Houghton capped a fine season by being named as the Super League Steve Prescott Man of Steel for 2016 on Monday evening.
“He’s an unbelievable player,” Minichiello told Love Rugby League.
“He’s a player that I didn’t know much about when I came to Hull, but I certainly know a lot about him now!
“He’s the best hooker I’ve ever played with.
“I’ve got all the admiration for him and what he does, week-in, week-out, 80 minutes every single week.
“He’s a tough kid and I love playing with him.”