Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

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Tender beef and broccoli florets simmer in a slow cooker to create this warm and hearty Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli! It’s a recipe that truly belongs in your dinner hall of fame!

Tender beef and broccoli cook together in a Crock Pot slow cooker. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comDelicious tender beef and broccoli florets simmer in a slow cooker to create this warm and hearty Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli! It’s a recipe that truly belongs in the “low maintenance” hall of fame!

I love this Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli recipe so much. I make it at least once a month, but if I made it more often I know my family would be happy with that.

With only a 10 minute prep time, you can kick back, unwind and let the slow cooker do all the work for you!

Tender beef and broccoli cook together in a crock pot slow cooker. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comThis Beef and Broccoli recipe is one that won’t break the bank. It’s definitely cheaper than Chinese takeout, and to me, tastes a whole lot better. I get about 4 to 5 servings out of it for about the same price as one serving from a restaurant! It’s definitely the smart way to save a pretty penny and get your money’s worth. 😉

I have to say though, even if this version was more expensive, I’d take it any day over the takeout version. The beef comes out so tender and juicy, and the sauce it simmers in is rich and savory. It soaks right into every broccoli floret and meat fiber. Every bite is filled with flavor! 

To really take this dish to the next level, I love to serve the Beef and Broccoli over a bed of cooked white rice. The rice soaks up all the rich Chinese flavors to create the most heavenly dinner you and your family will devour in no time!

If you’re looking to have a complete Chinese buffet, you could also make my Chow Mein, Chicken Egg Rolls, Sweet and Sour Chicken, or Chicken Fried Rice. They are all homemade favorites that you just can’t go wrong with. 🙂 

Tender beef and broccoli cooked together in the Crock Pot.
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Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

This Chinese take-out favorite is super easy to make at home and so delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly


  • 2 pounds sirloin steak or boneless beef chuck roast sliced thin
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 Tablespoons water
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) frozen broccoli florets
  • cooked white rice to serve with (if desired)


  • In the insert of a 6 quart crock pot (slow cooker), whisk together beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
  • Place slices of beef in the liquid and toss to coat. Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 hours.
  • When beef is done cooking, whisk together cornstarch and water in small bowl. Pour into crock pot and stir to mix well.
    Add the frozen broccoli over the beef and sauce. Gently stir to combine. Cover with lid and cook 30 minutes to cook broccoli and thicken sauce.
  • Serve over warm white rice. Enjoy!



Tender beef and broccoli florets cook in a crock pot slow cooker.

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89 thoughts on “Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

  1. So.. If I set up in the morning before I go to work- and let it sit on low for 8 hours – will that be too long ? Silly question I guess.

  2. I made this tonight and it was amazing! The beef was like butter and even my 5 year old gobbled it up. Definitely going in the rotation.

  3. Hello, is the cooking time of 5 hours in a 4 quart or 6 quart size crock pot? I have a 6 quart crock pot and was wondering if the time would be less…thanks!

  4. So good! I refused to spend $10 on sesame oil so i used olive oil and put a few sesame seeds in it. One of my favorite crockpot meals by far

        1. Arrowroot powder is a good substitute for cornstarch. Others have said they used olive oil with success. Some have said they just omitted the oil and it was okay! Good luck!

          1. Thanks for the tip about Arrowroot. I liked the recipe, but personally will cut down on the tbickener.

  5. I have made this before with beef and it was amazing. Tonight I made it with a Boston butt roast from pork (it was on sale) and it was just as amazing. Thank you for this delicious and economical recipe.

  6. I made this tonight and added half a red bell pepper, 2 jalapeño peppers and some green onions. It was killer good! My husband loved it!

  7. I made this twice. The first time it was outstanding. The second time I used different brand of soy sauce and not very tasty. Did anyone find a differ Eve between the 2 main brands of soy sauce?

    1. 5 stars
      I use fresh broccoli because I feel it just taste better. I leave it for about 30 mins or less. I just check it and we like it when it’s bright green and a little firm. But I think you can adjust the time it to your liking.

