Asian Beef and Broccoli Bowls Recipe

For weeknights where I need a delicious and convenient meal waiting for me when I get home from afternoon activities, these Slow Cooker Asian Beef Bowls with Broccoli are just the thing to serve for dinner!

Asian Beef and Broccoli Bowls: easy recipe made with honey for extra sweetness.

Asian Beef and Broccoli Bowls: easy recipe made with honey for extra sweetness.

If your family loves take out style foods, this is one recipe they are also going to love. Inspired by Disney’s all-new, live-action epic adventure The Jungle Book, I’ve partnered with the National Honey Board for its “Momentos de Oro en Familia” (“Golden Family Time”) campaign and created this delicious recipe, where the honey is the perfect addition to the savory flavors of the Asian inspired sauce. As you can see from this quick video, making this recipe is a breeze.

Takeout and frozen meals seem like an easy option to reach for when you’re short on time to make dinner. My solution to saving money and eating better is to remake some of our favorite meals at home, and the slow cooker is the perfect tool to use when I want the meal made for me.
I love my slow cooker. What’s not to love? All you have to do is throw in your ingredients at the beginning of the day, and a delicious homemade dinner is ready for you when you come home.

Asian Beef and Broccoli Bowls: easy recipe made with honey for extra sweetness.

In this recipe, the beef cooks in the slow cooker in a delicious honey-based sauce. The honey gives it a thicker texture and a natural sweetness, and the Asian flavors compliment it nicely. I let it cook all day and it’s good to go! Before serving it for dinner, all you have to do is cook the broccoli and rice.
Sometimes I preset my rice cooker to end at the same time as the slow cooker, while other times I use leftover rice to make it even easier.

Asian Beef and Broccoli Bowls: easy recipe made with honey for extra sweetness.

 

The best thing about “bowl” meals is that everyone can add as much of each ingredient as they want! While my boys don’t like the “trees” so big, my daughter loves broccoli. She nicknamed this recipe “Honey Forest Bowls.”

Leftovers freeze great, and I often freeze single serving portions of these honey forest bowls for my husband’s lunch. If you want to turn this into a freezer meal, you can place all the ingredients (except the rice and broccoli) in a freezer zip bag and freeze. Whenever you want to cook this terrific meal all you have to do is thaw and cook!

If you eat grain-free, cauliflower rice would be delicious as the base instead of regular rice.
The next time your family asks for takeout, pull out your slow cooker and let it do the cooking for you! Everyone will go back for seconds of this Honey Forest Bowl.

What is your favorite way to use honey in a savory recipe?

Asian Beef and Broccoli Bowls: easy recipe made with honey for extra sweetness.

Asian Beef and Broccoli Bowls Recipe

Asian Beef and Broccoli Bowls: easy recipe made with honey for extra sweetness.

Do your kids like takeout? They will love this tastier recipe!

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cubed or
  • Sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli florets, about 2 crowns

Instructions

  1. Inside the bowl of the slow cooker, place honey, soy sauce, beef broth, grated garlic, sesame oil, vinegar, ginger, chili paste, onion powder, and pepper. With a whisk, combine all ingredients.
  2. Place cubed beef inside slow cooker and toss to combine with sauce, until all beef cubes are covered.
  3. Cover and cook, on low heat for 8 hours or high 4 hours. In the final 5 minutes, just prior to serving, add sesame seeds and green onions.
  4. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, prior to serving, cook 2 cups of rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, steam broccoli on a steamer or microwave.
  5. To serve, build a bed of rice, about 1/3 cup cooked, top with beef and steamed broccoli.

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Leave a Reply 99 comments

Laurie - April 22, 2016 Reply

Hi, Laura.
I love your recipes and ideas! I am allergic to soy and soy sauce so I cannot use it in recipes. What do you suggest for a substitution?
Thanks!
Laurie

    Jenny - April 24, 2016 Reply

    Hi Laurie,
    Coconut aminos is a great alternative to soy sauce. You should be able to find it at your local health food store or online.

