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This is a super simple, warming recipe has just a handful of ingredients but so much flavour. No need to make a trip to the takeaway this weekend because this Chinese Style Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli dish is our newest fakeaway. Healthy, delicious AND affordable.
I know this is a slow cooker series, and I’ve tested so many slow cooker recipes over the years, but sometimes even I’m impressed about what they serve up!
This Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli stir fry-style recipe is made with a sticky, tangy, rich Chinese-style sauce and while it tastes like a treat, it’s actually fairly light and quite nutritious.
Plus, slow cooked beef just can’t be beaten for flavour and tenderness.
Why you’ll love this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli recipe
⭐️ So easy with just a few ingredients
⭐️ Delicious, sticky sauce
⭐️ A homemade is best satisfaction
About this dish
Beef and Broccoli is actually a Chinese-American dish, rather than authentically Chinese.
Chinese restaurants first appeared in the United States during the Gold Rush, when over 20,000 migrants moved across from China.
Over the years since, Chinese American restaurants have adapted their dishes and style to use produce available nearby and meet the tastes of local customers. Beef and Broccoli is one such dish. [source].
My slow cooker remake of that recipe is, as always, created with cost, convenience, flavour and nutrition in mind.
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli Ingredients
- Diced beef – Usually called casserole beef or stewing steak in the supermarkets. No browning necessary
- Onion, ginger and garlic – Using frozen or fresh with these ingredients is fine
- Low sodium soy sauce – It’s worth buying low sodium here to reduce the salt content
- Oyster sauce – This is one of my favourite ingredients for packing in so much flavour
- Honey – Runny honey ideally, but just use what you have in
- Chinese five spice – From the herbs and spices aisle
- Broccoli – Fresh or frozen is fine for this too!
How to make Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
1. Add the ingredients to the slow cooker and cook (as per the recipe card at the end of this post).
2. Half an hour before the end, make a cornflour ‘slurry’ to thicken the sauce.
3. Pour the paste back into the sauce.
4. At this stage add the broccoli too and cook for a further 30 minutes. (Or, ideally, boil the broccoli separately and then add – see the recipe card notes.)
- Vegetables – Beef and broccoli are a classic combination and go together so well, but feel free to add any other vegetables you like that need using up
In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully in the microwave or on the hob before serving.
In the freezer This recipe freezes well. Just wait until it’s totally cold and then put into a freezer proof container and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before reheating in the microwave or hob.
Marinate the beef
If you want to save time in the morning, you can mix the sauce with the beef the night before and refrigerate until it’s time to cook for extra flavour.
This goes in near the end for a more al dente finish, however if you prefer it less solid you can put it in for longer. Or to keep it fresh and green, steam or boil it separately beforehand (see recipe notes).
Thicken the sauce
If your sauce is very runny, don’t worry, you can thicken it at the end of the recipe. Just add some cornflour and water and stir into a paste. This is called a ‘slurry’ (see details in the FAQs).
This goes really well with rice or noodles. You could even try my Quick Egg Fried Rice.
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli FAQs
The Morphy Richards Sear & Stew Slow Cooker is my all-time favourite because you can use it for initial browning on the hob and it’s really light.
For induction hobs, I recommend the Lakeland Digital 6.5l Slow Cooker instead.
This is a trick to thicken the sauce without ending up with floury lumps.
First you add cornflour to a small bowl, mug or jug, then use a little liquid from a dish (a spoonful or two) to mix the cornflour into a paste consistency. Add that back into the dish’s sauce.
If you just sprinkle cornflour straight into the dish, it will form lumps that are almost impossible to get rid of. I promise this step is worth the extra dirty bowl!
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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
For the slow cook:
- 500 g Diced beef
- 1 Onion, Chopped
- 1 tbsp Ginger
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 6 tbsp Soy sauce, Low sodium
- 4 tbsp Oyster sauce
- 4 tbsp Honey
- 4 tbsp Tomato ketchup
- 2 tsp Chinese five spice
- 1/2 tsp Dried chilli flakes, (Optional)
- 3 tbsp Cornflour
- 1 Broccoli head, Chopped into bite sized florets
- Add the slow cook ingredients to the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker to HIGH for 4-5 hours, or LOW for 6-7 hours.
- Half an hour before the end of the cooking time, make a cornflour paste slurry and add back to the sauce. Add broccoli at this stage too (or see notes for separate cooking preference).
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.