  8. Easy and yummy. Unfortunately my available time caused me to get a little creative with the time. I did the meat on high for 2 hours, then turned to low for about 45 minutes. When I turned it to low, I threw in fresh broccoli. I put in the cornstarch/water mixture about half way through the last 45 minutes. Despite playing with the time, I was still quite tasty and the broccoli turned out good. Cooked but not too mushy. Thanks so much for the recipe, I will definitely make again, and this time follow the temp and time directions 🙂

    1. Has anyone made this in the instapot? Its too late to Use the crock pot so i was wanting advice for making it in an instapot

  9. It’s very rare I follow a recipe to a tee but I did for this one. I enjoy making recipes my own but since I was trying this for my husband I followed it and he was happy I did! He loved it and said this is a keeper! i have an automatic crockpot and it had to be set for 7 hours to get low temp but then it automatically goes to warm setting. Some pieces shredded apArt but who cares it was super tasty and soft buttery meat. Thanks for a “keeper”

  10. Oh goodness, yum yum. Chinese food is such a guilty pleasure in my house. we could all just live off of it. So, i love finding simple recipes that simulate Chinese take out. That way we can get our fix and save our budget (and hopefully our waist lines) a little grief. So, i think it’s pretty safe to say that this will probably be appearing in my kitchen very soon. and if i can get it to work well it will most likely end up in the regular dinner rotation. Thanks so much for posting.

  11. I made a mistake and put all of the ingredients together and add the cornstarch and water will it still come out good

  12. I’m happy that you shared this Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli recipe with us. It’s really nice. Thanks, Holly for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  13. My family loved it. I was at work and my wife text and said Call Me. So I did and she stated, “Honey that was very good. ” And the kids loved it. When I got off at midnight I tasted it and totally agreed.

    Thank you!!!!

    1. I just made it tonight with beef stew meat! It was great! Wondering if I should have put in less cornstarch though.

    2. I bought stew meat by accident the last set time I made it. I trimmed it of extra fat, sliced it nice and thin and it was PHENOMENAL!!!! Go for it 🙂

  14. This is my family’s favourite meal ever. I’ve made as written several times and it was fantastic. Recently I got on a freezer meal kick to save time…..A while back I made it ahead in a ziploc bag & put it in the freezer (minus the cornstarch slurry and broccoli). I popped it into the crockpot this morning for 6 hours on low. When I got home it had only been cooking for 5 hours so I broke apart the meat that was still in a clump due to being frozen and cranked it up to high for 1 hour. After the hour I mixed in the cornstarch slurry to thicken and put back on low for 30 mins. I didn’t have frozen broccoli so I steamed fresh for about 10 mins so it was still a bit crunchy, then added to the meat mix for the last 15 mins of low cook time. It came out melt in your mouth AH-MAZING!!!!! Served over jasmine rice and every single one of my 4 picky eaters gobbled it down with no complaints!!! That only happens when we order pizza btw 🙂 I’ve never tasted anything so good! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!!!

  15. I cooked it for 3 hours on high in the crock pot and it was perfect. The meat eas tender and not overcooked at all.

  16. This was good! Before mixing in the cornstarch/water I taste tested the sauce and it seemed to be missing something to me. Added 1/2 teaspoon of ginger and that did it! Also, I cooked the meat 1.5 hours on high and 1.5 hours on low, and it didn’t fall apart. Thanks for the great recipe!

  17. I wasn’t sure at first…but this turned out FANTASTIC! My family has asked for this again, lol . Thank you for a great dinner night & will be following your page to see whats next.

  18. I just made this in my Instant Pot. I sautéed shallots first. The beef and broccoli only took 5 minutes to cook on high pressure. This recipe is Fabulous!! Thank you so much!!!

  19. I tried this recipe out this week and it was awesome. Both of my children and their spouses have moved back in with us while waiting for their houses to be built, and everyone loved this meal…all six of us! Will definitely be cooking this one again.

  20. I had to cook on low for 5 hours and set it to auto-set to warm for another 3 hours. Unfortunately my meat fell apart. I added the broccoli and steamed carrots when thickening. After 30 minutes it wasn’t thick, so I added some more cornstarch. Flavor was nice…a bit sweet from the brown sugar. My son loved it, probably because of the sweetness! Thanks for a meal I can make while away at work.

  21. Oh my gracious this is YUMMY!!!!! I added 1 medium chopped onion, half a red bell pepper, and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper. This is so super simple and really yummy. Thank you so much!