    Cheryl P - April 24, 2016 Reply

    I use coconut Aminos in most recipes that call for soy sauce and actually prefer the flavor.

    Lisa Jones - April 25, 2016 Reply

    Coconut Secret makes a soy free sauce that is a good replacement.

    Kathy Templeton - April 25, 2016 Reply

    We love to use honey on a pork roast slow cooked

    Melissa - April 28, 2016 Reply

    Try fish sauce. It’s usually available at any grocery store. I prefer the Red Boat brand (that Trader Joe’s just added to their stores!) because it doesn’t have any added sugar.

Annette Nelms - April 23, 2016 Reply

We slice cherry tomatoes in half & drizzle honey on top of them. We had our doubts too, but don’t knock it ’til you try it!

Cassandra - April 24, 2016 Reply

This recipe looks great. Would love jungle book pack, I always put honey in my oatmeal.

Erin T - April 24, 2016 Reply

I love to use honey as part of a sweet-spicy glaze for pork tenderloin or sweet potatoes – so yummy!!

Jessica F. - April 24, 2016 Reply

I love using honey as a natural sweetener in place of sugar in cooking and baking!

Courtney - April 24, 2016 Reply

Can’t wait to try this! We use honey in everything from oatmeal to smoothies!

Val - April 24, 2016 Reply

Honey is a nice sweet touch in the recipe I use for almond rosemary biscuits!

Tricia - April 24, 2016 Reply

Mmmmm honey. One of the ways we love to eat honey is on a piece of rye toast for a snack, or in our oatmeal at breakfast.

Amanda Kennedy - April 24, 2016 Reply

My family loves when I make a savory chicken recipe called Salsa Cinnamon Chicken. I brown chicken thighs in olive oil and crushed garlic and then pour a mixture of salsa, honey, water, cinnamon, cumin, and dried cranberries over top and allow to simmer. We serve it with rice or couscous or quinoa and a steamed veggie. With 4 kids aged 4, 6, 8, and 10 it can be hard to please them all but this one always hits the mark. Oh, and if I’m feeling fancy I top with toasted pine nuts (doesn’t happen too often.) 😉

Patricia - April 24, 2016 Reply

This recipe sounds fabulous. I do not know if this is where one enters the NHB contest BUT if it is or not, I like to use honey in a Thai curry recipe for the sweetener.

Carol Ann - April 24, 2016 Reply

My favorite use for honey is as a natural remedie for seasonal allergies. One teaspoon of honey twice a day does the job! I am lucky to have a beekeeper that sells at the local farmers market.

Lara - April 24, 2016 Reply

I love making a beef and winter squash stew with honey, mirin, ginger and soy sauce. This looms delicious- can’t wait to try!

Gerri - April 24, 2016 Reply

We use honey in anything one would normally use sugar in and then some- baking, sauces, with greek yogurt, granola, pancakes/waffles

Ashleigh Davis - April 24, 2016 Reply

We use honey in smoothies, on biscuits, in tea. Whats not to love about honey!

Stuti Patel - April 24, 2016 Reply

I absolutely love the combo of honey with peanut or almond butter. We use whole grain bread and spread it with natural peanut butter or almond butter (no sugar added in either) & thin slices of abanana or a red apple. Drizzle it with honey, put on another slice of whole grain bread and it’s delicious!

We also use honey to toast our nuts for snacking. Use any raw nut (almonds, pecans or walnuts are especially good for this snack), and drizzle with a bit of olive oil & salt. Bake in oven or cook in a dry skillet over medium heat, just for a few minutes until nuts are fragrant and hot. Remove from heat and put in a bowl. Drizzle with a bit of honey while still warm. Best served warm. Yum!

Erin - April 24, 2016 Reply

Honey in my tea!

Lori - April 24, 2016 Reply

I love honey and can’t wait to try this recipe. I use it to sweeten my tea every day. My hubby keeps packets of honey in his gym bag as a quick pick me up between workouts (he’s a fitness instructor). Love your ideas!

