Slow-cooker Asian Beef Stew

slow-cooker asian beef stew


  • 800 g (1 lb 12 oz) braising steak, cubed
  • 3 tbs Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbs palm sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, outer leaves removed, chopped finely
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 3 large shallots, chopped finely
  • 3 carrots, cubed
  • 400 g (14 oz) butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 green chillies, deseeded and sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 250 ml (9 fl oz) beef stock
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp cornflour mixed with 1 tbs cold water
  • To Garnish: Thai basil leaves; green and red chillies.
  • To Serve: steamed rice.
Recipe courtesy of Kikkoman.

Days like these are just made for tasty, hot one-pot meals. And this Slow-cooker Asian Beef Stew is perfect.

A few minutes prep, then into the slow-cooker for the day to develop those lovely, savoury flavours. And best of all, it doesn’t need any attention while it’s cooking.

This recipe serves four.


  1. Put the beef in a bowl and add the soy sauce, minced garlic, sugar, five spice powder, pepper and lemongrass. Mix to
    combine, cover and leave to marinate for an hour.
  2. Heat 2 tbs of the oil in a non-stick frying-pan and brown the beef, in batches, until nicely coloured. Transfer to the slow cooker.
  3. Wipe the pan and heat the remaining oil. Fry the shallots for 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the carrots, squash and chillies and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, star anise and cinnamon sticks and bring to a simmer. Transfer to the slow cooker and stir in the cornflour.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Remove the cinnamon sticks and star anise.
  6. Garnish with sliced green and red chillies and Thai basil leaves and serve over steamed rice.


We have plenty more cold-weather recipes to warm you up right here on our website.

If the Slow-cooker Asian Beef Stew was a hit, you can find more slow-cooker goodness with our Slow-roasted Pork with Braised Leeks and Kale or Slow-cooked Turkey With Spiced Chickpeas.

Or turn up the heat with a healthy and hearty vegetable chilli!