Commonly Used Measurements and Conversions by Ingredients

What many cooks may not know is that “standard” measurements–cups, teaspoons, quarts–differ between countries. One cup in the United States is different than one cup in the United Kingdom or in Australia and New Zealand.

  • In the U.S., one cup (8 fluid ounces) = 237 milliliters
  • In the U.K., one cup = 227 milliliters, or .96 U.S. cups
  • In Australia, one cup = 250 milliliters

(Note that an Imperial Pint = 2.5 Imperial Cups, while in the U.S., a pint is only 2 cups).

 

Commonly Used Measurements & Equivalents

How many tablespoons are in a cup? Now you know.

1/2 teaspoon

=  30 drops

1 teaspoon

=  1/3 tablespoon or 60 drops

 

3 teaspoons

=  1 tablespoon or 1/2 fluid ounce

1/2 tablespoon

=  1 1/2 teaspoons

1 tablespoon

=  3 teaspoons or 1/2 fluid ounce

2 tablespoons

=  1/8 cup or 1 fluid ounce

3 tablespoons

=  1 1/2 fluid ounce or 1 jigger

4 tablespoons

=  1/4 cup or 2 fluid ounces

5 1/3 tablespoons

 =  1/3 cup or 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon

8 tablespoons

=  1/2 cup or 4 fluid ounces

10 2/3 tablespoons

=  2/3 cup or 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

12 tablespoons

=  3/4 cup or 6 fluid ounces

16 tablespoons

=  1 cup or 8 fluid ounces or 1/2 pint

1/8 cup

=  2 tablespoons or 1 fluid ounce

1/4 cup

=  4 tablespoons or 2 fluid ounces

1/3 cup

=  5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon

3/8 cup

=  1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons

1/2 cup

=  8 tablespoons or 4 fluid ounces

2/3 cup

=  10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

5/8 cup

=  1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons

3/4 cup

=  12 tablespoons or 6 fluid ounces

7/8 cup

=  3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons

1 cup

=  16 tablespoons or 1/2 pint or 8 fluid ounces

2 cups

=  1 pint or 16 fluid ounces

1 pint

=  2 cups or 16 fluid ounces

1 quart

=  2 pints or 4 cups or 32 fluid ounces

1 gallon

=  4 quarts or 8 pints or 16 cups or 128 fluid ounces

 

Butter

If you know a cup of butter weighs 8 ounces, you could do the math yourself:

1 ounce = 28.34 grams, so one cup of butter weighs 227 grams.
1/4 cup of butter = 57 g
1/3 cup of butter = 76 g
1/2 cup of butter = 113 g

Dry Goods

All-Purpose Flour and Confectioners’ Sugar

Cups  Grams  Ounces
 1/8 cup
(2 Tablespoons)
 16 g  .563 oz
 1/4 cup  32 g  1.13 oz
 1/3 cup  43 g  1.5 oz
 1/2 cup  64 g  2.25 oz
 2/3 cup  85 g  3 oz
 3/4 cup  96 g  3.38 oz
 1 cup  128 g  4.5 oz

Bread Flour

 Cups  Grams  Ounces
1/4 cup  34 g  1.2 oz
1/3 cup  45 g  1.6 oz
1/2 cup  68 g  2.4 oz
1 cup  136 g  4.8 oz

Rolled Oats

 Cups  Grams  Ounces
 1/4 c  21 g  .75 oz
 1/3 c  28 g  1 oz
 1/2 c  43 g  1.5 oz
 1 c  85 g  3 oz

White Sugar (Granulated)

 Cups  Grams  Ounces
 2 Tbsp  25 g  .89 oz
 1/4 cup  50 g  1.78 oz
 1/3 cup  67 g  2.37 oz
 1/2 cup  100 g  3.55 oz
 2/3 cup  134 g  4.73 oz
 3/4 cup  150 g  5.3 oz
 1 cup  201 g  7.1 oz

Packed Brown Sugar

 Cups  Grams  Ounces
 1/4 c  55 g  1.9 oz
 1/3 c  73 g  2.58 oz
 1/2 c  110 g  3.88 oz
 1 c  220 g  7.75 oz

Honey, Molasses & Syrup

 Cups  Grams  Ounces
 2 Tbsp  43 g  1.5 oz
 1/4 c  85 g  3 oz
 1/3 c  113 g  4 oz
 1/2 c  170 g  6 oz
 2/3 c  227 g  8 oz
 3/4 c  255 g  9 oz
 1 c  340 g  12 oz

Dry Goods

All-Purpose Flour: 1 cup = 4.5 oz
Bread Flour: 1 cup = 4.8 oz
Cake Flour: 1 cup = 3.9 oz
Pastry Flour: 1 cup = 4.25 oz
Whole Wheat Flour: 1 cup = 4.25
Cornmeal, coarse: 1 cup = 4.85 oz
Cornmeal, fine: 1 cup = 6.3 oz
Oats, rolled: 1 cup = 3 oz
Walnuts, chopped: 1 cup = 4.3 oz
Walnut/pecan halves: 1 cup = 3.5 oz
Coconut, dry shredded: 1 cup = 2.5 oz
Chocolate Chips: 1 cup = 5.35 oz

Eggs and Dairy

Egg: one large egg = 1.7 oz
Egg Yolk: one egg yolk = .7 oz
Butter: 1 cup = 8 oz
Milk: 1 cup = 8 oz.
Heavy Cream: 1 cup = 8.4 oz
Cream Cheese: 1 cup = 8.2 oz
Sour Cream/Yogurt: 1 cup = 8.6 oz

 

Sugars, Syrups and Oils

Granulated Sugar: 1 cup = 7.1 oz
Brown Sugar, packed: 1 cup = 7.75 oz
Powdered Sugar, sifted: 1 cup = 3.6 oz
Powdered Sugar, unsifted: 1 cup = 4.4
Corn Syrup: 1 cup = 11.5 oz
Honey: 1 cup = 12 oz
Molasses: 1 cup = 11.6 oz
Vegetable Oil: 1 cup = 7.7 oz
Solid Shortening: 1 cup =7.25 oz