If you’re looking for an easy and delicious weeknight meal, look no further than this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef and Vegetables. The beef is cooked low and slow in a savory teriyaki sauce, while the vegetables are simmered in the same sauce until tender. This dish is healthy, hearty, and perfect for busy families.
Slow cooker recipes are perfect for those nights when you don’t have much time to cook. Enjoy a very easy hearty Asian-style dinner that is a perfect weeknight meal. Beef steak and vegetables are slow cooked and served over rice.
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki
I love using my crockpot for meals as it is such a time-saver. Coming home after a long day of work or a day of events with the family, easy dinner time meals are so welcomed. This Asian style recipe has a bit of sweet and salty combined with tender beef and vegetables. Sometimes we just have this without rice.
What is the best cut of beef for teriyaki?
Flank steak is great for stir-fry recipes. It is a long flat cut of meat with a definite grain. It is a budget-friendly cut of meat, which makes it perfect for quick cooking recipes. However, a skirt steak, or sirloin tip cuts are good choices too.
Easy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef and Vegetables Recipe Tips
Use beef stew meat that has been cut into small pieces already or cut your own into thin strips from a tender cut of beef, a lean meat is a great choice.
Cornstarch is a key ingredient. It helps thicken the sauce. In this recipe, flour just does not seem to work as well for thickening.
If you find the sauce if too thin for your liking or prefer a stickier, thicker sauce, mix ½ cup of beef broth with 2 tablespoons of corn starch. At this point, you can heat in the microwave 1 minute at a time until thick and then add that to the slow cooker beef and vegetables. Or, you can just add the beef broch and cornstarch mixture and let dinner continue cooking for another 30 minutes, stirring to combine.
Add red pepper flakes for a spicier dish.
Sometimes, I will add some fresh ginger, sliced onions, or minced garlic for even more flavor.
Today, I used broccoli and cauliflower; however just about any vegetable will work in this recipe like green beans, carrots, green pepper, or sliced onions.
As you can see, I added frozen vegetables. If you thaw the vegetables first, they will cook up much quicker.
You could sear steak in a large skillet with a bit of oil before adding it to the slow cooker for even more flavor. If I have the extra time, I will do that, but today was a day when I was short on time and just added the thinly sliced beef.
Can you put raw beef in slow cooker?
Yes, you can. While it is normally recommended to brown the outside first for better flavoring, it is perfectly safe to add the raw beef directly to the slow cooker.
What sides go with teriyaki steak?
Most often, we serve beef teriyaki with white rice or brown rice. However, you can also serve with mashed potatoes or noodles.
Slow Cooker Meals
The entire family is fed in minutes when I get home from work. If you love these easy and tasty meals as much as I do, here are a few more slow cooker meals you might enjoy.
Slow Cooker Swedish Meatball Recipe great as a meal over noodles or an appetizer.
I made my Holiday ham in this way all the time. Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham
This one is comfort food for us. Slow Cooker Beef Tips with Gravy
How to Store Leftovers
This recipe is great for storing leftovers and quickly reheating. Once cooled to room temperature transfer any leftovers to an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, we just place a serving on a plate or in a bowl and reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Easy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef and Vegetables Recipe
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- 2 Pounds Beef Round Steak trimmed of fat and cut into thin bite-size pieces
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ Cup Soy sauce
- ½ Cup Ketchup
- ½ Cup Honey
- ½ Cup Teriyaki Sauce
- 12 Ounces Broccoli
- 12 Ounces Cauliflower
- 1 ½ Cups Uncooked Long-Grain White Rice or Brown Rice
- 3 Cups Water
- 1 Teaspoon Sesame Seeds Optional
- 2 Green Onions sliced thin
- In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, mix steak, ketchup, honey, and the teriyaki sauce. In a small bowl, stir the cornstarch and soy sauce until well combined and pour the cornstarch mixture over the steak mixture.
- Cover; cook on Low heat setting about 6 hours.
- Add the vegetables near the end of cooking. Increase heat setting to high. If using frozen vegetables, add those 2 hours before serving. If using thawed vegetables, they can be added 30 minutes before serving. Cook until vegetables are crisp-tender.
- Meanwhile, cook rice in 3 cups water as directed on package. Serve beef with rice. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onions as a garnish, optional.