Juicy Pineapple Teriyaki Steak: A Mouthwatering Recipe!

I would like to introduce you to a truly tropical twist on steak – my pineapple teriyaki steak recipe. Imagine sinking your teeth into a juicy, tender cut of steak that has been marinated in a sweet and tangy mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, gingerroot, and pineapple juice. Sound mouth-watering? Trust me, it is!

This recipe is perfect for those who love the savory taste of beef but also enjoy the occasional sweet indulgence. The combination of fresh pineapple chunks, gingerroot, and soy sauce create an alluring aroma that will transform your kitchen into an exotic island escape.

Whether you are grilling outside or need a quick skillet dinner idea at home, this recipe is versatile enough to satisfy any steak lover. I have no doubt that you will appreciate the delectable fusion of flavors that this recipe offers – with every bite, you’ll feel like you’re dining in paradise.

So tighten your apron strings and let’s fire up the grill. It’s time for some fresh-off-the-grill pineapple teriyaki steak!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pineapple Teriyaki Steak
Pineapple Teriyaki Steak

Not only is this dish easy to prepare, but it also uses ingredients that are likely already in your pantry. The sweet pineapple chunks and tangy teriyaki sauce make for the perfect combination, creating a unique flavor profile that will have you going back for seconds.

This dish is also versatile, making it great for a family dinner, entertaining guests, or even meal prep for the week. Additionally, the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled depending on your needs.

Don’t believe me? Try this recipe out for yourself and see how it elevates ordinary steak to the next level with its mouth-watering marinade and topping of juicy pineapple chunks. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

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Making a scrumptious pineapple teriyaki steak requires using the freshest and best quality ingredients. Fear not, your trip to the grocery store won’t be too complicated – most of the ingredients listed here are staples in your pantry. However, if you’re unable to find a particular ingredient, do not panic! I have provided some alternatives in the next section. Make sure you have these items on hand:

  • 2 lbs Angus beef flat iron steaks (you can also substitute with flank steak, skirt steak, or London broil)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks in juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp gingerroot – minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

The Recipe How-To

Before diving into the recipe, here are some important points to keep in mind:

Marinating time: This dish needs to marinate for at least 2 hours, but for best results, I recommend marinating the steak overnight.

Cooking steak: When cooking the teriyaki steak on the grill or in a pan, it’s important to cook it to your desired doneness. I find that medium-rare works best, but feel free to cook it longer if you prefer.

Now, onto the recipe!


Step 1: In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, grated gingerroot and minced garlic.

Step 2: Remove pineapple chunks from the can and set aside. Pour the juice from the canned pineapple into the bowl with soy sauce mixture and stir well.

Step 3: Add Angus beef flat iron steaks to a large ziplock bag and pour marinade over it. Seal the bag and shake gently until steak is coated in marinade. Place in refrigerator to marinate for at least two hours or overnight.

Step 4: (Grilling Method) Preheat grill to high heat (around 450°F). Remove steak from marinade and discard remaining marinade. Place steak on the grill and cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until your desired doneness is reached.

Step 4: (Pan-Frying Method) Heat up a large skillet over high heat. Add oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once hot, add steak and cook around 4 minutes on each side until desired doneness is reached.

Step5: While steak is cooking add reserved pineapple chunks along with diced peppers (optional). Cook until peppers are slightly tender.

In a separate pot form teriyaki sauce:

Combine pineapple juice along with soy sauce to make teriyaki sauce . Turn heat down to medium-low then add brown sugar, gingerroot minced garlic; stir constantly until brown sugar is dissolve. At this stage mix cornstarch with water then incorporate solution into teriyaki sauce. Add a few drops of sesame oil before removing from heat or set aside for later use.

Step6: Once cooked through take off the grill or remove from pan and slice against To serve steaks drizzle some teriy

Substitutions and Variations

“Sweet and savory collide in this mouth-watering dish!”

Looking to mix things up? Here are some substitutions and variations you can try with this Pineapple Teriyaki Steak recipe:

– Instead of beef, try using chicken, pork or shrimp for a different twist on the dish. You can marinate the proteins overnight in the same teriyaki marinade recipe for mouth-watering results.

