Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli for Chinese New Year

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Imagine walking in the door after a long day, to the gorgeous aroma of this slow-cooker Beef Broccoli. This dish can simmer away in the slow cooker for anything from 3-7 hours and would also be a fantastic dish to serve to guests when celebrating Chinese New Year.

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Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Are you looking for a delicious and easy way to celebrate Chinese New Year? Then look no further than this slow cooker beef broccoli dish!

The beef is cooked until tender in the slow cooker, then combined with fresh broccoli and a savory sauce. This dish is perfect for a festive family dinner.

Slow Cooker Recipe - Beef & Broccoli

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

Depending on your dietary requirements you may want to use one of the following in this recipe:

  • Soy Sauce the regular stuff made from fermented soybeans and roasted grains.
  • Tamaria gluten-free soy sauce (but always check the label) if this is a concern for you.
  • Coconut Aminosa soy-free, soy sauce made with coconut tree sap and salt, and popular in Paleo, Keto, and Whole 30 communities.

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Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli Recipe Time

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Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Recipe Tips

  • Adding the vegetables 15-20 minutes before done cooking will yield crisp-tender results. Cook longer for softer veggies.
  • 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 varying by individual unit, so be sure to watch closely the first time you prepare this recipe to achieve desired results.

How Do I Make Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli

Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes

Imagine walking in the door after a long day, to the gorgeous aroma of this slow-cooker Beef Broccoli.


  • 1½ lbs (680g) beef stew meat, cut into chunks
  • 1½ cups beef stock
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup soy sauce or tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot
  • 1 (14-oz/395g) bag frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in short, thin strips
  • 3 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Add beef stew chunks to 5 or 6-quart slow cooker crock.
  2. 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.
  3. To create a thicker sauce, create a slurry by combing 2 tablespoons of arrowroot with ¼ cup of liquid from the slow cooker. Set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve immediately with cooked rice and a drizzle of sauce from the slow cooker. Garnish with some toasted sesame seeds before serving, if desired.



Adding the vegetables 15-20 minutes before done cooking will yield crisp-tender results. Cook longer for softer veggies.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1490mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 44g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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