Angela - April 24, 2016 Reply

I like to use honey in a chicken marinade

Chelsea Reeves - April 24, 2016 Reply

I use honey in a marinade! Pork chops in honey, garlic, soy sauce, and a little pineapple juice. Then grill them along with rings of pineapple and brush honey on the pineapple when it’s still warm! Delicious!

Sheena Y - April 24, 2016 Reply

My favorite way to use Honey in a savory meal is what my family likes to call cereal chicken. I know it sounds really gross but it’s amazing. It’s basically chicken that is battered in crushed cornflakes and almonds and then baked. But the ingrediant that makes it fantastic is a bit of honey. It adds the perfect amount of sweetness and helps the “batter” stick to the chicken.

Christy - April 24, 2016 Reply

I have not used honey in a savory dish before now. This is my first dish, but certainly not my last! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Shelly - April 24, 2016 Reply

I use honey in my chili!!

Juli Dees - April 24, 2016 Reply

I use honey, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar as a marinade for pork tenderloin.

Kate - April 24, 2016 Reply

I’ll sometimes make a honey-lemon chicken.

Stacy L - April 24, 2016 Reply

This recipe looks so delicious – can’t wait to try it! My favorite way to use honey in a savory dish is to mix it with an equal amount of ketchup and use it as a glaze over baked salmon. I started making this easy dish years ago and my entire family loves it!

Andrea Williams - April 24, 2016 Reply

I like to use honey to make Honey Teriyaki Chicken served over rice.

Monique - April 24, 2016 Reply

This sounds amazing! I love “trees” and thankfully my kids do, as well. I like to make honey garlic chicken in my crockpot. The honey is sooo warming with the garlic flavor. Its the best of both worlds when you pair the two together!

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Katie - April 24, 2016 Reply

Laura,
I love the sounds of this recipe and am looking forward to trying it! Our household loves honey to sweeten just about everything, but the favorites are atop Cheerios and mixed with plain yogurt and fresh fruit!

Aline Grigorian - April 24, 2016 Reply

I love honey! One of the ways I love to eat it is to mix it into fresh cream and dunk lightly toasted bread into it. Great for breakfast!

Cheryl P - April 24, 2016 Reply

We love to use honey to marinate/glaze salmon. My son calls the honey soy broiled salmon I recently made, “the bomb”! Can’t beat that. 🙂

thuy n. - April 25, 2016 Reply

I like to make a honey & hot sauce dip for chicken fingers.

Carolsue - April 25, 2016 Reply

I have a recipe called Honey Garlic Salmon which I love!
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Krissie E. - April 25, 2016 Reply

I like to make Honey Walnut Shrimp.

Dody - April 25, 2016 Reply

Honey adds such wonderful flavor to a variety of foods. I used it today making banana bread. So much healthier in smoothies. However, as a southern girl, my favorite way to eat honey is covering a hot, buttered biscuit.

Donna Braamse - April 25, 2016 Reply

I like using honey in chicken dishes — either honey mustard or with soy sauce and chili oil.

Shannon Carino - April 25, 2016 Reply

Our favorite savory honey dish is Garlic Honey Chicken in the crockpot. It’s also a great freezer meal when you want to have something to defrost and cook!

Kristina - April 25, 2016 Reply

We use honey in several savory breads, and also for meat marinades, similar to above. Oh, and honey mustard or honey BBQ sauces..now I want to go make some!

Martha Bison - April 25, 2016 Reply

I like to make a marinade with balsamic vinegar and honey for a yummy pork tenderloin.

Lauren Pitz - April 25, 2016 Reply

I love using honey with sweet potatoes. When I tried this recipe with honey, chili powder, and lime juice, it quickly became a family favorite: http://eatingcleanrecipes.com/2010/10/ancho-roasted-sweet-potatoes/ The honey adds a touch of sweetness to balance the heat!

Heather - April 25, 2016 Reply

I use honey in my tomato soup and salad dressings.

Sharon E. - April 25, 2016 Reply

We like to put honey on our Hawaiian pizza.

