This tasty beef broccoli recipe can be pulled together quickly for a fast and easy weeknight meal. This is very important, to avoid mushy vegetables, don’t add them until 15 to 20 minutes before this dish is done cooking. The frozen broccoli doesn’t need to be defrosted prior to cooking, so feel free to add them directly from the bag into your slow cooker. Actual cooking times will vary by the individual slow cooker, so be sure to watch closely the first time you prepare this recipe to achieve desired results.
Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli
1½ lbs. lean beef stew meat, cut into chunks (round or loin cuts with fat trimmed)
1½ c. beef stock
3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
½ c. soy sauce
1 T. honey
2 T. toasted sesame oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste
2 T. corn starch
1 14-oz. bag frozen broccoli florets
1 red bell pepper, cut in short, thin strips
3 c. brown rice, cooked
1 T. toasted sesame seeds (optional)
Tip: Adding the vegetables 15-20 minutes before done cooking will yield crisp-tender results. Cook longer for softer veggies.
Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli Directions
Add beef stew chunks to 5 or 6-quart slow cooker crock.
In a medium glass or other non-reactive bowl, whisk beef stock, garlic, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Pour mixture on top of beef. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.
To create a thicker sauce, create a slurry by combing 2 tablespoons of corn startch with ¼ cup of liquid from the slow cooker. Set aside.
15-20 minutes before done cooking, remove the lid and stir in the arrowroot slurry, then the frozen broccoli and red bell pepper. Cover and finish cooking.
Serve immediately with cooked brown rice and a drizzle of sauce from the slow cooker. Garnish with some toasted sesame seeds before serving, if desired.