Beef and broccoli is one of the most popular take out meals, but take out can be really expensive! Slow cooker beef and broccoli is perfect for getting that take-out fix at a fraction of the cost. Not only will you save money, but you will know exactly what is in it. No hidden ingredients or MSG here.
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Slow cooker beef and broccoli is so easy to make, you will wish you did it sooner! Because everything is tossed in the crockpot, you will only have one, I repeat, one dish to wash after dinner!
Eye of round steak is used for this recipe, but you can use whatever beef is on sale. Flank steak, sirloin, or skirt steak would also work well. The sauce for the slow cooker beef and broccoli uses soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and ketchup as a base, and is flavored with garlic, honey, and Chinese spice powder.
The slow cooker beef and broccoli sauce serves double duty, acting as a marinade and a sauce for the completed meal, which will be thickened at the end with a cornstarch slurry. For even more flavor, let the meat marinade overnight so it will really take in the flavors.
- Eye of round steak
- Soy sauce
- Hoisin sauce
- Chinese 5 spice powder
- Minced garlic
- Frozen broccoli florets
How to Prep Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Like our other meal plan recipes , this slow cooker beef and broccoli can be prepped ahead of time to make it even easier! I love being able to just put dump dinner in the crockpot.
To begin prepping the slow cooker beef and broccoli, cut the steak into cubes, or bite-sized pieces. If you are using flank or skirt steak, then be sure to cut against the grain for more tender meat.
After that, add the ingredients for the marinade and sauce into a bag along with the meat. Firstly, add soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ketchup, and honey. Secondly, add Chinese 5 spice powder, minced garlic, and water.
In case you have not used Chinese 5 spice powder before, it is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechaun peppercorns. If you would like to make your own seasoning blend, then check out this recipe from Curious Cuisiniere.
How to Cook Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Once it’s time to make the slow cooker beef and broccoli, all you need to do is dump the prepped ingredients into the crockpot!
Set the slow cooker to low and cook for 6-7 hours.
During the last 30-45 minutes of cook time, add the broccoli. You can either use frozen broccoli or fresh broccoli. Just use whatever you have on hand!
While the slow cooker beef and broccoli finishes up, cook the rice according to package directions. For a fun treat, you can also serve this meal with prepared egg rolls.
In order to thicken the sauce, mix 2 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and add to the slow cooker. Cook until sauce is thickened.
Skip the take out and try the slow cooker beef and broccoli! You can print the recipe at the bottom of this post.