Tonight on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy featured a local Houston favorite Niko Niko’s.  This AMAZING Greek restaurant is known for many things, the gyro’s the line out the door, and now the Loukoumades. 

Guy was amazed at the bite size Greek “donuts” if you will.  Made of flour, sugar (amazingly less than I would assume), lemon juice and yeast these greek balls have to rise for about thirty minutes.  While the dough was rising, Chef Dimitrios Fetokakis of Niko Niko’s moved  on to the sauce which consisted of water, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice.  This was heated for about an hour and right before it was done a large amount of honey was added.  When the dough was ready the chef used some really technical machine, probably only used to make Loukoumades (so don’t go out and get one today, probably too much money and useless to you) that dropped little dough balls into some scorching hot grease.  As soon as they puffed up he transferred them to the bowl of honey sauce.  After 30 seconds or so, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, they are ready to eat.  Guy bit in to find a lovely “pop” and the honey sauce on the inside!  AMAZING. 

Here is Guy’s recipe from the Food Network, and if you haven’t seen Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives you should check it out and of course go to Niko Niko’s ASAP.  The lemon chicken and rice soup makes for a great lunch and the Loukoumades are cheap and clearly worth a try!

Guy’s Honey Ballz: Loukomades

Recipe courtesy of Dimitrios Fetokakis, owner of Niko Nikos, in Houston, TX.

Prep Time:

15 min

Inactive Prep Time:

1 hr 30 min

Cook Time:

1 hr 10 min

8 servings



  • 3 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 2 cups water (80 degrees F)
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Honey Sauce:

  • 2 cups water
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced
  • 1-ounce honey


  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


For the dough: Combine all the dough ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined. Transfer the dough to another large oiled mixing bowl. Cover and let the rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

For the honey sauce: In medium pot, bring the water to a boil over medium heat and add the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Simmer the mixture for 45 minutes, then add the honey and cook for 5 more minutes. Set aside until ready to use.

For the topping: Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and reserve.

Heat a few inches of oil in a deep-fryer over high heat.

Use a tablespoon to form 1/2-inch diameter balls of dough.

Add the dough balls to the deep-fryer and fry until cooked through and golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Transfer the fried dough balls to a serving platter. Drizzle with honey sauce and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.