Crockpot steak teriyaki is a delicious easy recipe that requires only a few minutes of prep time. This quick dinner recipe features tender beef and sweet pineapples in a thick teriyaki glaze over a bed of white rice. Make this instead of ordering takeout.
When life gets busy, I am all about fast, simple meals that I can set and forget.
The slow cooker is my best friend if I know we have a busy day ahead because it lets me make delicious dinners I feel good about feeding to my boys like this crockpot steak teriyaki.
What is teriyaki?
Teriyaki sauce is an Asian seasoning or marinade.
It’s normally a combination of soy sauce, sake or mirin, sugar and ginger.
This sauce pairs well with almost any meat or vegetable and gives them so much flavor.
Is teriyaki spicy?
No. Teriyaki is not spicy.
It’s slightly sweet and salty with a bit of ginger flavor.
If you want to make it spicy you could add some crush red pepper flakes or sriracha.
How to Make
This is one of those dinners I fall back on when I know I won’t have a lot of time to put something together.
To make it, just add the beef, pineapple and water chestnuts to the bowl of your slow cooker and season it with salt and pepper.
Then pour the teriyaki sauce evenly over top and stir everything to combine the ingredients.
Now turn the slow cooker on low and let the mixture cook for 4 to 5 hours or until the meat is cooked through and tender.
Just before serving, turn the slow cooker up to high.
Whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl until it forms a slurry.
Pour the slurry into the crockpot and give everything a stir.
Let everything cook for another 5-10 minutes. The sauce will thicken while it cooks.
Serve over steamed white rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
Stir fried veggies make a great side dish to serve with this.
Since it’s already served over steamed white rice, veggies really are a natural final pairing. I love whipping up a batch of these fresh garlic ginger green beans a full Asian inspired meal.
Can I Use A Different Cut Of Beef Other Than Steak?
I use stew beef in this recipe, which I absolutely love.
A single package goes straight into the crock with all the cutting and prep work already done for me.
It makes it worth stocking up on to me. However, I don’t always have stew beef on hand and I can’t resist a great sale.
Flank, or skirt, steak cut into strips works perfectly as a substitute.
I’ve also been known to pull a chuck roast out of the deep freezer, let it thaw, and then cut it up in roughly one inch cubes to throw in this recipe.
If you want a beef alternative, my sister uses cubed pork loin and swears by it!
Can I Cook This On High Heat Instead?
To cook it on high the whole time, shorten the cook time to 2 to 3 hours or until the meat is cooked through.
What Toppings Should I Use?
We love the traditional pairing of sesame seeds & thinly sliced green onions. However, there are several other yummy options to consider.
- chopped nuts, like peanuts or cashews
- crispy wonton strips
- fried chow mein noodles
- crisp wasabi peas
- crushed red pepper flakes
- chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Use one, or even a combination. Experiment and find the flavors that work best for you.
This beef teriyaki recipe saves very well covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat either pop it back in the slow cooker on low until it is warmed through or spoon out individual servings and microwave in a microwave safe dish.
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Make this crockpot steak teriyaki the next time you want an effortless, delicious meal your family will love!
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Crockpot Steak Teriyaki
- 3 lbs stew beef
- 1 bottle teriyaki sauce
- 1 20 oz can pineapple tidbits drained
- 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
- steamed white rice for serving
- Add the beef to the bowl of your slow cooker. Season with salt & pepper.
- Add the pineapple & water chestnuts to the crock pot. Pour the teriyaki sauce evenly out over top. Stir gently to combine all of the ingredients.
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
- Turn the crockpot on high.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water to form a slurry. Pour the slurry into the pot, stirring to incorporate.
- Allow the mixture to cook another 5-10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
- Ladle the cooked steak teriyaki over warm bowls of steamed white rice to serve.
- Top with thinly sliced green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.