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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.

Beef and Broccoli made in a slow cooker when finished.

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.

This is a perfect weekend dinner, you could even serve this up as part of a banquet, alongside my Chicken Fried Rice, Peanut Butter Noodles with Halloumi or Pork Yuk Sung.


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


Close up of the dish Beef and Broccoli made in a slow cooker.

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

Ingredients laid out for Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli recipe.
  • 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

Step 1 in the recipe for 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).

Step 2 in the recipe for Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli.

2. Half an hour before the end, make a cornflour ‘slurry’ to thicken the sauce.

Step 3 in the recipe for Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli.

3. Pour the paste back into the sauce.

Step 4 in the recipe for Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli.

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.)


Substitutions

  • 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

Leftovers

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.

Top tips

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.

Broccoli timings

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).

Serving suggestions

This goes really well with rice or noodles. You could even try my Quick Egg Fried Rice.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli FAQs

What other Chinese inspired dishes can you make in the slow cooker?

Try my Honey Garlic Beef Noodles or Honey Garlic Chicken for starters, or my curry-meet-noodles recipe Chicken Noodles with Curry Sauce or Chicken Chow Mein.

Can you recommend a slow cooker?

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.

How do you make a cornflour paste (‘slurry’)?

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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5 from 81 votes

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

With a sticky, tangy, rich Chinese-style sauce, this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli recipe is the ultimate fakeaway.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

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)

To finish:

  • 3 tbsp Cornflour
  • 1 Broccoli head, Chopped into bite sized florets

Instructions 

  • 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).

Notes

Frozen veg: If you prefer to use frozen to fresh, you can do this for the onion, garlic, ginger and broccoli
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
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
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
Serving suggestions: This goes really well with rice or noodles. You could even try my Quick Egg Fried Rice
Broccoli timings: Be aware that the broccoli will lose its colour and end up looking a bit washed out and dull after it has been in the slow cooker. Also, it may take longer than 30 mins depending on your slow cooker and the size of the broccoli pieces.
I prefer to steam or boil it for 4 minutes, drain it, and then add to the beef just before serving.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 35gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 2272mgPotassium: 1121mgFiber: 5gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 1031IUVitamin C: 140mgCalcium: 122mgIron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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19 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Whole family enjoyed it (4 of us) only issue is the sauce was practically non existent by the time it was all done, had to add 2 cups of water just to actually have sauce. unsure as to why it happened even at the beginning it was really thick and barely a sauce. I did follow everything on the recipe, went over it a million times as well so I don’t know where I went wrong but apart from that a family favourite that will definitely be getting made again!

    Well done Sarah❤️Xx

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious
    I reduced soya sauce and oyster sauce slightly as I thought it might of been too strong.
    I did as advised with cooking broccoli separately.
    I totally forgot about the thickening with cornflour but I found it was OK, I served it with noodles.

  3. All these lovely reviews, I was so looking forward to this but I’ve just tasted it and it’s awful!!! What on earth have I done wrong?? I actually came on here to check the measurements, but nope I copied them correctly. I’m gutted I thought that was tea tonight sorted! Arrggghhh!!!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, sorry to hear that, do you normally like soy sauce based sauces? It may just not be to your taste if you followed the recipe! It should be sticky/deeply savoury.

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely LOVE this recipe. I add shredded carrot and a tin of well rinsed black beans and this works really well. So easy and flavourful. A new staple!