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slow cooker beef and broccoli healthy recipe. Two bowls of beef broccoli on a cutting board.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

This Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli is a no-fuss recipe that's delicious and better than take-out! The beef is tender, broccoli is perfectly cooked, and the sauce is so rich and flavorful you'll want to slurp it up with a spoon. It's perfect for meal prep, clean eating, and gluten-free with an easy swap. 
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Course: dinner, dinner recipe
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: crockpot beef and broccoli, healthy beef and broccoli, slow cooker beef and broccoli
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 446kcal


  • 1 5 1/2 quart slow cooker


  • 2 lbs sirloin steak cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth divided
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce can substitute Tamari sauce for gluten-free
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar can also use dark brown brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves grated
  • 1 1/2 inch peeled ginger root grated
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions white part and some of the green
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 12 ounce bag frozen steam in bag broccoli florets cooked according to package directions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • cooked brown rice.
  • sesame seeds optional


  • Lay the sirloin steak strips into the bottom of the slow cooker insert and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  •  In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup beef broth, soy sauce, coconut sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, scallions, and red pepper flakes. 
  • Pour the sauce over the sirloin strips and cover and cook on low for 5 hours or high for 2-3 hours. 
  • In a small bowl, add the last ½ cup of beef broth and whisk in the cornstarch until it's dissolved - this is your slurry.
  • Stir the cornstarch slurry into the slow cooker with sauce and beef.
  • Place the lid back on and cook for another 20-30 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  • Cook the frozen broccoli in the microwave according to the package instructions.
  • Add the broccoli with the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Serve this healthy beef and broccoli over cooked brown rice and garnish with sesame seeds.


** Serving size is 1/2 cup of cooked rice and 1 1/2 cups of beef and broccoli.
Make ahead and storage tips
  • Store the beef and broccoli in an airtight container and refrigerate for five days. Reheat in the microwave or stove and serve with rice. The rice can also be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator all week.
  • Make individual meal prep bowls by placing a portion of beef and broccoli alongside rice in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave for 3-4 minutes or until hot.
  • You can also freeze Beef and Broccoli meal prep bowls for up to 3 months - think of these like a homemade lean cuisine.
  • Another option to make this beef and broccoli ahead of time is to assemble the ingredients (except the broccoli and slurry) in the slow cooker insert up to 2 days before cooking. On cooking day, continue with the recipe.
  • You can assemble the ingredients into a slow cooker freezer kit (except the broccoli and slurry) and then get the other ingredients for the day you plan to make it.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1581mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g