Ambery Sobery - April 25, 2016 Reply

I love to use honey in my Slow Cooker Sweet Garlic Chicken! The recipe calls for brown sugar, but honey helps it’s glaze and gives it a richer taste.

Robyn - April 25, 2016 Reply

I love drizzling honey before roasting chicken, broccoli, and bell peppers. 🙂 I can’t wait to try this recipe.

Teresa - April 25, 2016 Reply

I use honey to sweeten smoothies and also when making gelatin gummies. Thanks for all your recipes!

Aubrey - April 25, 2016 Reply

We like to use honey to make granola and baklava!

Trish - April 25, 2016 Reply

Wonderful recipes Laura!

My favorite way to use honey is drizzled over panco lemon baked fish!

Traci - April 25, 2016 Reply

Honey in my smoothies and on my kids yogurt in their lunchboxes!

kelia - April 25, 2016 Reply

We are big fans of using honey for seasonal allergies. I also use honey instead of white sugar in tea.

Leah S. - April 25, 2016 Reply

I make a recipe that I call Asian Honey Chicken in the crock pot, which I serve in a bowl over rice, with mixed steamed veggies on the side. I use boneless skinless chicken thighs and the sauce includes soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, tomato paste, ground red pepper, garlic powder, rice wine vinegar and a couple other things. It takes about 8 minutes to prep, cooks in 4-5 hours, and I shred the chicken before serving. It stores well for leftovers, too!

Carin - April 25, 2016 Reply

Pb and honey!

Danielle Flood - April 25, 2016 Reply

We love honey sesame chicken! I think we’ll love this recipe more, though! Looks amazing. Going to try it this week!

Mamiko Lewis - April 25, 2016 Reply

I love using honey and almost everything! Coffee, baked goods, slow cooker recipes, you name it! But my favorite recipe with honey is bread. Honey gives a distinct flavor and I love it!

Sherry - April 25, 2016 Reply

Honey and lemon juice mixed into hot water…totally helped with my lengthy coughs every winter.

Lori D. - April 25, 2016 Reply

I love honey as a natural sweetener. I use it in place of sugar. I especially love it in hot teas!

mary berry - April 25, 2016 Reply

We love to use honey and peanut butter on waffles for breakfast!

    Laura Fuentes - April 25, 2016 Reply

    YES!!

Viviannette - April 25, 2016 Reply

I put a teaspoon of honey I. My homemade Italian dressing

Krystal Watson - April 25, 2016 Reply

For a savory recipe, I love using honey for homemade honey biscuit ham sandwiches. Sinfully delicious!

Susan - April 25, 2016 Reply

I use honey in my “magic elixir” … Hot lemonade and Honey is what I use to soothe a sore throat.

By the way, this recipe looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try it out.

Faith Sullins - April 25, 2016 Reply

My kiddos and I like to put honey in peanut butter and drizzle it on our fruit.
I also like to mix honey with Sriracha and put it on chicken wings.

Debbie H - April 25, 2016 Reply

We just bought a new jar of local honey so this will be perfect to try out. Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

    Stephanie Schneller - April 26, 2016 Reply

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Jennifer - April 25, 2016 Reply

I make a slightly different version of beef and broccoli on the stove. It’s the only Asian dish my husband will eat and I use honey in the sauce as well. No matter how you make it, beef and broccoli is still a yummy dish.

Stephanie Hart - April 25, 2016 Reply

Honey, lime juice, and nutmeg make a great sauce for summer fruit.

Kim Pieplow - April 25, 2016 Reply

Add some sweetness to bbq sauce for pork ribs!

Staci Mitchell - April 25, 2016 Reply

I use honey for many reasons in my home. Sugar, honey, lemon scrub for blemishes. Lemon,honey and ginger for sore throats. Tea sweetener.To add to my smoothies. Honey chicken recipe

Lynann - April 25, 2016 Reply

I use honey most to sweeten my coffee. I tend to like my coffee quite sweet and I feel a tad better about honey than white sugar.