      1. So sorry for the delayed response. I use fresh broccoli rather than frozen, so I cook the meat for a few hours (5 is a bit much), and about 30-45 minutes before I’m ready to eat, I add the bell pepper, onion, and fresh broccoli straight to the crock pot with the meat. It’s really delicious. If you added those things at the beginning, they’d just turn to mush! 🙂 I hope that helps!

  22. I really like this recipe. It is easy to modify if you want a little different flavor. Today, I added ginger, red pepper flakes, bamboo shoots, and pea pods.

  23. I found this recipe and wanted to try it right away. I didn’t have everything it called for so I used beef stew meat and 1 can of beef mushroom soup then all the rest of the ingredients. It turned out really tasty and I will definitely make this again. The beef stew meat was really tender because it was cooked slowly. Next time I will add onion and sliced fresh mushrooms. My husband thought it was really good and he isn’t real big on broccoli. HA!

  24. Hmmm, that looks so delicious, I’m going to cook this on weekend so hope all goes well but it certainly won’t look like yours I will need to work at that. The beef looks perfect.

  25. Hello! Do you think this recipe would work well with cheaper cuts of steak? The ones recommended avg. around $8-9/lb in my area.

  26. 5 stars
    I know this is an older post. But I just needed to thank you for this recipe!!!! It is made with ingredients i had on hand, i didn’t need to buy anything funky that i would only use for this recipe and theN have it sit in the fridge for eons waiting to expire (oyster sAuce ). This was a total win at my house last night. My super picky 22 year old LOVED it and my 16 year old son and husband both asked me to only make this version of beef and broC. They fought over the leftovers this morning to take for lunch, lol.

  27. OMG!!! This is the best. My hubby is extremely picky about what he eats so I was curious to see what he thought about this recipe. He LOVED IT!! hE EVEN WENT BACK FOR SECONDS. i WILL BE MAKING THIS A REGULAR THING AT MY HOUSE. sO VERY EASY TO PREPARE. i DIDN’T CHANGE A THING. iT’S PERFECT.

  28. Hello, can you tell me how many servings this makes? Also, do you have any calorie information for this recipe?

  29. 5 stars
    We make beef and broccoli regularly, but I have never tried it in a slow cooker until now. Wow. I didn’t add any sugar because we don’t prefer sweet proteins, and based on reviews only cooked it for a total of four hours (added broccoli after 3.5) and it was perfect. Beef was cook thoroughly and sooo tender. More tender than I’ve been able to get stir frying it on the stove. Broccoli was also perfect and soft on the outside with a little crunch on the inside – just how I like it. Might use a little less cor starch next time and add some ginger, but a very very yummy and family friendly recipe.

  30. 5 stars
    I love this recipe!! I have made it several times now and I have never been disappointed. I do use toasted sesame oil it last a long time and i only paid $6. I have also shared the recipe with several family members!

  31. 5 stars
    After trying four or five different BEEF and broccoli recipes I found this one. I will never try another recipe again, this one was absolutely amazing!! My hubby loved it and he is the one who is pickier about his beef and broccoli.

  32. Just want you to know what a help you and this recipe were to me this week! My acupuncturist put me on a surprise no-carb diet to help me get rid of allergies at the same time my dentist put me on a soft diet to help me recover from dental surgery. wasn’t sure how I was going to make this work! but the tender beef in this recipe plus soft-cooked broccoli was the absolute answer – and the big surprise was how delicious and flavorful it was with no sweetener or cornstarch. Yes, the sauce was less of a glaze and more of a soup, but that was no big deal. I used Bragg’s aminos instead of soy sauce because that was what I had on hand, and it added a little sweetness. So good! Thank you!

  33. The first time I made this the whole family loved it. This time I added green peppers and onions instead of broccoli it was so good I’m never ordering out again

  34. 5 stars
    This is easily one of my favorite crockpot meals. It’s delicious, hearty, very short prep, and few ingredients.

  35. Can you substitute fresh broccoli vs frozen? And if so, any tips on how long to cook with fresh instead?

    1. Hi Morgan! Yes, you can definitely use fresh broccoli instead of frozen. I would add it towards the last 45 to 30 minutes of the cooking time 🙂

  36. 5 stars
    First time making this recipe, and it came Out fantastic! The steak was super tender and had a great taste too!

  37. 4 stars
    Really great recipe, thanks! I put the meat in for 3 and a half hours, and add the broccoli for another half hour-ish. Comes out so tender and perfect!

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