Slow Cooker Korean Beef

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Slow Cooker Korean Beef with just 10 minutes of prep makes the easiest weeknight meal with so much flavor from the garlic, ginger and sesame oil.

Slow Cooker Korean Beef with just 10 minutes of prep makes the easiest weeknight meal with so much flavor from the garlic, ginger and sesame oil.Slow Cooker Korean Beef is a take on the ever popular Korean Ground Beef I’m sure you all have seen all over Pinterest for years. We’re such huge fans of it that we actually also make it into Korean Ground Beef Egg Rolls which are always a huge hit with everyone. Slow Cooker Korean Beef with just 10 minutes of prep makes the easiest weeknight meal with so much flavor from the garlic, ginger and sesame oil.

It seemed only natural that we explored the world of turning the recipe into a slow cooker version since the flavors have been such a huge hit. Originally I tested the recipe with a large cut of chuck roast and it ended up tasting sort of like Korean pot roast, but once I cut it into chunks and browned them first the results have been amazing! Slow Cooker Korean Beef with just 10 minutes of prep makes the easiest weeknight meal with so much flavor from the garlic, ginger and sesame oil.

Tender small bites of Slow Cooker Korean Beef simmered in a flavorful sauce full of garlic, ginger, sesame oil, brown sugar and soy sauce makes the most delicious meal with such a small amount of prep! Slow Cooker Korean Beef with just 10 minutes of prep makes the easiest weeknight meal with so much flavor from the garlic, ginger and sesame oil.

Tools Used In This Slow Cooker Korean Beef Recipe:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Sesame Oil: The flavor of sesame oil in this dish is unmistakeable and not really able to be substituted. Some Asian grocery stores will try and sell less expensive options that aren’t actually sesame oil, so just be sure the one you’re buying is authentic sesame oil.

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Slow Cooker Korean Beef

5 from 8 votes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 hours
  • Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Author: Dinner, then Dessert
Slow Cooker Korean Beef made in the slow cooker with just 10 minutes of prep makes the easiest weeknight meal with so much flavor from the garlic, ginger and sesame oil.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 pounds chuck roast , cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup lite soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • diced green onions , for garnish (optional)
  • sesame seeds , for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a cast aluminum slow cooker insert (or another skillet if your slow cooker has a ceramic insert) add the tablespoon of canola oil and brown the beef on high heat.
  2. Make sure the pan is hot, you don't need to worry how done the meat is, you're just going for color.
  3. Add the beef, brown sugar, lite soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and crushed red peppers to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

  5. Add in the cornstarch slurry and cook and additional 20-30 minutes while you cook your rice and vegetables to thicken the sauce.

  6. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds if desired

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Amount per serving: 461 calories, Calories: 461g, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 117mg, Sodium: 957mg, Potassium: 638mg, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 0.8g, Vitamin C: 0.6g, Calcium: 5.7g, Iron: 22.8g

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Slow Cooker Korean Beef with just 10 minutes of prep makes the easiest weeknight meal with so much flavor from the garlic, ginger and sesame oil.

Slow Cooker Korean Beef with just 10 minutes of prep makes the easiest weeknight meal with so much flavor from the garlic, ginger and sesame oil.

Slow Cooker Korean Beef with just 10 minutes of prep makes the easiest weeknight meal with so much flavor from the garlic, ginger and sesame oil.

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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    1. I’ve not tested it but I’m sure you could find a recipe online with similiar ingredients using an Instant Pot to use as a guideline.

  1. This was so good. Even my picky 8 year old who normally takes only a nibble on beef had seconds. Everyone asked me to make this a part of our regular rotation. I was concerned that it would be too sweet with whole cup of sugar, but it was perfect.

    1. You can use it but it’s not going to be as tender. Also, adding the beef bone broth will thin out the sauce and adjust the flavor. If you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turns out for you.

  2. SOOOOO good. Made this today in my Crock Pot Express Cooker and it was super easy. Browned meat on saute setting, added sauce ingredients and switched to slow cooker (6.5 hours on low was perfect for me), added slurry then back to saute to thicken. This recipe is a keeper for sure! Sauce is perfect balance of sweet and heat.

  3. Spectaular! I made this last night and it was a home run! Smelled delicious. I sis not cube beef. I just put roast in Crock-Pot, poured the sauce over it, shredded the beef in the drippings and served it with rice. Yum! And easy!

  4. I cooked this tonight and it was amazing. So flavorful and incredibly tender. I loved it, thank you! I didn’t get as much sauce from it as my husband likes. Would you suggest using more soy sauce?

    1. Nope, I would add a cup of beef stock, and then at the end you can thicken with an extra amount of the cornstarch/water slurry (1 tbsp of each whisked together). More soy sauce would be very salty. Also, add an extra 50% of the garlic and ginger to keep the flavors bold 🙂

    1. Standard practice is to use 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger for each tablespoon of fresh grated ginger as a substitute. 🙂 But minced fresh ginger is awesome so if you can use it the flavors will be much brighter and fresher.