Teriyaki beef in the instant pot is a delicious recipe that’s quick and easy for a weeknight meal with little prep and a short cook time.Jump to Recipe
Teriyaki has always been one of my favorite flavors when it comes to Japanese food. I love the sweet but savory taste with the bit of saltiness in there, too. If you choose to, you can make your own homemade teriyaki sauce for the recipe. But since we were short on time, I wanted this to be an easy recipe in less time than it would take to make a sauce from scratch.
Surprisingly, this was a recipe the whole family enjoyed. The boys didn’t eat the cooked onions, but they liked the beef with sauce.
By pressure cooking the meat, it’s done quickly for an easy weeknight dinner. If you have more time, you could also make it in the slow cooker, though that would have a longer cooking time. I would also sear the meat before adding it to the slow cooker to make sure it cooks through properly. If you use a slow cooker, you can use tougher cuts of meat since it will soften as it cooks.
The Best Cut of Beef to Use
While there are so many different cuts of beef, there are a few that will work best for teriyaki beef in the instant pot. I used a container of Angus beef already cut into strips. You can also use skirt steak, sirloin steak, or stew meat. You want to use tender beef that you can cut into strips or chunks. Because it’s being cooked in a sauce, you can usually use a less expensive cut of beef such as round steak. Any of these can be found in your local grocery store.
Teriyaki Beef Sides & Garnish
The first side that always comes to mind with Japanese dishes and teriyaki recipes is a layer of white rice or brown rice. It’s perfect when adding a bit of the thick teriyaki sauce to the top of the rice. I also like to have some pan-fried broccoli with meals such as this. You can add a bit of sesame oil and fresh ginger when you cook it for more flavor.
To garnish the teriyaki beef, I would add some sesame seeds, sliced green onions, or red pepper flakes.
Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef Step by Step
- 1 lb stir fry beef
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 1 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1/2 cup water
Place the beef in the bottom of the pot.
Add the sliced onion on top and pour the teriyaki sauce and water over everything.
Stir to loosen the beef and onions and coat them with the sauce.
Put the lid on, set it to seal, and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
Allow a natural release for 5 minutes then manually do a quick release of the pressure.
Serve the beef teriyaki warm over rice if desired.
Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef Leftovers
Storage: Store leftover teriyaki beef in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheating: Reheat the beef in a small saucepan over medium heat until warmed through. If it’s dry, you can add more water, teriyaki sauce, beef broth, or a bit of olive oil to the pan.
Freezing: You can freeze teriyaki beef for up to 2-3 months. The meat will absorb the sauce, though, so you may want to add up to a cup of water when you reheat.
Originally Published On: March 13, 2023
Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef
- 1 lb stir fry beef
- 1/2 onion (sliced)
- 1 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- Place the beef in the bottom of the pot
- Add the sliced onion on top and pour the teriyaki sauce and water over everything
- Stir to loosen the beef and onions and coat them with the sauce
- Put the lid on, set it to seal, and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes
- Allow a natural release for 5 minutes then manually do a quick release of the pressure
- Serve the beef teriyaki warm over rice if desired
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
15 thoughts on “Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef”
Excellent teriyaki beef recipe! Simple and quick to make – and it disappears from the family’s plates. Thank you for the info on what cut of beef to purchase – I am so often confused at the butcher shop!
This sounds SO GOOD!! Plus it looks relatively easy to put together and prepare, so that’s a plus! Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll de trying it out and soon!
Holy moly, that looks so good! I love how easy it is to make such a hearty recipe. My family is going to love this.
This looks beautiful! My husband is currently working on dinner while I finish up some work and making something very similar. But replacing rice with thin noodles!
Teriyaki beef is a favorite of mine. I usually order it for takeout, since my cooking skills are so limited. But prepping it fresh at home sounds much better.
I don’t use my instant pot as much as I should. I’m printing this one out to make later in the week! Looks delicious.
Nnniiicccceeeee….thank you for this beef recipe! I haven’t had teriyaki beef before but now that I have your recipe, I look forward to it.
I love how easy and delicious to make this Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef. Everyone in our house loves it!
This sounds and looks so delicious, I need to make this! Would be great with a side of crab puffs.
I absolutely love teriyaki! This recipe looks absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to make it. Everyone seems to love it!
I’ve not had teriyaki in ages. It’s such a yummy dish. I’ve not tried it with beef yet, only chicken so far. It does sound like something my husband and I would really enjoy and would make a lovely tasty, and healthy meal.
Sounds like such a convenient recipe to try. I haven’t made something like this before.
I love Teriyaki, I love beef. This would be delicious. Cant wait to try this one.
Love Japanese food but never tried this before. Since it’s easy and quick, would definitely try it at home. Thank you for sharing!
Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The Instant Pot makes it possible to have this meal on the table in a fraction of the time it would take to cook it traditionally.