Julie H - April 26, 2016 Reply

I love easy meals that taste like take-out, because I want to know what’s in my food and I want to use organic/grass fed meats, but I get these cravings for things like beef with broccoli! I love honey – I use it in place of sugar in baking, and in my chai every morning. I hope we can bring back the bee population to what it used to be — every time I use honey, I think about how it’s a tough time to be a bee right now and I appreciate all that honey in the bottle that the bees made.

Amy - April 26, 2016 Reply

I love to roast acorn squash with honey and coconut oil.

Julie W. - April 26, 2016 Reply

Our favorite ways to use honey are to pour all over homemade cornbread (YUM…don’t even need butter!) and to make peanut butter and honey sandwiches on whole wheat bread. Simple but delicious!

lisa franklin - April 26, 2016 Reply

im like to make choc chip peanut butter balls with honey

Christina - April 26, 2016 Reply

Making this in my crock pot right now! Can’t wait to try it! I love honey…. in tea, on toast… but my favorite way to use it is actually in your Breakfast Cookie recipe, Laura! When I have an early morning meeting, I make them the night before for a quick morning routine for the kids. They now look forward to those meetings!

Crazy Joyful Mama - April 26, 2016 Reply

Honey garlic roasted chicken. Yummy!

Paulette - April 27, 2016 Reply

I replace the sugar in most recipes with honey. A healthy alternative that tastes good too. It’s wonderful as a glaze on meats or in baking

Annie - April 27, 2016 Reply

We love honey on our pancakes!

Tammy Jones - April 27, 2016 Reply

Honey mixed with mustard over chicken is wonderful!

Liz Eaton - April 27, 2016 Reply

I like to use honey in my honey/lemon/ginger chicken. Its a family favorite!

Virginia N - April 27, 2016 Reply

my favorite use for honey is just putting it on a fresh biscuit out of the oven

Jacquie Parker - April 27, 2016 Reply

Oh honey! I can’t wait to try this recipe. We use honey in strawberry frozen yogurt and low fat general tso’s chicken. Thanks for the recipes!!

Linda Handy - April 27, 2016 Reply

I love honey on my thin bagel with almond butter.

Heather - April 27, 2016 Reply

We use honey on so many things ! From food dishes to hot tea ! My favorite is using it for wellness ! Honey has so many wonderful benefits and it’s yummy 🙂

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Michelle Mossey - April 28, 2016 Reply

I love this idea. Any crock pot ideas are ones I’m checking out because they are so easy!
Our favorite way to use honey is on a peanut butter and honey sandwich. So simple and so yummy!

Elizabeth Kindler - April 28, 2016 Reply

I make a baked honey orange chicken and serve it over rice. I love how it adds a sweetness without being too sugary!

Melissa - April 28, 2016 Reply

I make honey ginger carrots to go alongside a Moroccan spiced grilled chicken that my family loves.

Alex - April 28, 2016 Reply

Honey mustard chicken is one of our family favourites. Marinade the chicken in a mixture of honey, mustard, and a dash of smoked paprika. When you get home, just toss it on the grill for an easy weeknight dinner.

Karlie - April 30, 2016 Reply

We use honey in a marinade for chicken.

Meghan - May 2, 2016 Reply

I use honey for sore throats. 1 spoonful does it.

Amy J. - May 7, 2016 Reply

I like to use honey in savory recipes like this one – as the sweetener in the sauce. I also use it a lot in baking, but that’s not usually savory :p.

Zhertiam Gonzales - May 16, 2016 Reply

I love to drizzle honey over pears for a pre workout snack, and of course, with my kids favorite side! Honey roasted carrots.

Kate - June 21, 2016 Reply

I would love to try this recipe! What is chili paste? If I can’t find it, is there something I can substitute? Thanks!

    Laura Fuentes - June 22, 2016 Reply

    Hi Kate! Chili paste is also referred to as sriracha. Red bottle, inexpensive, in the Asian area of grocery store.

Rashelle - June 25, 2016 Reply

We Love Honey in our family. I use it as the sugar substitute in making waffles, and also in a fish marinade for baking white flaky fish like halibut or flounder, or on the side with a cup of hot tea.

This recipe sounds delicious.

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