Slow Cooker Korean Sesame Garlic Beef

Melt-in-your-mouth tender and so tasty is this Slow Cooker Korean Sesame Garlic Beef. The delicious marinade with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil gives the beef so much flavor. Such a breeze to make in the crockpot, too. Serve with rice and drizzle the sauce all over.

Having grown up cooking and eating food with the flavors of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil – I knew that any marinade made with this combo would be superb in flavor and would make any dish shine.

So, it was a no-brainer to make a beef dish using this mixture. In fact, I have made two quick stir-fry dishes with such flavors – my Korean Ground Beef recipe and Sauteed Beef with Bean Sprouts and Cabbage.

Both recipes are very popular on our site and for very good reasons! Both are tasty and very easy to make! The same may be said of this flavorful beef dish!

Inspired by my Korean ground beef recipe (where I used a lot of fresh ginger!) and by a Taste of Home Sesame Garlic Beef dish, this easy Korean-style dish for the crockpot came about.

The slow cooker is such a convenient way to cook this delicious beef dish. Apart from the marinating bowl, you don’t need any other extra cooking utensils but the crockpot itself. No need to dirty so many dishes!

What I love about this easy Asian dish is that it has all the classic tastes of homestyle Korean cooking all in one dish – with flavors from sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic – you simply can’t go wrong. It’s an explosion of flavors in your mouth!

Don’t forget to serve this Slow Cooker Korean Sesame Garlic Beef with a lot of rice and drizzle it all over with that delicious sauce.

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Slow Cooker Korean Sesame Garlic Beef

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Melt-in-your-mouth tender and so tasty is this Slow Cooker Korean Sesame Garlic Beef. The delicious marinade with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil gives the beef so much flavor. Such a breeze to make in the crockpot, too. Serve with rice and drizzle the sauce all over.
4.91 from 30 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Korean
Servings 8 people
Calories 365 kcal


  • Slow Cooker or Crockpot


  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds toasted
  • 3 lb beef sirloin tip roast
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4-6 stalks green onions sliced thinly


  • If your sesame seeds are not pre-toasted, dry fry them in a skillet or frying pan until nicely browned but not burned. Divide in half and set aside.
  • Slice the beef sirloin into thin strips. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, water, sesame oil, half of the roasted sesame seeds, ginger, garlic and flour. Add the beef strips and mix well to ensure the beef is well coated with the marinade. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. If short on time, marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • Pour in the beef and its marinade into the slow cooker or crockpot. Cover and cook for 5-7 hours on low or until meat is tender. You can cook it for 3-4 hours on high, too.
  • Transfer the meat to a dish and sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds and sliced green onions. Serve immediately with hot rice.


I have made this with chicken too (use either thighs or breasts) it came out so good. Definitely try the poultry version, if you don’t like beef. 
Serve with rice as always. For the instant pot version, find the recipe here.


Calories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 39gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 915mgPotassium: 676mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 4mg
Keyword how to cook korean beef in the slow cooker, korean beef in the crockpot, korean meat marinade, slow cooker korean sesame garlic beef
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Last updated on January 27th, 2024 at 02:36 pm



  1. Traci
    October 16, 2022 / 8:39 pm

    5 stars
    Just made this for supper, and WOW! So delicious! The beef turned out so tender, this is a great recipe for cheaper cuts of beef. The only change I made to the ingredients was using less sesame oil, kids aren’t big fans. After cooking in the instant pot I put the beef and sauce in a pan on the stove, added a bit of cornstarch, and cooked a bit to thicken the sauce. I know this can be done in the instant pot but I needed to remove the beef to make rice in it. Delicious, this is going to be a family favorite!

    • abigail
      October 17, 2022 / 9:36 am

      So glad it worked for you! Thanks for letting us know. We do love to cook this in both the instant pot or crockpot.

  2. Naomi
    February 10, 2023 / 10:31 pm

    5 stars
    We made this tonight it is so so so delicious! My best friend traveled to me from out of town and it was a nice dinner to enjoy together. I added broccoli in at the last 30 minutes and that was a great touch too! We will definitely be making this again. I love all your recipes that I’ve tried! ♥️ Thank you for sharing with us!!!

    • abigail
      February 11, 2023 / 7:12 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this. Thank you so much for letting us know. Love the addition of broccoli!

  3. Suzie
    February 13, 2023 / 9:28 am

    5 stars
    Made this for SuperBowl. Outstanding!!! We really enjoyed it. Wish I could post a picture of it that I took.

    • abigail
      February 13, 2023 / 9:00 pm

      Wow! So nice to know that and thank you so much for letting us know.

  4. Jacqueline
    May 6, 2023 / 10:09 am

    5 stars
    I bet the brown sugar added a good caramel flavour.

  5. Sharon
    May 6, 2023 / 10:17 am

    5 stars
    Slow-cooking the beef for this dish made it so tender and the sauce added amazing flavor. Can’t wait to make it again!

  6. Andrea
    May 6, 2023 / 10:44 am

    5 stars
    I love how easy this fantastic Korean sesame garlic beef is to make. It’s a perfect slow cooker recipe. My family is going to love it.

  7. Dannii
    May 6, 2023 / 11:14 am

    5 stars
    The flavour in this was amazing. Really garlicky.

  8. Kechi
    May 6, 2023 / 11:22 am

    5 stars
    I made this the other night, and it was so juicy, tasty, and the best! We served it with coconut basmati rice and look forward to making it again.

  9. dana
    May 6, 2023 / 1:42 pm

    5 stars
    This is so good! So many great flavors here and it’s so easy to bring together.

  10. dina and bruce miller
    May 6, 2023 / 4:33 pm

    5 stars
    We needed some new slow cooker recipes, and this one is our new fav! So flavorful! Love how easy it is to make!

  11. Jeff
    May 6, 2023 / 5:47 pm

    5 stars
    This is really nice. Easy to make when I don’t want to BBQ bulgogi.

  12. Michelle
    May 6, 2023 / 7:41 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much! The flavors are perfect and I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  13. Dannii
    May 7, 2023 / 1:33 am

    5 stars
    Such a great way to use the slow cooker. Amazing flavour.

  14. Eileen
    November 12, 2023 / 4:47 pm

    This looks amazing! I plan on adding this to my Thanksgiving menu. Can it be made ahead and then frozen? Can it be cooked whole in the IP? Will this affect the cooking time? Sorry for all the questions, but I want it to be as good as it looks. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • abigail
      November 13, 2023 / 3:18 pm

      If you want to use the instant pot version – here’s the recipe. You can make this 2 days ahead but if you prefer to just freeze it – that’s fine, too. Enjoy.

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