Crock Pot Teriyaki Steak

Teriyaki Steak for the Slow Cooker
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 6 hrs 20 mins
Total: 6 hrs 35 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
275 Calories
12g Fat
4g Carbs
36g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 275
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 625mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 347mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Teriyaki is a delicious, thick Japanese glaze that coats grilled and broiled ingredients. With a perfect balance of sweet and savory, this sauce is great on beef, chicken, salmon, tofu, tempeh, and seitan. Although you could buy pre-made teriyaki sauce, there's no need, as making your own mixture at home is very easy, budget-friendly, and has no need for preservatives, additives, or high levels of sodium or sugar. Our recipe for a teriyaki steak will bring these Asian-inspired flavors to your table with minimum effort, so you can quickly prep in the morning and come back to a dish that is filling and succulent. By using your slow cooker there's very little mixing or oversight. Simply mix the sauce over the steak in the pot, cook for 7 hours, and add a slurry of cornstarch and water 20 minutes before is dinner time. That's it. The thick sauce will coat your beef steaks and provide a flavorful dish that you can serve over white rice or noodles alongside a green salad or roasted vegetables.

We suggest using round steak, a cut from the rear leg of the animal. This is a budget-friendly cut with tons of flavor. Because it has little fat and comes from a very active muscle, the cut is fairly tough. Thus slow cooking it brings out the best texture. Usually best when used in stews and soups that require long, slow cooking, the round tip is preferably sliced very thin to allow the moisture and heat to tenderize all the muscle fibers. Swiss steak is a famous dish made with round steak that you might have tried before. In that recipe, the steaks are tenderized by pounding or rolling before cooking. This teriyaki recipe fairly serves 6—with 8 smaller portions possible—but it also depends on what you are serving on the side. If the steaks are the main dish with just one side, perhaps you're looking at half a pound of meat per person or just 4 servings. But if you are offering plenty of sides, you can plan on one-third of a pound per person, so a fair 6 to 8 guests.


  • 2 pounds boneless beef round steak

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons rice wine, or dry sherry, apple juice or broth

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed and minced

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • Garnish: green onions, chopped

  • Garnish: 1 to 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, or to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut the round steak into serving-size pieces and pound to 1/8 inch in thickness.

  3. Combine the ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, wine, and garlic in a small bowl. Reserve.

  4. Place the beef in the slow cooker or crockpot and pour the sauce over it. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours.

  5. Make a slurry combining the cornstarch with the water. Pour it into the slow cooker, mix well and increase the heat to HIGH. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.

  6. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and green onions, and serve with your favorite sides.

  7. Enjoy!