Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, November 9, 2015

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli is a flavorful meal the whole family will enjoy! Strips of flat iron steak are cooked low and slow in a delicious sweet and savory sauce until they are fork tender and then are served over rice and steamed broccoli for an easy dinner any day of the week.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli on a white plate with chop sticks

It's time once again for another great recipe find with the Secret Recipe Club!  This month, I was assigned to the wonderful blog, Fit Mama Real Food.  This blog is written by the talented Heather; wife, mom and fitness instructor.  She wears many hats, but she really knows food!  We LOVED this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli recipe so much it's become a regular on my menu rotation!

I've been really into Slow Cooker recipes lately. They are just so easy. Get everything in the crock in the morning and let it cook all day. Slow Cookers really do make meal planning a little less hectic. Heather has a pretty extensive section devoted to slow cookers.

I loved other areas of Heather's blog too.  So many recipes that looked and sounded good to me! I have a few bookmarked as MUST TRY recipes:  This Orange Carrot Bread that will be part of this year's holiday menu and Crockpot Sauerkraut Soup because, the stuff!

But for today's reveal, we are going to talk Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli. Delicious!

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures sitting on white plate close up

What cut of beef can I use for Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli? 

I only made a few changes to the recipe. I used a form of chuck, like Heather calls for in the recipe, but since Certified Angus Beef ® Flat Iron Steaks were on sale at my grocery store last month, and I stocked my freezer with them, I used them in this recipe.  It was a GREAT choice, because it cooked up tender, but didn't fall apart like some beef can in the slow cooker. But if you don't have or can't find Flat Iron Steak for this recipe, you can use cubed chuck roast (like the kind you find for beef stew) in this recipe and it will work just fine. 

Now I realize Flat Iron Steak is not a cut you would normally cook in the slow cooker (it's great in this Grilled Steak, Asparagus, and Blue Cheese Salad), but I'm here to tell you, it works as a choice for your slow cooker too! It is cut from the chuck, a cut of beef you would want to cook in the slow cooker, so why not use it here? If you can't find Flat Iron Steak, you can also use sirloin or round in this recipe. I just love using flat iron, because it literally melts in your mouth, it gets so tender.

The other change I made was not adding the broccoli to the slow cooker.  I steamed it separate and just added it to the rice before ladling the beef and sauce onto the plate. I wanted to keep the broccoli nice and green because it's such a beautiful contrast to the dark beef.

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures sitting on white plate

I garnished this meal with toasted sesame seeds, like Heather, but added a few radish slices for color and crunch!  So good!

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures sitting on white plate

Thanks Heather for a fabulous, easy slow cooker recipe.
I can't wait to make more recipes from your blog!

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Slow Cooker
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 8 HourTotal time: 8 H & 10 M
Tender sweet and savory beef strips and gravy served over steamed broccoli and rice


  • 1 - 2 pounds Flat Iron Steaks, cut into 1/2 inch thick strips
  • 1 cup beef consomme (you can sub beef broth)
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1 TBSP sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch
  • 2 TBSP water
  • Fresh or Frozen broccoli florets, steamed until crisp tender (as many as you like)
  • Hot cooked brown or white rice
  • toasted sesame seeds and sliced radishes, for garnish, if desired


  1. Place beef strips in crock of slow cooker.
  2. In small bowl or 2 cup glass measure, combine the consomme, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil and garlic. Pour over meat.
  3. Put lid on and cook on LOW for 6 -7 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours, or until the meat is fork tender.
  4. Turn slow cooker up to HIGH. Combine the cornstarch and the water in a small bowl and stir to dissolve.
  5. Add to the beef mixture in the slow cooker and mix. Allow to cook for another 10-20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  6. To serve, plate the rice, top with broccoli and then beef and gravy mixture. Finish with sesame seeds and radishes, if desired.


Nutritional Information is an estimate, and does not include broccoli or rice.Recipe adapted from Fit Mama Real Food

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

22.69 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

7.45 g

Cholesterol (grams)

112.27 mg

Carbs (grams)

33.88 g

Fiber (grams)

0.7 g

Sugar (grams)

17.98 g

Net carbs

33.17 g

Protein (grams)

37.21 g

Sodium (milligrams)

1503.7 mg

Nutrition information is an estimate and only provided as a courtesy.

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  1. Looks delicious, Renee! One of my favorite Asian-style dishes! Love the radish garnish! :)

    1. The radish makes such a great contrast! Thanks Kelly!

  2. It looks delicious! I'm also loving my slow cooker at the moment and like you, I sometimes mix in steamed vegetables at the end so they stay brightly coloured and still have bit of bite to them.

    1. Yes! I think it makes everything so much better that way! Thanks Corina!

  3. Yummy meat must have been tender and flavorful!

  4. Yum!! I love beef & broccoli! I'm definitely putting this on the menu this week!

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Thanks!

  5. I actually have a similar recipe on my menu this week - fingers crossed Hannah will eat it! :D

    And I agree, I almost always do the veggies on the side otherwise they are cooked to death.

    1. It's really good and so easy, I hope Hannah likes it! Thanks Biz!!

  6. That looks great! I love when healthy food also looks tasty!

  7. Looks delicious! I love the idea of using radishes for a garnish.

  8. Looks like we were on the same wavelength with Asian! This looks fantastic and I love that you kept the broccoli crisper by adding later. Definitely one I am going to try!

  9. I'm definitely a fan of slow cooker recipes, and this one looks yummy! I like how you didn't just throw it all in the slow cooker, but steamed the broccoli separately too. Provides a nice contrast. :)

  10. A yummy excuse to use my slow cooker. Thanks!

  11. I love the Radish Garnish, really makes it pop!


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