This Slow Cooker Whole30 Paleo Korean Beef Stew is an easy gluten/sugar free weeknight dinner with addicting spicy-sweet flavor! Total healthy comfort food!
PIN Slow Cooker Whole30 Paleo Korean Beef Stew
Zippy, zingy Asian goodness gonna wrap yo’ tastebuds in a COZY HUG.
That’s what eating this whole30 beef stew feels like. Except if it was a hug from a person wearing some kind of awesome jumpsuit and not a weirdo wooly sweater or something like that.
You know, because it’s a KOREAN stew which makes it VRY VRY on trend. I mean it even has runny eggs on it which, according to Instagram, is what all the cool people put on food these days.
Hence the person must be wearing the ON TREND jumpsuit and no the very NOT ON TREND wooly sweater. You trackin’ with me?
Probably not. Buuuut what else is new.
SO LET’S JUST TALK PALEO STEW <– Poetic prose. This post has IT.
A Korean BBQ place JUST opened in Springfield – the first of it’s kind here! I grew up in Vancouver Canada, where Asian food is A BIG DEAL, so I grew up eating a LOT of Korean BBQ and it’s one of my favorite foods.
Sooooooo when this restaurant opened? ANGELS SINGING, HAPPY DANCING. It literally all happened at once.
It was messy. But also, SO NECESSARY.
We ate there as soon as it opened last month, and it ticked ALL the boxes of the Korean food I crave:
- Heavy on the garlicky goodness
- PUNCHY ginger in every bite
- TENDER juicy meat (Bulgogi beef being my most favorite)
- Tangy, pickled vegetables that make your face JUST pucker in the kinda way that balances out all the other sweet-spicy flavors, but not in a “I just ate a whole lemon raw” kinda way.
You get it.
All those cravable flavors are what inspired this slow cooker whole30 paleo Korean beef stew recipe that your taste buds have GOT TO TASTE, LIIIIKE, tonight.
It’s been hitting the KOREAN CRAVING SPOT for A LOT of dinners after our little BBQ date. Are you that kind of person that eats something after forever, remembers how much you liked it and then eats it forever and ever and ever the end until you move onto something else?
*raises hand* ME TOO. I’ll just be over here making this Korean paleo beef stew recipe for every single dinner forever and ever the end.
How do you make beef stew meat tender?
The secret to making beef stew meat SO tender is to sauté it in saucepan coated in oil on medium/low heat until all sides are deep golden brown and DELICIOUS! This LOCKS in that juicy moisture, which is gonna keep your beef just FALL OFF THE BONE TENDER.
I realize there’s no bones here. BUT YOU KNOW.
Annoying because you just want to keep eating this Slow Cooker Whole30 Paleo Korean Beef Stew even when you’re full. It’s just there with its spicy-salty-(naturally!) sweet-ginger-garlic-yumminess, runny-drippy egg, and those pickly cucumbers, TAUNTING you to go for another SLURP.
How do you thicken stew in a crockpot?
You need to use some kind of starch to absorb the juices – we’re using tapioca starch, but you could also use cornstarch. Coating the beef in a little bit of starch prevents it from losing it juices into the other liquids while it cooks, making the stew thinner.
Adding more at the end really brings the THICK and HEARTY goodness that you think about when your brain thinks “stew.”
But, between you and me, I think we should stop all that “thinking stuff” RIGHT NOW.
Instead let’s channel that energy to focus on current SLURPABLE stew situation at hand.
ANGELS SINGING HAPPY DANCING. You’re about to know what that looks like.
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Slow Cooker Whole30 Paleo Korean Beef Stew
For the stew:
- 1/2 Tbsp Sesame oil
- 1/2 Tbsp Avocado oil
- 1 Lb Grass-fed lean stew beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 8 tsp Tapioca starch, divided
- 3 Large carrots, sliced
- 3/4 Cup Beef broth
- 3/4 Cup Apple juice (not from concentrate)
- 1/2 Cup Coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
- 2 tsp Fresh garlic, minced
- 2 tsp Fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tsp Chile garlic paste (or sriracha)
- 1/4 tsp Ground black pepper
- 3 Cup Shitake mushrooms, sliced (4 oz)
- 4 Large eggs
- Cooked cauliflower rice or white rice
- Kimchi (sugar free)
- Pickled cucumber (recipe follows)
- Seasame seeds
- Bean sprouts
- Sliced green onion
- Red Cabbage (optional)
For the pickled cucumbers:
- 1 Cup Apple Juice
- 1/2 Cup Rice Vinegar
- 1 Medium cucumber, thinly sliced
- Heat the sesame oil and avocado oil in a large pan on high heat. Add in the beef and cook until golden brown on all sides. Add into the bottom of a 7 quart slow cooker.
- Add 4 tsp of the tapioca starch, reserving the rest for later, and stir to coat the beef. Add the carrot, broth, apple juice, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, chile paste and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
- Stir together the rice vinegar and apple juice and add the sliced cucumber into it. Cover and refrigerate while the beef cooks.
- After 6 hours, place the remaining 4 tsp of tapioca starch into a small bowl. Add in 8 tsp of the hot cooking liquid and whisk until smooth. While constantly whisking, stir that back into the slow cooker until combined. Add in the mushrooms and stir. Cover and cook until the meat and mushrooms are very tender, about 2 more hours.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil (make sure you have enough water to cover the eggs.) Once boiling, use a slotted spoon to gently place the eggs into the boiling water. Cook for 7 minutes and then drain the hot water out and cover the eggs with cold water.
- Serve over hot cooked cauliflower rice (or regular rice) and garnish with the cucumbers (drain the vinegar/juice out!) kimchi, sesame seeds, green onion, bean sprouts and optional red cabbage. Peel the eggs and slice them on top.
FOR THIS RECIPE, I RECOMMEND:
Weight Watchers Points Per Serving: Freestyle SmartPoints: 7. Points+: 10. Old Points: 9
(per serving – based on recipe serving 4 people, without cauliflower rice or garnishes except cucumbers)
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