Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef

Slow cooker teriyaki beef, an easy and delicious slow cooker dish that your family will love!

I often find myself falling back on chicken-based meals for my family as I know they will like it, but sometimes I want to make something a bit different to keep them on their toes. My kids loved this slow cooker teriyaki beef (admittedly I served it without the chilli and spring onions for them!), and for us this meal made a tasty change from the usual mid-week meals. The house smelt great all afternoon while this cooked away.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef - a delicious and easy to make crockpot dish

Teriyaki is a Japanese cooking method in which food is cooked with a glaze of soy sauce, rice wine (mirin) and sugar, and then grilled or roasted. If you’ve been to Wagamama you are bound to have tried it! In my slow cooker teriyaki beef version I make the sauce in advance and reduce it to thicken before combining it in the slow cooker with diced beef which has been browned in a hot pan. The finished dish has a little sauce, just the way I like it, and the beef has the rich but sweet taste of soy and rice wine, intensified by the long cooking time.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef - a delicious and easy to make crockpot dish

I served this dish with white rice, spring onions, and red chillis on top for those who like spice. For the kids, just white rice with green vegetables on the side went down well. I’m adding this to our regular meal plan in fact as it is great to find something a bit different that everyone loves. It’s great when you’re busy with work, school runs and the rest of it to just throw the food in earlier in the day, and come back to a nearly finished meal.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef - a delicious and easy to make crockpot dish

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef - a delicious and easy to make crockpot dish
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef

A delicious beef dish cooked in your slow cooker

For the sauce:
  • 80 ml dark soy sauce
  • 60 ml rice wine
  • 60 ml water
  • 20 g Demerara or brown sugar
For the main dish:
  • 1 onion diced
  • 600 g diced beef
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp lazy ginger chopped (or 1-2 cm ginger, grated)
  • 4 spring onions chopped
  • Optional: 1 red chilli chopped finely
  1. Bring the sauce ingredients to the boil in a small pan and cook until reduced by half and thickened.
  2. Brown the beef in batches in a hot pan. I did this dry, without oil, but you can use a little oil if you wish.
  3. Place the onion and browned beef in the slow cooker pot.
  4. Pour over the sauce, and top with the garlic and ginger.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  6. Serve with chopped spring onions and red chillis, over white rice.
Recipe Notes

Note: as I mentioned above this recipe has a little sauce only. If you would like yours to have more sauce, double the sauce ingredients. Do still reduce the sauce to thicken it before adding to the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef - a delicious and easy to make crockpot dish

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katie batchelor

Another fab recipe I can’t wait to try. Looks perfect for my family and thanks for sharing x


Oh I love the sounds of this so much. Love teriyaki and your slow cooker version looks so good!

Foodie Quine (@foodiequine)

My mouth has actually been watering reading this! Like you I often go for Chicken as an easy option but my kids love beef to so this would get the thumbs up from the whole family.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

Gorgeous photos Lucy! I bet the beef just falls apart after being cooked in the slow cooker.

Kate Veggie Desserts (@veggie_desserts)

Teriyaki beef was one of my dad’s specialties when I was growing up. I still always have a bottle of teriyaki sauce in the fridge to sprinkle on hot salads and stir fries and it always reminds me of him. I’ll send him your recipe as he’s recently started using his slow cooker!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

The teriyaki flavours in this sound lovely, must try this with tofu!

Cathy @ Planet Veggie

I’ve never thought of doing teriyaki in my slow cooker. It must soak up the flavours beautifully.

Janice @FarmersgirlCook
Janice @FarmersgirlCook

That looks so good, lovely flavours, need to get slow cooking!


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