Slow Cooker Korean Beef is an easy crock pot dinner recipe that makes tender, sweet and spicy slow cooker beef. Great roast recipe!
I have a lot of kitchen gadgets, but there aren’t too many that I would really miss if I didn’t have them.
My slow cooker is one of the few that I would really miss. I use it year-round, and I may even use it more often when it’s hot out to keep from heating up the house.
Aside from the ease and the fact that it doesn’t heat up my kitchen, one of the reasons I love using my slow cooker so much is that I can make so many different recipes with it – like this Slow Cooker Korean Beef recipe.
This beef is amazing! It has so much flavor and is so tender.
I use 2 tablespoons Gochujang to give it just a little spice. If I wasn’t feeding one kiddo who doesn’t like spicy food, I’d use more because Gochujang is a great balance of sweet and spicy.
Side dish suggestions
I serve this slow cooker Korean beef with rice and veggies to soak up all the yummy sauce.
This beef reheats well, and it makes great leftovers. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The beef will keep for up to 4 days when properly stored.
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Slow Cooker Korean Beef
- 3/4 cup reduced-sodium beef broth divided
- 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
- 1-2 tablespoons Gochujang*
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3-4 pound boneless beef chuck roast cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch depending on desired sauce thickness
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup beef broth and next 9 ingredients (up to roast).
- Place cubed roast into a slow cooker. A 4 or 5 quart slow cooker works well.
- Pour sauce over cubed meat.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup broth.
- Stir cornstarch mixture into the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 30 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
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Comments & Reviews
How would I cook this slowly in the oven?
Hi! I haven’t adapted this recipe to cook it in the oven, but when I cook beef in the oven, I cook its, covered in foil, at either 250F or 275F until it’s at temperature.
This so so flavorful! I’m really picky about crock pot meals since I think they can be bland, but this is anything but. And so easy! Wondering if I could use stew meat to save time and also cut a few calories?
Thank you! Yes, you can use stew meat. I’ve used it in this recipe, and it works really well.
Thanks! Definitely adding this to our rotation!
Kelly B says
Would it be possible to make this ahead, freeze it, then dump it in the crockpot to cook all day?
Yes, you can do that. I would recommend thawing the mixture before cooking it, but it can be frozen.
Anyone ever make this in the Instant Pot?
Yes! Here is the link for my Instant Pot Korean Beef recipe.
I don’t see the link here…can you repost?
Absolutely! Instant Pot Korean Beef The link isn’t showing up a different color for some reason, so I bolded it, but if you hover over the “Instant Pot Korean Beef”, it’s a link.
I believe your nutrition info is off on this one. A cup of brown sugar on its own has almost 200g of carbs, split for servings… you’d have to have at least 50g carbs per serving in this dish. Which is going to increase your calories by 160 per serving.
Hi! The nutrition values are estimates. Respectfully, 160 calories per serving for just the brown sugar sounds incredibly high. There is 1/3 of a cup, or 5 1/3 tablespoons, of brown sugar in the recipe. The nutrition calculator that I use puts 1/3 cup of brown sugar at 279 calories. Divided between the 10 servings in the recipe, that would be approximately 28 calories per serving from the brown sugar.
Can you make this in 3-4 hours on high?
Hi – It usually works best to cook the meat on low to avoid having it dry out while cooking.
Debbie Fincher says
This recipe looks amazing and I’d love to give it a try. I’m on a sodium restricted diet and would really like to find out the sodium content in this recipe before I give it a try. It looks like something my husband and I would really love.
Is there any way you can provide the sodium content? It would be very helpful.
Thank you so much!
Hi! You can find the nutrition information for the recipe directly below the direction section. Hope that helps!
Just by the ingredients alone, I KNOW this is gonna be a family fav in my household! Any suggestions for veggies to go with?
I hope so! I usually serve it with steamed broccoli, but snow peas and carrots are also really good with this dish.
Judy B says
I have an instant pot, but just haven’t gotten comfortable with it so I’m glad you have this crock pot version of Korean beef. We all loved it, even our doubting Thomas loved the beef.
Thank you! If you’d like any tips for the Instant Pot, I have a site with Instant Pot recipes, and you can find tips for getting started there.
Great dinner and even better the next day for lunch.
Thank you so much!
Delicious, my wife loved it and our 15 month old son loved it as well.
Thank you! I’m glad your family liked it!
I just found your site this week and have already made 2 winners! This Korean beef will be made often in our house. Perfect as written. YUM!
Thank you so much!