Slow Cooker Orange and Ginger Beef Stew

This Slow Cooker Orange and Ginger Beef Stew is a comforting twist on Calgary Ginger Beef and about the most satisfying stew you can imagine! Succulent, tender beef in a rich gravy with subtle notes of orange and ginger in the background.

overhead shot of two plates of slow cooker orange ginger beef stew served with a side of rice and chopped cilantro on top

Ginger Beef is a uniquely Canadian comfort food classic, that I discovered during my time in Canada.

True to my food-loving-self, one of the first things I did when I arrived in Canada was to check the food magazines section of about every seller I came across. Naturally.

And I was so happy to see so much diversity! They have Canadian recipe magazines, American ones and because I live in Quebec, Quebecois and French ones too. OH MY!

And all the recipes and produces used are in season! I think I’ve been distorted by Australia on this one (check this post to understand why) but it feels great!

close-up of a plate of slow cooker ginger beef served with a side of rice and some chopped cilantro

Anyway, picking just one or two was difficult. I obviously wanted to take them all.

I finally settled on two Canadian Living specials, including one featuring 93 easy slow-cooker recipes. See what happened in my head? Canada = cold = slow-cooker = comforting.

And I was right! This Slow Cooker Ginger Beef was the first recipe I tried and it was 1. delicious 2. very comforting. Thank you Canadian Living!

overhead shot of a serving of slow cooker orange ginger beef with rice on the side and some fresh ginger in the background

A few notes about this Ginger Beef Stew recipe:

The orange and ginger flavors are not too empowering, which is great. They just add a nice touch to the melt-in-your-mouth meat. So if you’re new to this combination of flavors, don’t be afraid to give it a try.

I think it’s really important to use reduced sodium soy sauce and stock because it might be too salty otherwise. That’s why I recommend adding some salt only in the end if needed.

Cilantro and scallions really complete this ginger beef stew, so don’t skip them. Other than that, the recipe is pretty straight-forward! Enjoy 🙂

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Slow Cooker Orange and Ginger Beef Stew

This Slow Cooker Orange and Ginger Beef Stew is a comforting twist on Calgary Ginger Beef and about the most satisfying stew you can imagine! Succulent, tender beef in a rich gravy with subtle notes of orange and ginger in the background.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Canadian
Keyword asian fusion, beef stew, Canadian recipes, comfort food, ginger beef, orange marmalade, slow cooker beef stew, slow cooker recipes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 356 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless beef pot roast / stew beef 900 g
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp five-spice powder also know as Chinese five-spice
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice about 2 fresh oranges
  • 2 tbsp salt-reduced soy sauce omitted because I didn't have any - tamari for GF
  • 1 cup sodium-reduced beef broth
  • 4 cups baby bok choy, cored and chopped 200 g, 7 oz
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 scallions sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves torn
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. If you didn't buy pre-cut meat, start by trimming any excess fat from beef and cut into cubes.
  2. In a large slow-cooker (this is the one I use), combine beef, onion, garlic, ginger, orange marmalade, sugar, five-spice, orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce, and broth. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until beef is tender.
  4. Whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp water and stir into slow cooker. Stir in bok choy.
  5. Cover and cook on high for about 15 minutes or until sauce has thickened and boy choy is wilted. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Serve over rice and top with scallions and cilantro.

Recipe Notes

  •  The orange and ginger flavors are not too empowering, which is great. They just add a nice touch to the melt-in-your mouth meat. If you're new to this combination of flavors, don't be afraid to give it a try.
  •  It's important to use reduced sodium soy sauce and stock because it might be too salty otherwise. Add some salt only in the end, if needed.
  • The cilantro and scallions really complete this dish so don't skip them.

    Recipe slightly adapted from Canadian Living magazine "Easy Does It - Slow Cooker Special 2015"

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Orange and Ginger Beef Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th)
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 523mg 22%
Potassium 546mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 44g 88%
Vitamin A 70.9%
Vitamin C 59.8%
Calcium 11.5%
Iron 27.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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9 Comments
  1. I’m trying this recipe right now, however on stove top instead of the slow cooker. My home smells Amazing! I browned my beef chunks and cooking on low for 2.5 hours on low.

  2. I love Ginger Beef and this is a great healthy twist on it! This slow cooker version is quite a bit lighter than the fried Calgary Ginger Beef I am used to! Love it!

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