This is another one of those CanadiAsian recipes I love.
I love using my slow cooker for supper when I’m going to be home all day. Maybe that sounds weird to you, as it’s such a great appliance to use when you’re going to be gone all day. But sometimes I just love having a full day to “relax” (like that ever happens) and not even having to make supper when 4:30 rolls around. It’s about as good as a staycation gets for us these days.
So I put this in the slow cooker day on a rainy Monday off from work and spent a lazy afternoon on the couch — it was the perfect end to a long weekend!
The recipe makes a good amount of sauce. We like a lot of sauce.
We are saucy people.
The sauce is great over plain noodles or rice, and I bet it would even be great over mashed potatoes.
*I have made this recipe and fried the beef briefly until browned in a large frying pan after tossing it in some corn starch. If you choose to do it that way, I find the sauce doesn’t get as much of a beefy flavour.
This time, I just threw everything in the slow cooker and let it go, because I was lazy. More of the juices from the steak seeped out into the sauce so the flavours of the sauce were a little diluted. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing — the flavour of the sauce is just a little milder. If you fry the beef first, the flavour of the sauce will be a bit stronger.
If you don’t like your peppers and onions soft, feel free to just toss them in for the last hour or hour and a half — I put mine in for the whole cooking time. Once again, laziness. Do whatever works for you, and whatever your family prefers.
So quick and easy -- and using the slow cooker keeps the house cool in the summer! Slow cooker beef covered in a rich, dark sauce full of Asian flavours.
- 1 1/2 - 2lbs steak, sliced very thin (I love using sirloin for this recipe)
- 1 medium onion, sliced thin
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 3/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp garlic
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/2 cup apricot jam
- 3 tbsp corn starch
- 3 tbsp water
- * Place steak, peppers and onions in the slow cooker.
- Combine the soy sauce through apricot jam in a medium bowl. Pour into the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Half an hour before you want to eat, turn the slow cooker to high. Combine the corn starch and water. Stir into sauce in the slow cooker to thicken.
- Serve over noodles or rice.
*See notes in post above regarding browning steak first and adding peppers later.