Slow Cooked Chinese Beef Cheeks

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Slow Cooked Chinese Beef Cheeks

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Thermomix in Australia to release a new Skinnymixers Classics Mini Cookidoo Collection. As part of that collection I developed a new Chinese Five Spice Beef Cheeks recipe to showcase the very cool new TM6 slow cooking function. 

If you have a TM6, you can find the guided cooking Chinese Five Spice Beef Cheeks recipe on Cookidoo – it is incredible how melt in your mouth tender these are after only 4hrs, when traditionally you would need to cook Beef Cheeks all day.

I promised the Skinnymixers Community that I would share the slow cooker & pressure cooker version on the website – so everyone can enjoy these delicious Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Beef Cheeks.

If you are someone who hasn’t loved Beef Cheeks in the past, I urge you to give these a try. I definitely think they will change your mind on them!

You can find Beef Cheeks in Coles and Woolworths, or ask at your local butcher.

Slow Cooked Chinese Beef Cheeks

Slow Cooked Chinese Five Spice Beef Cheeks

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, slow cook
Servings: 6
Calories: 260kcal


  • Thermomix or Thermo Cooker
  • Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker


  • 2 Fresh red birds eye chillies - trimmed
  • 30 g garlic cloves - peeled (approx. 4)
  • 30 g fresh ginger - peeled, cut into coins
  • 150 g brown onion - peeled, quartered
  • 30 g olive oil
  • 1 kg beef cheeks - trimmed, cut into quarters
  • 80 g soy sauce - tamari or coconut aminos
  • 250 g water
  • 30 g honey
  • 1.5 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
  • 1 pinch freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp cornflour - + 2 Tbsp water, whisked
  • 1 bunch Chinese Broccoli or Bok Choy - 300 g
  • 1 spring onions - cut into thin slices for garnishing
  • 1 long red chilli - cut into thin slices for garnishing


  • Put chilli, garlic and ginger into mixing bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 9/MC on.
  • Add onion and chop 3 sec/speed 5/MC on. Scrape bowl down
  • Add oil and cook 5 min/100°C/speed 1/MC off.
  • Add soy sauce, water, honey, five spice and pepper to mixer bowl. Blend for 30 sec/speed 3/MC on.
  • Add to pressure cooker or slow cooker with beef cheeks. Cook for 1 hour in the pressure cooker or 8 hours on low in the slow cooker. When the beef cheeks are tender, stir through corn flour and green veg. Allow to simmer for 5 mins before serving.
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Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 1071mg | Potassium: 932mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 6578IU | Vitamin C: 100mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 4mg
  1. Chilli does not agree with me – would this recipe still taste fine with a much lesser amount of Chilli ,

  2. 5 stars
    Have a TM31. Used slow cooker with excellent results. Served stirfried veg as a side rather than adding to the meat. Doubled the meat, 1.5 x spices, garlic and ginger and left the liquid the same.

  3. 5 stars
    Another yummy meal. I used just over 1 kilo of beef cheeks and I used the Braggs Coconut Aminos for the soy sauce component. I cooked it in an Electric Pressure Cooker (Breville Express Cooker from the the late 90s) and once finished cooking I added the Chinese Broccoli and the Cornflour mix. It was divine and Miss DD had 2 serves. This one is worth cooking again if you can readily get the beef cheeks.

  4. Another fabulous recipe! Beef was melt in the mouth tender! I did the coconut aminos version as I am soy allergic, so nice to have a soy free Chinese meal!

  5. Another fabulous recipe! Beef was melt in the mouth tender! I did the coconut aminos version as I am soy allergic, so nice to have a soy free Chinese meal!

  6. Made these in my TM6 tonight using the recipe on Cookidoo Guided cooking. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!. Please try these in your slow cooker / TM6 because seriously delicious. The Beef Cheeks just fell apart and melted in my mouth. I have made some variations on this recipe previously – once using my slow cooker and another time using beef ribs (in the slow cooker) as could not source beef cheeks at the time. Every time it has been amazing. but I must admit – tonight, following the recipe for the TM6, was the best version so far.

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  8. Could I use another cut of beef using my slow cooker? Would like to make a larger amount.
    I have a TM5 and a large slow cooker.

  9. What size slow cooker/pressure cooker did you use?
    I’m wanting to buy a new slow cooker but am keen to keep it small (3L rather than the 5-6L) as my family seems to dislike my idea of “batch cooking” (please don’t go there). I’m hoping this will fit!

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