Crockpot Chinese Beef and Broccoli
This tasty Crockpot Chinese Beef and Broccoli is also a slow cooker freezer meal! Yes I made this in an afternoon when doing twenty freezer meals for my crockpot. With end of the school year activities in full swing I needed a bunch of prep ahead meals that I could make. This is one of our 20 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 4 Hours Plan.
So I got busy finding and creating recipes so I could take an afternoon and have meals ready to go for my family. It has been the best thing I have done to save time and money. I served the beef and broccoli over rice. My hubby and I enjoyed it very much, however my children are not big fans of Chinese food so I made them something different. But that allowed me to have leftovers for our lunches through the week. This recipe is gluten free when you use gluten free soy sauce.
Be sure that you invest in a good quality slow cooker. Our favorite is this programmable cook and carry 6qt oval slow cooker.
Crockpot Chinese Beef and Broccoli is so good and it’s an easy freeze slow cooker supper that everyone will love. My whole family loved this complete crockpot dinner meal and they want me to make it again soon! Be sure to make this crockpot freezer meal, you will not be disappointed.
Crockpot Chinese Beef and Broccoli
- 2 lb round steak, thinly sliced (uncooked)
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 whole broccoli head, cut up (about 2 cups)
- 1 can 15 oz. beef broth
- Label gallon size freezer bag with name of recipe, date and cooking instructions.
- Place all ingredients except cornstarch, broccoli and beef broth in bag and seal.
- Place in freezer.
- To Cook: Thaw in fridge overnight.
- Dump bag in slow cooker; add can of beef broth, stir and place lid on then cook on low for 5-6 hours.
- Remove 1/4 cup sauce from crockpot and mix with 2 Tbsp cornstarch.
- Stir back into the crockpot.
- Add the broccoli, stir again and cook for another half hour.
- Remove from slow cooker and serve over rice.
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Could I use frozen broccoli and add it to the bag with the rest? Or does it have to be added at the end?
Yes you can! Great idea.
FYI Recipe title says Chicken and Broccolli
Thanks! Guess what recipe is coming soon 🙂
Do you brown the meat before putting it in the freezer bag or straight in the bag raw? The picture you show adding the broth makes the meat look cooked.
It is raw – you are just seeing the marinade which made the meat look dark.
What size can of Beef broth?
Can I do this without freezing? If I remove the garlic will it make a big difference?
Yes, you can! I think it will be fine without the garlic. You can always add another herb in its place if you want.
Would it change the recipe to much if it were halved? it’s only me and my boyfriend and I don’t think we need so much 🙂 Thanks!
You could 1/2 it but cook it in a smaller crockpot 🙂
The flavor of this dish was great, but the textures could be improved. The steak was dry despite cooking in the broth. My broccoli easily could have used another 30 minutes.
What size slow cooker did you use?
Olive oil if no sesame oil on hand?
Yes, it will have a slightly different flavor but no worries!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE your crockpot!!!! The recipe is great too! But the crockpot……Go Pack Gp!!!!
Fabulous! My family loved it. This one is a keeper. Made just enough for my husband to have lunch the next day.
The cook time in the heading (8 hrs) is different from cook time in the directions (5-6 hrs). If I’m making this without freezing it, how long should I cook it?
It seems like one head of broccoli would make much more than two cups. Am I missing something?
It depends on the size of your broccoli.
Hmm… I’m wondering if this could be done successfully with ground beef…? Thoughts?
I don’t think it would be as good but you could give it a go with Chicken Breast!
What size of crockpot are you using for this recipe?
We used a 4 quart.
This recipe made me so sad because it’s where I discovered that I really don’t care much for beef and have no desire to eat it many days in a row despite the sauce being absolutely incredible — perfectly garlicky and sweet! I’ll be making this again with pork!
I added frozen broccoli right at the end and it was still too mushy, so next time I’ll make broccoli as a side. I think fresh could have withstood cooking in the crockpot, though.
I only have a 6 quart crockpot. How would I adjust the recipe?
I would double the recipe.
As some other commenters have pointed out this comes out pretty watery, but the flavour is great! I ended up removing a lot of the liquid with a turkey baster and thickening it on the stove with cornstarch then adding it back in. once I did that it was perfect. So delicious i had to stop myself from eating the whole thing in one sitting! I would definitely make it again
Oh my gosh. This was amazing! So easy and excellent flavor. Will definitely make this one again.
Could this be portioned out and frozen after cooking?
This was excellent. Definitely a keeper.
Not gluten free!
If you’re looking to cook this recipe for a guest that can’t have gluten, please know that soy sauce contains gluten. Sub for tamari in the same quantity to make it gluten free.