However, I've recently found that the slow cooker is actually AMAZING during the summer! Get everything going in the morning when it's still nice and cool out and have a real, non salad meal ready to go by dinner time! Also, it won't heat up your house like an oven would and everything smells amazing. First summer slow cooker recipe on the list? Slow cooker beef and broccoli!
Confession: Dan requested this dish I can't even remember how long ago. Years probably. But hey at least I finally got around to it! And slow cooker style is definitely the way to go with this recipe because for reals. Just let the beef simmer away for 3 hours while you go do literally ANYTHING else. Go to brunch, do yoga, take a nap, play video games, whatever floats your boat. It's perfect for Sunday food prep!
Slow cooker beef and broccoli is also a great way to step into a cuisine I'm not that familiar with cooking. My go to's are usually Mexican and Italian. Any kind of Asian cuisine is always a little out of my comfort zone, which is why if you add a slow cooker in there it makes it no problem at all! Just throw all the ingredients in there and simmer away 👍🏻.
I am proud to say, I actually ate ALL the leftovers of this dish. I know right?? I'm historically the worst with leftovers, except for specific types. Seriously, don't even think about touching my leftover Chipotle burrito and my leftover Indian food, especially the samosas! But apparently, I love this recipe so much I'll eat it for 3 days straight. FINALLY some leftovers I can get behind!
To review: Summer or winter, spring or autumn, slow cooker beef and broccoli is a win all year long with leftovers to your heart's content! Check out the recipe below to get started 😁.Print
Easy, flavorful, better than the restaurant beef and broccoli all done one pot style in the slow cooker!
- 1 ½ lb flank steak, thinly sliced into ¼ inch pieces
- 1 cup beef broth
- ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup corn starch
- 1 lb broccoli florettes (about 2 heads of broccoli)
- Thinly sliced chives and sesame seeds to garnish
- Cooked white rice to serve
- In a large slow cooker, whisk together beef broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, garlic and brown sugar.
- Add the beef, stirring until covered with the sauce mixture, and cook on low for 3 to 3 ½ hours. Check the beef at 3 hours. It should be easily torn apart with a fork but not falling apart at the touch.
- Whisk together ½ cup of the broth from the slow cooker and the corn starch in a small bowl until completely combined. Pour the mixture back into the slow cooker and gently stir until mixed. Add the broccoli and stir gently to coat in the sauce.
- Cook another 20-25 minutes until broccoli is tender. Serve immediately over cooked white rice and top with chives and sesame seeds to garnish.