Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 lbs boneless beef chuck roast or flank steak sliced thinly across the grain
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 1/2 cups broccoli florets

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos for Paleo or Keto
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 2 Tablespoons oyster sauce can also use vegetarian oyster sauce as needed
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey brown sugar, coconut sugar or 2 drops of Stevia for paleo or low carb as needed
  • 1 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced or grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper chili flake or Sriracha optional

CORNSTARCH SLURRY

  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch arrowroot starch for paleo
  • 3 Tablespoons water

InstructionsFOR THE SLOW COOKER VERSION:

  1. Season beef with salt, black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil.
  2. Combine the beef broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, garlic, ginger and chili flakes in the insert of a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Add the beef and coat with sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 45 minutes – 2 hours or LOW for 1.5 -3 hours (every slow cooker cooks at a different heating level – be sure to check times according to your slow cooker).
  4. Meanwhile, place broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water. Microwave 2 – 3 minutes until broccoli is tender
  5. Once the beef is done (or about 30 minutes before serving), whisk together the cornstarch and water to create a slurry in a small bowl. Stir into the slow cooker along with the steamed broccoli florets. Cover and allow to cook on HIGH until sauce has thickened. (about 20 minutes)
  6. Adjust seasonings and sprinkle with sesame seeds, green onions. Serve hot with your favorite sides – rice, noodles, zoodles, cauliflower rice or quinoa.

FOR THE INSTANT POT VERSION:

  1. Season beef with salt, pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to the Instant Pot and press the SAUTE button. Once the Instant Pot is hot, sear the beef for 1-2 minutes until brown (cook in batches as needed).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the beef broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil, garlic, ginger and chili flakes (if using). Pour over beef.
  3. PRESS Cancel, then press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK on HIGH. Set to 6 minutes and cover with lid. Turn heating valve to SEAL.
  4. Meanwhile, place broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water. Microwave 2 – 3 minutes until broccoli is tender.
  5. Quick release the pressure of the Instant Pot after the beef is cooked and there is a beeping to tell you it’s done.
  6. Carefully open the lid and whisk together the cornstarch and water to create a slurry in a small bowl. Stir into the Instant Pot and press SAUTE. Add the broccoli and cook until sauce has thickened and broccoli is hot.
  7. Adjust seasonings and sprinkle with sesame seeds, green onions. Serve hot with your favorite sides – rice, noodles, zoodles, cauliflower rice or quinoa.

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