3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple


This has everything I love in a meal:

It’s simple to fix.  I’m pretty sure even the slowest cook could get this started in about 2.3 minutes.

There are only a few ingredients.

Everyone loved it!

In my book, that makes a nearly perfect weeknight meal.  The only downside (and it isn’t much of a downside) is that you’ll still need to fix a veggie and make the rice right before dinner.  Since those are both easy tasks, it’s no problem.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 2 lbs. stew beef
  • 15 - 20 oz jar Teriyaki sauce
  • 20 oz pineapple tidbits, drained
  1. Put the beef in the slow cooker.
  2. Pour sauce over the top.
  3. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  4. Add pineapple during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking.
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  1. I’m thinking you could throw some frozen veggies in with the pineapple and it would be like stirfry…maybe?

  2. Hi Tiffany: Do you defrost your beef? I noticed it frozen in the picture. Thanks!!

  3. I love your website! I have a bunch of your recipes pinned and use them often. Then when I’m in the mood to try something new (which is quite often) you always have something new and simple. Thank you!!!!!

  4. Do you cook your beef at all prior to putting it in the crock?

  5. I made this recipe a few nights ago. We all agreed it was way too salty. I would recommend using low sodium teriyaki sauce if they make such a thing. It was almost inedible to us.

    • Robin, they do make a low sodium teriyaki sauce. I buy it all the time since I’m not supposed to have a lot of salt in my diet.

  6. I’ve had my eye on this recipe for two weeks & finally, tonight it’s “what’s for dinner.” My hubby makes his own teriyaki sauce (it’s delish) so, we’re excited to see how it turns out. (:

  7. Made this a few weeks ago. It was too salty for my family – my toddler actually vomited after two bites! I used regular soy sauce and found that the pineapples soaked up a lot of the salt and were not sweet at all and the meat was pretty tough. I really wanted to like this recipe but ended up dumping 90% of it in the trash 🙁 Anyone looking for a simple Asian style dish could try your Honey Cashew Pork. So tasty I am working it into our regular rotation alternating chicken or pork.

    • Me too. Two bites was it. Had to throw it out. Way too salty. 4-5 shakes of the tereyaki sauce should be enough. Wondering if there was a misprint or typo in the amts of ingred. Will try again later and adjust

      • I’m sorry about the saltiness. I wonder if it’s the type of Teriyaki sauce. I’ve had some that seem more like soy sauce than what I used. Did you use the same thing I show in the photo?

        • http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/07/taste-test-bottled-teriyaki-sauce-what-is-the-best-brand.html

          Hi Tiffany,

          Thank you for touching base to try and figure out why this recipe was inedibly salty for some of us. I used Kikkoman Teriyaki – Marinade and Sauce – The Original Teriyaki. I had no idea there could be such a difference from brand to brand and was very surprised to see that Kikkoman alone has several different Teriyakis within their line. I included a link that taste tested and evaluated a few brands and also has a recipe for homemade sauce.


          • Lawry’s has a very good Teriyaki marinate. Have found all sauces and marinades in the Kikkoman line are overly salty. Been using Lawry’s for years, the have a pineapple teriyaki as well

    • I wonder if you could add something sweet like honey or apricot preserves to cut the salt as well.

  8. I made this this weekend but definitely modified. Worked with Teriyaki sauce before and knew about saltiness, so I used low sodium version, which helps. I also added the juice from the 2 cans of pineapple in the beginning to help add a little sweet. I also added for the last 30-45 minutes of cooking time, 3 cups of brown rice (to help absorb liquids and salt of the sauce), a small bag of frozen carrots & peas and then the pineapple.

    Next time I make this, I’ll take more of an Asian spin by adding the above plus water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and a little brown sugar to sweeten slightly and reduce the salty taste. Family liked it and I also doubled the beef to make it really substantial and get really good leftovers for during the week (quick dinner fixes). All in all, not bad but needed some shzzuzing. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I used teriyaki marinade instead also added brown
    sugar red peppers and onions.. Not too salty!!

  10. Could I substitute cubed chicken for the beef? I’m thinking that should probably work fine, yes?

  11. I use La Choy sauce as it has the lowest sodium of all the ones I looked at. Also add water chestnuts and snap peas the same time the pineapple goes in. Great dinner!!!!!

  12. Please is there any translation in french??


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