This is the best Slow Cooker Beef And Broccoli recipe, and will become a family favorite dinner. Made with tender beef, broccoli florets, that simmer in a sweet and savory Asian inspired sauce. This beef and broccoli dinner is better tasting and healthier than takeout.
The best slow cooker beef and broccoli
Have I mentioned how much I love my slow cooker? It makes cooking on busy weeknights a breeze, and the clean up is so simple. This crock pot beef and broccoli recipe only takes 10 minutes of prep time, which allows your to kick back, relax, and let the slow cooker do all the work for you. Trust me when I tell you that this beef and broccoli is better than takeout!! The beef comes out so tender and juicy, and the sauce simmers in a rich and savory sauce. The flavor is out of this world. We like to serve our beef and broccoli on a bed of white rice, but you could also serve it with noodles or a side of Homemade Chicken Fried Rice, or Pineapple Rice.
Ingredients needed to make slow cooker beef and broccoli
If your making any kind of beef and broccoli, you need to start by making the right sauce. If your like me and your family enjoys Chinese recipes, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.
- Beef: I like to use a flank steak It’s low in fat and can be sliced easily.
- Broccoli: Fresh or frozen broccoli both work well.
- Beef Broth: Low sodium is key to keeping the salt content down.
- Soy Sauce: Low Sodium is a must.
- Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds a slightly sweet flavor to the sauce.
- Sesame Oil: Can be found down the Asian isle of your local grocery store.
- Minced Garlic: Minced garlic in a jar is my go to. It’s easy, and I always have it on hand.
- Red Chili Flakes: This is optional. Add more or less to taste.
- Cornstarch: Cornstarch will thicken the sauce before serving.
- Cold Water: Used to mix with cornstarch to make a slurry.
How to make beef and broccoli in the slow cooker
I’m telling you, making beef and broccoli in the slow cooker can’t get any easier. The flavor is incredible, and slow cooking the beef all day makes the meat come out so tender and delicious. It will taste just like your favorite Chinese restaurant.
- Add Beef: Add sliced beef to slow cooker in an even layer.
- Sauce: Whisk beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, minced garlic, and red chili flakes until combined.
- Add Sauce: Pour sauce over flank steak and stir to coat beef well.
- Cook: Turn crock pot on low and cook for 5 hours. Don’t over cook or you beef will begin to shred.
- Cornstarch Slurry: About 20 minutes before serving, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. Add to slow cooker and stir. Cover and allow to continue cooking for 20 minutes.
- Steam Broccoli: Right before serving, add frozen broccoli to a microwave safe bowl and add a few Tbps. water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes, drain, and stir into crock pot.
- Serve: Serve alone, or with a side or white or brown rice. Enjoy!
What is the best cut of beef for beef and broccoli
The best cuts of beef for stir fry or slow cooker beef are tender and lean with little fat. I love to use flank steak in this slow cooker beef recipe. It’s easy to chew when cut against the grain. More great beef cuts for any stir fry or slow cooker recipe are:
- Top Sirloin Steak
- Top Round Steak
- Tri-Tip Steak
How to cut flank steak against the grain
There is a right way and a wrong way to cut flank steak. The reason for this is because flank steak, although lean and flavorful, is a tougher cut of beef due to the many long thin fibers running through it. To help tenderize flank steak, it is often marinated and cooked by grilling, stir-frying, broiling, or smoking. No matter how you cook flank steak, with or without a marinade, you always cut it across the grain, allowing you to cut through the tough fibers. You will end up with a tender, easy to chew piece of beef.
To cut across the grain look at the whole flank steak to determine which direction the muscle fibers are running. Most cuts of flank steak will have the fibers running the length of the steak, so you’ll slice across the width of the steak rather than the length.
Expert tips and tricks for the best beef and broccoli
This beef and broccoli is such an easy dinner recipe, and I love it just the way it is. I have added a few suggestions if you would like to make any changes to fit your families taste buds.
- Add more or less red pepper flakes to your taste.
- If you like more heat, try adding siracha to your sauce instead of the red pepper flakes.
- You can use fresh or frozen broccoli.
- If you don’t prefer broccoli, try adding cauliflower, snow peas, water chestnuts, or carrots.
- Purchase flank steak that is already cut from your local grocery store or butcher.
- Make sure to cut across the grain when cutting your flank steak.
- To make cutting your flank steak easier, place it in the freezer for 20 minutes to get it a little firmer.
More Slow Cooker Recipes
- Easy Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
- Best Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
- Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
- Amazing Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Tacos
- Crock Pot Pork Carnitas
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The Best Slow Cooker Beef And Broccoli Recipe
- 1 1/2-2 lbs. flank steak
- 1 cup beef broth, low sodium
- 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. red chili flakes, optional
- 5 cups broccoli florets, frozen or fresh
- 4 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 4 Tbsp. cold water
- rice for serving
- Spray the inside of your crock pot, and add sliced beef to slow cooker in an even layer.
- Whisk beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, minced garlic, and red chili flakes until combined.
- Pour sauce over flank steak and stir to coat beef well.
- Turn crock pot on low and cook for 5 hours. Don’t over cook or you beef will begin to shred.
- About 20 minutes before serving, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. Add to slow cooker and stir. Cover and allow to continue cooking for an additional 20 minutes.
- Right before serving, add frozen or fresh broccoli florets to a microwave safe bowl and add a few Tbps. water cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes, drain, and stir into crock pot.
- Serve alone, or with a side or white or brown rice. Enjoy!
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