Asian Food, Beef, Main Dish, Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Sesame Beef

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With a five-year-old and a three-year-old and a baby that is going to be born any day, my life is pretty crazy right now. I can only imagine how busy I will be when they are teenagers! Right now I am just taking life one day at a time . . . and one dinner at a time!

I am still madly in love with my slow cooker. In fact, heaven knows that my family would only eat one or two meals a week if it weren’t for my slow cooker. This recipe was so simple to throw together and the whole family loved it- that’s when you know it’s a keeper. :)

Slow Cooker Sesame Beef

1½ lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef broth
½ cup oyster sauce*
½–1 lb. fresh or frozen broccoli florets
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Cooked rice (optional)
Sesame seeds (for garnish)


In slow-cooker, arrange beef strips; pour beef broth and oyster sauce over the beef.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6–8 hours or on HIGH for 3–4 hours or until beef is very tender.
If using fresh broccoli, place broccoli in microwave-safe bowl with ¼ cup water. Microwave 4–5 minutes, until broccoli is tender. If using frozen broccoli, follow cooking directions on packaging.
In a cup, combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cooking liquid; stir until smooth. Add to slow-cooker and stir well to combine. Drain the broccoli and stir into the slow-cooker. Cook uncovered on HIGH for about 15 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Serve over hot, cooked rice and garnish with sesame seeds.

*I had never purchased oyster sauce before making this, but I found it on the Asian aisle at my local grocery store, right by the teriyaki sauces. It was only about $2 and has such an amazing taste that totally makes this dish! I don’t know what else you could use as a substitute . . . I highly recommend just trying it. :)

Recipe from LDS Living

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  1. says

    This looks great! As mom to an 8 yr old and a 13 yr old, life is busy…but just a different busy than it was when I was chasing them around. Always good to have something for those busy nights where we are all going in different directions!

    • says

      Oh man . . . I am so sorry! I forgot to finish this post and the asterisk! I was just going to say that I had never purchased oyster sauce before this, but decided to try it out and it was delicious! I just found it on the Asian aisle at my local Smith’s grocery store, right by all the teriyaki sauces. It was only like $2 and it was so good. I don’t know what else you could use to substitute . . . you should give it a try! :)

  2. says

    We have a fanily member with shellfish allergies so I definitely am leery of the oyster juice. Anyone know what it tastes like without the juice? No suggstions for a substitute?

    • Anna says

      Hi, I came across your post when looking for reviews. They do make vegetarian oyster sauce that is made without oysters and with mushrooms instead. You could try that. My mom who is vegan raves about it.

  3. says

    We have a fanily member with shellfish allergies so I definitely am leery of the oyster juice. Anyone know what it tastes like without the juice? No suggstions for a substitute?

  4. says

    Making this right now, excited to try it. Also I have cooked with oyster juice before and it makes for very good flavor. It hardly smells like anything when you open the jar which I found to be a plus. :)

  5. says

    This looks good I’m looking forward to making it. One thing, when you say combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cooking liquid, what do you mean by cooking liquid? Forgive me I’m not the biggest cooker lol.

  6. says

    This is really delicious and the chuck roast was very tender. I added a bit of onion & red pepper strips to mine. The whole family loved it! This one will definitely be a regular on our menu plan.

  7. says

    I’m planning on making this tomorrow, but I have a question. Has anyone made this and steamed their broccoli the day before? I work Mondays until 6, then pick up the baby at my mom’s, so by the time I get home it’s 7. Ideally, I’d like to just be able to stir in the cornstarch mixture, throw in the already-steamed broccoli, and sit down to eat by 7:20. Do you think cooking the broc the day before would take away from the dish in any way?

  8. Alyson Bawks says

    I have made this recipe before and it is awesome! However, this morning while making it I had to use chicken broth instead of the beef broth because I didn’t have any. Do you think this will alter the flavor much?

    • Cyd says

      We have never used chicken broth with this recipe. Beef broth would be the best option since the main ingredient is beef. Hope it all turns out well for you!

  9. Sarah says

    Tried this tonight and my daughter proclaimed “this is the first thing you have cooked that I have liked” – not a great review for me it has to be said! but a slow cooker recipe my refusenik 5 year old will eat is good for me! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Traci says

    can you cut everything up and put it in a freezer bag to freeze for a later time? I want to try this recipe, but I am also trying to cook/prepare on the weekends for the whole week.

    Thank you

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