Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli (+ Pantry Crashers Video)
An easy, everyday recipe for Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli the whole family will enjoy.
Who wants to run out for take out on a cold winter’s night?
I sure don’t.
And with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, I like to make meals the whole family will enjoy.
Instead of ordering take out or picking it up on your way home from work, let the slow cooker do all the work for you. You can cook virtually anything in the slow cooker. One of my favorites is Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli. This is on our dinner menu a few times a month. You may even like this version more.
I am so excited to have teamed up with Life’s Organization Expert and my friend Jennifer Ford Berry to bring to you a new series, Pantry Crashers. Pantry Crashers combines pantry and kitchen organization along with simple recipes that you can make with many items that you already have in your pantry. This series will also go beyond the pantry with simple tips and ideas for every element in your kitchen from key staple items to always have on hand, keeping your refrigerator clutter free and creating simple everyday meals for busy families.
We are kicking off this series with crashing my pantry. Even though I thought my pantry was relatively organized, wait until you see what Jennifer has done to make it even more efficient. You will be able to see the before and after along with what we create with the items on hand.
Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax and join us as we chat about organization and cooking in Part 1 and 2 or Pantry Crashers!
PART 1 — the pantry
PART 2 — the recipe
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 1 1/2–2 pounds sirloin steak thinly sliced on the grain
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup oyster sauce
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2–3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 12 ounce bag steamable broccoli florets (cooked per package directions)
- 2 cups cooked white rice for serving
- In a small bowl whisk broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and garlic.
- Pour over beef and let marinate for about 15 minutes at room temperature.
- Place mixture in slow cooker and cook on low for about 4-5 hours.
- In a small bowl stir water and cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved. Stir into slow cooker and cook for about another 30 minutes until sauce thickens.
- Before serving stir in steamed broccoli.
- Serve over rice.
Loooove your video!! You guys did an awesome job for your first ‘episode’ ….. some great tips! Woohoo!
(btw …. so sorry the kids came down and got a little loud in the 1st video 🙁 ….. I didn’t want to yell and make it even louder, but Ty just wouldn’t listen and I was trying to talk softly and not make him scream even more. Sorry!)
Other than that …. great job! Way to go!!
I love beef and broccoli! Even more, I love that this is a slow cooker recipe. Looks fabulous, Jennifer!
LOVVVVE your girls’ videos! You are both such pros. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!
Thanks so much Gloria! 🙂
I love the video and I especially love the kids in the background. So cute. I have ‘clean out pantry’ on my list of things to do before bubba arrives. When we moved in (nearly 5 months ago eek!) I just threw everything in and still haven’t organised it. Really must get on it!
This looks like something I would like to make; however, my husband who is diabetic needs to stay away from too much red meat. Would this work with chicken or pork? Thanks 🙂
Hi Julie! Yes, this works well with chicken and pork too, I would just use low sodium chicken or vegetable stock in place of beef broth instead. Enjoy!
First of all, I will admit I doubled the recipe, because my father usually eats double what one might expect from any other adult. I will say that the recipe mentions the sauce thickening with the cornstarch, but I did not notice any thickening, even though I left it in for a full hour (double the recommended time due to the doubled recipe). I also added an additional Tablespoon of cornstarch, just in case the amount was too low. This could all be because it was a double batch, so I will be making a single batch at some point in the near future to test that theory, but it might be helpful to add another video section showing the end result in the crock pot or at least include a photo of what the sauce should look like. (The photo you have of the plated meal is VERY appetizing, but it’s difficult to tell how thick the sauce is from it.)
That said the flavor is EXCELLENT and the extra sauce spooned over it really soaks into the rice, bringing the flavor to the whole dish. Everyone loved it. I’m expecting that even after dinner tonight I’ll have enough to take a few portions to friends to have them try and enjoy the meal as well. Thank you for the recipe!
Hi Liz, Glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe even if the sauce didn’t thicken for you. 🙂
I’ve now tried different variations on this and can’t get it to thicken at all. It’s quite tasty, but the sauce is really just a soup. Wish it had a saucier consistency. Any tips to get the sauce thicker?
Hi, Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on this recipe. On occasion when I make this recipe my sauce is not as thick as I like it either. To thicken the sauce to my desired consistency I’ll stir in a little more cornstarch, about a teaspoon at a time and let it simmer for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens. If it’s really soupy I might add up to a tablespoon. Just depends on how thick you like the sauce. Just adding more cornstarch to the slow cooker and letting it thicken should do the trick and give you the thicker sauce you desire. Let me know if that works for you! Enjoy! 🙂
just wondering is the water supposed to be boiling when you mix it with the cornstarch?
Hi Amber, No you don’t need to use boiling water. When you stir the water with the cornstarch it will get a little thick and pasty which you will then stir into the slow cooker to thicken the rest of the sauce up. Enjoy!
I’ve tried a version of this before, but the last one didn’t called for oyster sauce, and it came out a little bland. I decided to give it another shot, and came across your recipe. Just made it today and it was fantastic, thanks!
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I love this recipe! Any tips for cooking overnight then putting in the refridge the next day?
Hi Caitlin, I’m so glad you love this recipe. If you cook it overnight. You could easily reheat it in the crock pot on warm setting the next day.
I just finished making this meal. SO easy and tastes great! Thanks!
Hi Jana, I’m so glad to hear you enjoy this recipe!
Tonight I am going to make your Stir-fry & Broccoli for my family, but I need to double the recipe in need to know how many hours in the slow cooker and what temperature?
Hi, you can double the recipe and still cook it on low for 8-10 hours. Enjoy!
I made this the other day and my wife and kids loved it. The wife said it taste almost as good as at the Chinese place.
Hi Martin, So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂
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