite whole grain (like barley), or noodles. 

Depending on the cut of meat used, this recipe takes between 3.5 to 5 hours in a slow cooker. The meat is cooked first, and the broccoli is added in the last 30 to 45 minutes. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 to 1 ½  pounds sirloin tip, sliced about 1/4-inch thick and 2 inches long (or use flank steak or chuck roast)
  • 4 to 6 carrots, sliced into ½-inch pieces or 1 small (14 to 16 ounce) bag of baby carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
  • 2-inches fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped or thinly sliced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3/4 cup beef broth 
  • ½ cup soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper 
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch 
  • 1 large or 2 smaller heads of broccoli, cut into florets (or one 16 ounce bag of broccoli florets)
  • Optional: Green onions, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine the steak, carrots, garlic, ginger, beef broth, soy sauce, sugar/syrup, sesame oil, balsamic vinegar and black pepper in the slow cooker. Mix well to coat the meat. 
  2. Secure the lid and cook on low until the meat is tender, about 3.5 to 4 hours
  3. When the meat is tender, remove ¼ cup of the broth from the slow cooker. In a bowl, whisk the broth with the cornstarch. Pour the cornstarch and broth “slurry” back into the slow cooker and gently mix. 
  4. Add the broccoli. Gently mix to coat the broccoli in sauce. 
  5. Secure the lid and cook for another 30 to 45 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked to your liking. After 30 minutes, the broccoli will be tender but still have a slight crunch to it. Tip: This is a good time to start cooking rice or noodles for a side dish
  6. Season the beef and broccoli with salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with chopped green onion. Serve over rice or your favorite grain.

Notes

I use a 6-quart slow cooker for this recipe. 

The “low” and “high” settings on slow cookers tend to vary in how much heat they put out, which is why most slow cooker recipes give an approximate, not an exact, cooking time.  

 

  • Category: beef
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Asian American

Keywords: beef and broccoli, slow cooker beef and broccoli