Slow Cooker Orange Beef

Summer has definitely popped in SC. Any cooking sounds like a terrible idea, and anything that takes effort? Hard pass. That’s what makes this recipe so great – hardly any effort, and a slow cooker means I don’t have to stand over a hot stove.

slow cooker orange beef

Of course, if you want to serve it over rice, there will be some hot stove involved (unless you have a rice cooker), so take that as you want. I’m not great at seasonally appropriate recipes. Delicious recipes? Now that’s my forte…

london broil beef

So when I make food, I like to make enough so I have leftovers. Therefore, I used a 3-lb London broil for this recipe. Feel free to scale things per your crowd. Sliced thinly – takeout style.

london broil sliced

And then bite-sized, although this part isn’t strictly necessary as it gets pretty tender in the slow cooker.

london broil

Next we need some garlic. My trick for removing the garlic skin is to lightly crush the garlic with the side of a knife – the papery covering flakes right off!

garlic smash

Ta-da! Garlic. Dice it up a bit.


One orange, zested and juiced, adds great citrus flavor!

orange zest

Move everything to the slow cooker, including some soy sauce, sesame oil and spices, then cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

crockpot orange beef prep

In the last half hour of cooking, mix a little of the natural beef broth with corn starch and add that back to the slow cooker to thicken slightly.

cornstarch thickener

Serve it up! I served this over rice with some steamed vegetables, and garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.

slow cooker orange beef

Slow Cooker Orange Beef

Slow Cooker Orange Beef

Homemade take-out made extra easy with a slow cooker! Orange Beef is a very filling meal, flavored with citrus and a hint of spice.


  • 3 lb London broil, fat removed
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce (use gluten-free if gluten is a concern)
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp pepper, or to taste
  • 3 tbs cornstarch
  • sesame seeds and green onions, for garnish


  1. Thinly slice beef. Add to crockpot, along with orange zest and juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper flakes and pepper. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, remove some of the natural beef broth (about 1/4 c.) and mix it with the cornstarch. Add the cornstarch mixture back to the crockpot, stirring gently to mix.
  3. Serve beef with sesame seeds and green onions.

This recipe also works well as a freezer meal - just combine all ingredients except for sesame seeds and green onions in a freezer bag and freeze. When ready to use, thaw completely then cook per recipe directions.

adapted from melaniemakes

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