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In the crockpot recipe, rich steak tips are slow cooked until they become fall-apart tender and glazed with a beautiful glaze with just the right balance of salty and sweet. Teriyaki sauce and beef are magical partners, and in the slow cooker they turn into an irresistibly flavorful Asian-inspired dish. This teriyaki beef is perfect scooped over rice to catch all of the delicious sauce.

Green plate of Teriyaki Beef Tip Steaks and brown rice.

How often do you use your slow cooker (or the slow cooker feature of your Instant Pot?) Which slow cooker camp are you in?  Are you a person who reaches for it a few times a week, who really adheres to the dump it, set it and forget it mindset? Who really takes to heart the whole thought of making dinner in the morning, turning the machine on, and coming home to a home redolent of pork and tomatoes and gravy and what not? 

There are a very sizable the people who can’t live without their slow cookers, and who credit the appliance for them having dinner on the table many nights.

Teriyaki Beef Tip Steaks in a slow cooker.

Browning Steak Before Slow Cooking

It’s true that unless you sear or sauté some ingredients before slow-cooking them, the texture of a slow cooker meal can be somewhat soft and monotonous. But if you don’t mind washing an extra pan you can have the browning and caramelization (the Maillard Reaction, if you want to dig a little deeper) that makes many foods taste oh that much better. 

And if you have an Instant Pot, then you hopefully know that you can actually brown the meat in the Instant Pot, and then add the rest of the ingredients and change to the slow cooker setting, and have the whole thing happen right there in one pot.

If I’m using my slow cooker (which is bigger than my Instant Pot, so still very much a thing in my house),  I do usually take that extra bit of time and make that searing/browning thing happen. But not always. If you were to say, “Eh, not in the mood,” you would not be alone by a long shot. Same thought for the scallions at the end—nice color, next bit of spicy crunch, but optional.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef Tip Steaks: In the crockpot recipe, rich steak tips are slow cooked until they become fall-apart tender and glazed with a beautiful teriyaki glaze with just the right balance of salty and sweet.

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Spoon grabbing a Teriyaki Beef Tip Steak from a slow cooker.

Beef Steak Tips

You may see beef steak tips called sirloin steak tips or beef tip steaks or tri-tip steaks (they sure do have lots of names) in the market. They are a part of the sirloin, and noted as a good value for a tender cut of beef.

This teriyaki-ish take was greeted with a vigorous thumbs up. Actually especially from the dog who doesn’t even have actual opposable thumbs.   All in all, this recipe is a keeper, and a good reason to keep your slow cooker on a more accessible shelf.

Teriyaki Beef Tip Steaks and brown rice on a green plate.

How to Make Crockpot Teriyaki Beef Tips

In a small bowl combine the cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, cornstarch, and mirin, if using. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the steak for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove and add them to the slow cooker. In the same skillet add the remaining tablespoon of oil and turn the heat to medium. Sauté the onions and garlic for about 3 minutes, until slightly softened.

Stir the sauce and add it to the pan, and stir to scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Pour the sauce over the meat in the slow cooker, and then set the slow cooker to high for 4 hours. Serve the beef teriyaki over the rice, with the scallions sprinkled on top if desired.

Fork and knife grabbing a Teriyaki Beef Tip Steak.

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef Tip Steaks

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 People
In the crockpot recipe, rich steak tips are slow cooked until they become fall-apart tender and glazed with a beautiful teriyaki glaze with just the right balance of salty and sweet.

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup less sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons mirin rice wine; optional
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil divided
  • 2 pounds beef tip steaks cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Hot cooked rice brown or white, to serve
  • Thinly sliced scallions for garnish optional

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl combine the cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, cornstarch, and mirin, if using. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the steak for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove and add them to the slow cooker. In the same skillet add the remaining tablespoon of oil and turn the heat to medium. Sauté the onions and garlic for about 3 minutes, until slightly softened. Stir the sauce and add it to the pan, and stir to scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Pour the sauce over the meat in the slow cooker, and then set the slow cooker to high for 4 hours.
  • Serve the beef teriyaki over the rice, with the scallions sprinkled on top if desired.

Notes

Browning Steak Before Slow Cooking

It’s true that unless you sear or sauté some ingredients before slow-cooking them, the texture of a slow cooker meal can be somewhat soft and monotonous. But if you don’t mind washing an extra pan you can have the browning and caramelization (the Maillard Reaction, if you want to dig a little deeper) that makes many foods taste oh that much better. 
And if you have an Instant Pot, then you hopefully know that you can actually brown the meat in the Instant Pot, and then add the rest of the ingredients and change to the slow cooker setting, and have the whole thing happen right there in one pot.

Nutrition

Calories: 297.05kcal, Carbohydrates: 17.51g, Protein: 33.69g, Fat: 9.79g, Saturated Fat: 5.55g, Cholesterol: 83.16mg, Sodium: 864.68mg, Potassium: 589.13mg, Fiber: 0.44g, Sugar: 11.87g, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 46.34mg, Iron: 3.19mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Haven’t made the recipe but I will….I just wanted to say those plates are absolutely gorgeous . That ivy pattern. The color!!

  2. Easy to make, great flavors. I added shiitake mushrooms and made extra sauce. Made on 8/12/20

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