stewI’m on a little bit of a slow cooker kick lately. We had some pork tenderloin in it the other night, then I cooked up this Asian Beef Stew with Bok Choy and Carrots. It’s delicious and hearty, without being super thick and gravy-like. 

I actually made this the day before, cooled it down a bit then stored it in the fridge overnight. Sometimes slow cooker stews and soups are much better the second day, which I think this was. I adapted this Asian Beef Stew from a short ribs recipe I found in Real Simple magazine. My version uses regular stew meat instead of beef short ribs (which have been really hit or miss for me at our grocery store – way too much fat!). 

A quick note on this recipe: Do not add any additional salt! The soy sauce and beef broth are salty enough so you certainly don’t need any additional salt in this recipe. I even bought low-sodium broth (which I highly recommend for all recipes) and it was plenty salty. 

Read on for the recipe and stay tuned for a great Super Bowl slow cooker recipe coming tomorrow! 

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Stew with Bok Choy and Carrots
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs. stew beef (or chuck roast)
  2. 1/3 cup ginger, finely chopped
  3. 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 1 onion, diced
  5. 5 carrots, peeled and cut in half
  6. 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  7. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  8. 1 head of bok choy, roughly chopped (discard the larger white ends)
  9. 3 scallions, chopped
  10. Brown rice or noodles for serving
Instructions
  1. Combine everything in the slow cooker up until (and including) the soy sauce. Leave the bok choy and scallions out.
  2. Heat the mixture on high in the slow cooker for about 4 hours or until the beef is tender. (You can also do 6-8 hours on low, depending on how hot your slow cooker is)
  3. Stir in the bok choy and scallions and cook on low for about 15 minutes until everything is hot all the way through. You want the bok choy still a little crunchy to give the stew some texture.
  4. Serve over brown rice or noodles.
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