– If you prefer a sweeter finish to your teriyaki sauce, then you can add more brown sugar or honey to the recipe for a caramelized flavour.

– If pineapple isn’t your thing, experiment by swapping it out with oranges, mangoes or even kiwis to add some bright acidity and tropical flare.

– Want to make it spicier? Add a dash of red pepper flakes, sriracha or hot sauce into your marinade for a spicy kick.

– To create teriyaki steak tips or shish kabobs, simply cut your marinated steak into bite-sized pieces before grilling. Then thread them onto skewers with chunks of pineapple and peppers for an easy dinner option perfect for sharing with friends and family.

– Vegetarians can get in on the fun as well! Substitute the meat with grilled halloumi cheese, portobello mushrooms, tofu, or any vegetable that grills well (such as zucchini, bell peppers or eggplant).

Just be sure to brush them with some of that delicious teriyaki marinade and cook until they develop those beautiful grill marks.

Now that you know how versatile this Pineapple Teriyaki Steak recipe can be, take these suggestions and run wild with them! It’s always exciting to experiment in the kitchen and discover new flavor combinations that you and your loved ones will thoroughly enjoy.

Serving and Pairing

“Grill to perfection and enjoy a hint of sweetness with every bite.”

Now that your mouth is watering and your teriyaki steak is cooked to perfection, it’s time to think about serving and pairing.

For an authentic taste of the Hawaiian islands, try serving your Pineapple Teriyaki Steak over a bed of white rice or alongside grilled pineapple rings. For a more Western twist, toss the steak with some steamed vegetables like carrots, onions, and broccoli, and plate on top of a baked potato.

This sweet and savory dish pairs well with light and refreshing beverages like pineapple juice or iced tea–the perfect complement to warm summer days. For those who prefer something a bit stronger, opt for a chilled glass of white wine like Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

And remember, the fun doesn’t have to stop once dinner is over! Save some leftovers for a tasty lunch the next day or repurpose for breakfast tacos by adding scrambled eggs, cilantro and tortillas. The possibilities are endless!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

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If you’re planning to wow your guests with this Pineapple Teriyaki Steak dish, then you might want to consider making it in advance. Marinade the steak tips in the teriyaki sauce overnight and then cook them a few hours before your guests arrive. This will help all of the flavors to soak into the meat and taste even better when it’s served.

If you have any leftover steak, which I doubt will happen by the way, store it properly to ensure its safekeeping. You can refrigerate it in a covered container for up to 3-5 days or freeze for up to 2-3 months. However, ensure that your fridge is at a temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer is set at zero degrees Fahrenheit.

If you made too much teriyaki sauce and pineapple chunks in juice, these items can be stored in separate containers or jars in the refrigerator for up to 7-10 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Simply reheat the sauce on low heat just enough to make it pourable, stirring regularly to avoid burning.

For reheating the cooked steak tips, remember that microwave ovens are not always precise and could lead to uneven heating. Using a stove grill pan or oven is a better option as it helps maintain the texture and flavor of the steak tips. Brush some olive oil on the tip of each steak tip and grill them over medium heat while brushing with some pineapple teriyaki sauce until they reach your desired temperature.

Now that you know how easy it is to store and reheat this delicious Pineapple Teriyaki Steak dish, there’s no need to worry about preparation time. Enjoy your leftover steak tips for lunch or dinner with your favorite side dish or simply make this recipe ahead of time for an easy weeknight dinner that tastes like gourmet cuisine.

Tips for Perfect Results

“The juicy tenderness of the steak pairs perfectly with the tangy pineapple flavor.”

When it comes to cooking steak, everyone has their own preferences in terms of cooking time, seasoning, and temperature. However, there are some tips and tricks that can transform your basic teriyaki steak into a mouth-watering, juicy and flavorful pineapple teriyaki steak.

