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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Taste-bud Journey: Teriyaki Steak with Pineapple

During the pandemic, I am taking taste-bud journeys as I self-isolate rather than physical journeys. Here is my adapted recipe for making Teriyaki Steak with Pineapple in a Crockpot. It was inspired by viewing four different recipes from which I selected my favorite ingredients. 

Conclusion: I found the sauce to be enjoyable, the vegetables I added were a nice touch; however, the steak itself was a little 'cloudy' tasting. I think that was more a reflection on the quality of the steak than the recipe. I think this would be better using a higher cut of beef. All in all, I did find this a pretty good meal. That's a good thing as there are enough leftovers for probably four more meals. I will probably freeze half of that to enjoy at a future time.



  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks from cutting up 5 pineapple slices 
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp to place in Ninja 4-in-1 cooker to sear steak
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • steak cut to bite-size pieces
  • Meat Tenderizer
  • La Choy Stir Fry Vegetables, Traditional (drain juice) [OPTIONAL]


  • Step 1: Wash and cut-up steak into bite-size pieces. Also, cut up 5 (or more) pineapple slices into chunks. 

  • Step 2: Stir together water and cornstarch until there are no lumps. Then, prepare marinade by mixing that with all ingredients listed above with the exception of the pineapple chunks, the vegetables, and the steak.

  • Step 3: Sear the steak on the Stove-top setting of the Ninja 4 in 1 cooker with Auto IQ.  Season the steak with Meat Tenderizer. Add in the pineapple to sear a bit, as well.

  • Step 4: Pour in the marinade mixture. Mix well.

  • Step 5: If desired, add in some vegetables that you feel would be compatible with teriyaki steak and pineapple. [FYI - I added in the can of La Choy Stir Fry Vegetables after draining the can, after 3 hours of cooking. I meant to add them at the beginning but had forgotten them until that point. ]

  • Step 6: Set the cooker to the Crockpot setting and cook the entire mixture for four hours.

  • Step 7: Serve this meal with rice.

  • Step 8: Eat and enjoy!

Recipe Sources: These recipe blogs will each open up in a new window. I used part or most of the listed ingredients indicated by these chefs. I also made use of ingredients or food items I had available in my pantry, refrigerator, or freezer.

Cooking Sites that have inspired me:

Books written by Debbie Dunn:

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