Our very best traditional homemade Loukoumades recipe (Greek donuts) for you to recreate these little bites of heaven from scratch!
Loukoumades recipe (Greek donuts) – A traditional Greek delicacy
Loukoumades are little bite-sized fluffy sweet honey balls (the Greek version of donuts), which are deep fried to golden and crispy perfection. Greek donuts (loukoumades) are traditionally served soaked in hot honey syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon and garnished with chopped walnuts or toasted sesame seeds. Simply irresistable! They are also the perfect dessert for a traditional Moussaka, a summery chicken souvlaki, a melt in the mouth lamb souvlaki and Greek Salad! Together with the traditional Greek Baklava and galaktoboureko they are my absolute favourite syrupy desserts!
For the chocolate lovers (like me!) go over the top and drizzle these delicious Greek donuts (loukoumades) with some rich chocolate sauce!
Loukoumades recipe (Greek donuts) – Tips
The perfect traditional loukoumades (Greek donuts) are crispy and golden on the outside and fluffy and airy in the inside. To achieve the perfect texture for your loukoumades give the dough time to rise and it will reward you with its distinctive air-y fluffiness.
When preparing this loukoumades recipe, the key is to use the right temperature. Always dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water and let the dough to rise in warm environment. If the room temperature is low, a little trick is to preheat the oven to 40-50 C, turn it off and place the dough in the warm oven.
Deep fry the loukoumades in hot oil. Make sure to fry them in batches, so that the surface off the pan is comfortably filled, otherwise the loukoumades will probably stick together and the temperature of the oil will decrease. You don’t want your loukoumades to become mushy and less crunchy on the outside.
So go ahead spoil yourself! Give this traditional Greek loukoumades recipe (lukumades) a try and enjoy with a full spoon of vanilla ice cream on top! (For a dairy free version of the traditional loukoumades recipe click here). Oh and you can always read this delicious recipe in Greek here Συνταγή Παραδοσιακοί λουκουμάδες με μέλι και καρύδι.
Similar recipes to try
If you love a traditional syrupy greek desert, the below recipes are made for you! Enjoy!
- Baklava Cheesecake
- Traditional Greek Baklava Recipe with Walnuts and Honey
- Greek baklava rolls recipe (Saragli)
- Chocolate Souffle in Baklava Pouches recipe
- Galaktoboureko with Kataifi (Greek Custard and shredded phyllo pie)
- Homemade Kataifi recipe
- Greek Ekmek Kataifi recipe (Custard and whipped cream pastry with syrup)
- Greek Yogurt Cake Soaked in Syrup Recipe (Yiaourtopita)
- Karidopita/Karithopita recipe (Greek Walnut Cake with Syrup)
- Greek Ravani / Revani recipe (Coconut cake with syrup)
- Traditional Greek Galaktoboureko recipe (Greek Custard Pie with Syrup)
- Orange cake with syrup – Portokalopita
- Samali – Semolina cake with mastic syrup
The very best traditional Loukoumades recipe (Greek donuts)! Loukoumades are little fluffy sweet honey balls, deep fried to golden and crispy perfection.
For the loukoumades
- 1 cup of lukewarm water (240g /8.5 oz.)
- 1 cup of lukewarm milk (240g/ 8.5 oz.)
- 15 g active dry yeast (0.5 oz.)
- 3 and 1/4 of a cup flour (450g /16 oz.)
- 2 tbsps sugar
- 1 flat tsp salt
- 4 tbsps olive oil
- vegetable oil for frying
- 3/4 cup honey (350g/ 13 oz.)
- cinnamon powder
- chopped walnuts
For the chocolate sauce
- 200g dark chocolate, chopped (7 ounces)
- 110ml water (4 fluid ounces)
- 75g caster sugar (3 ounces)
- To prepare this traditional loukoumades recipe, start by making the dough. In a bowl add the water, sugar and yeast. Stir with a whisk until the yeast dissolves completely and wait for 5 minutes. In a mixers bowl add the yeast mixture add the rest of the ingredients for the dough and whisk at high speed (for about 2 minutes) until the mixture becomes a smooth batter. (You could also use a hand whisk. Whisk until the mixture has no lumps).
- Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and let the dough rest in a warm place for at least 1 hour to rise.
- Into a medium sized frying pan pour enough vegetable oil to deep fry the loukoumades. Heat the oil on a medium heat until hot. Test if the oil is hot enough by dipping in some of the dough for the loukoumades. If it sizzles the oil is ready. A more accurate way is to use a kitchen thermometer and measure the oil to be at 160C / 320F.
- Dip a tablespoon in some oil, shake it a bit to remove any excess. It is best to dip the spoon in oil and not water. Dip your hand in the dough and using your palm, squeeze out a small portion of dough between your thumb and index finger, like you are making a fist. Using the spoon, grab the dough ball off your hand and let it drop in the hot oil. Repeat this procedure until the surface off the pan is comfortably filled. You should dip the spoon in the oil & shake off every time, so that the batter doesn’t stick on it.
- While the loukoumades are fried, use a slotted spoon to push them into the oil and turn them on all sides, until golden brown. Place the loukoumades on some kitchen paper to drain. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
- When done, place the loukoumades on kitchen paper to remove the excess oil. Then serve on a large platter, drizzle with the honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped walnuts.
- If you are in a mood for some chocolate, replace the honey with chocolate sauce. To prepare the chocolate sauce for the loukoumades, add in a saucepan the sugar and water and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously, until the sugar has dissolved. Add the chocolate (chopped) and whisk, until the chocolote has melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the warm chocolate over the loukoumades, sprinkle with some roughly chopped walnuts or almonds and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 89kcal
- Sugar: 6.6g
- Sodium: 43.9mg
- Fat: 3.7g
- Saturated Fat: 1.1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2.4g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 13g
- Fiber: 0.7g
- Protein: 1.5g
- Cholesterol: 0.5mg
Keywords: loukoumades, greek donuts, greek honey balls