Here are some essential tips to help you achieve perfect results every time:

First, make sure to marinate your steak for at least 24 hours before cooking. Marinating the meat helps to flavors permeate throughout the steak and tenderize it. You can use a pre-made teriyaki marinade or whip up your own using soy sauce, ginger root, garlic cloves, brown sugar, and pineapple juice.

Next, let the steak sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking. This allows the meat to cook more evenly and reduces the risk of it being overcooked on the outside and undercooked on the inside.

Another key tip is to brush the steak with olive oil or another high-temperature cooking oil before placing it on the barbecue or pan. This will help create a crisp and caramelized crust on the outside while keeping the inside moist.

If you’re using a grill, remember to preheat it for at least 10-15 minutes. This will ensure even heat distribution and prevent sticking.

When cooking the steak, use tongs instead of a fork to avoid piercing the meat as this can cause juices to escape and result in toughening of the meat fibers.

Finally, after taking out the cooked meat from heat source let it rest for five minutes before cutting into it. This allows juices redistribute making your steak succulent.

By following these tips you can ensure that your pineapple teriyaki steak impresses anyone’s taste buds.


Now that you know the ins and outs of this delicious Pineapple Teriyaki Steak recipe, you may have some questions that need answering. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below are some frequently asked questions about this recipe, along with their answers to ensure that you get perfect results every time.

How long can I marinate steak in pineapple juice?

To achieve the most succulent and delectable steak possible with the Pineapple Steak Marinade, it is highly recommended that the meat is marinated for a minimum of four hours. However, for the most superior outcome, marinating the steak in the refrigerator overnight is highly suggested.

Is it good to marinate meat in pineapple?

It is a well-known fact that pineapple is a delicious and refreshing fruit. But did you know that it has a special component called bromelain? This enzyme is responsible for tenderizing the meat by breaking down its tough muscle fibers. When bromelain reacts with the protein in the meat, it unlocks the potential to absorb more moisture, making it a popular choice for tenderizing. In fact, pineapple is widely recognized as one of the best natural meat tenderizers available.

How long to tenderize steak with pineapple?

For those who enjoy the taste of sweet pineapple, it’s recommended to leave the meat for a maximum of 24 hours to tenderize. However, if you only want to enhance the texture of the top round, it’s best to stop at 14 hours. Regardless of your preference, refrigerating the meat for a longer period of time will undoubtedly improve its quality, resulting in an affordable and delicious steak.

What is the best cut of meat for teriyaki?

When it comes to this recipe, there are a variety of cuts that can be used, including skirt, sirloin tip, brisket, and hanger. However, the most accessible and simplest to slice is the flank steak. This cut is characterized by its flat, elongated shape and prominent grain.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for pineapple teriyaki steak is a must-try for any BBQ enthusiast out there. It not only delivers a delicious and flavorful dish, but it also offers versatility and room for personalization. Whether you want to use flank steak or top round, angus beef or London broil, this recipe can be adapted to your preferences.

Moreover, the sweet and tangy taste of the pineapple combined with the savory soy sauce creates an unforgettable flavor that both adults and children will enjoy. You can serve it as a shish kabob, with rice and veggies on the side, or even add it to some pineapple chicken teriyaki for a true Hawaiian feast.

Lastly, with its simple ingredient list and straightforward instructions, anyone can make this dish at home without worrying about complicated techniques or fancy equipment. So why not give it a try and see for yourself how amazing this dish can be? Trust me; your guests will ask for seconds.

Pineapple Teriyaki Steak

Pineapple Teriyaki Steak Recipe

Really simple crock pot dinner! Serve with rice. 5 pts.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 207.5 kcal


  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks in juice, drained (save juice)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice, reserved
  • 1 teaspoon gingerroot, grated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • Cut meat into 1/8-inch slices and place in a slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, reserved pineapple juice, gingerroot, sugar oil and garlic.
  • Pour sauce mixture over meat. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 7 hours.
  • Turn control to HIGH. Stir in pineapple. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl; add to cooker.
  • Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened.



Serving: 156gCalories: 207.5kcalCarbohydrates: 14.7gProtein: 17.6gFat: 8.6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 712.5mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 9.3g
Keyword Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Meat, Steak
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