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US - Metric Cooking Measurement Conversions

Some handy kitchen knowledge

Even if you have all the right measuring tools, a lot of people can have difficulty using the right cooking measurements. Our cheat sheet below shows measuring equivalents for teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints, fluid ounces, and more. This page also includes the conversions for metric and U.S. systems of measurement.

For more conversions, including Fahrenheit to Celsius temperature conversions, try out the Infoplease.com conversion calculator.

1 tablespoon (tbsp) =3 teaspoons (tsp)
1/16 cup =1 tablespoon
1/8 cup =2 tablespoons
1/6 cup =2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
1/4 cup =4 tablespoons
1/3 cup =5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon
3/8 cup =6 tablespoons
1/2 cup =8 tablespoons
2/3 cup =10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
3/4 cup =12 tablespoons
1 cup =48 teaspoons
1 cup =16 tablespoons
8 fluid ounces (fl oz) =1 cup
1 pint (pt) =2 cups
1 quart (qt) =2 pints
4 cups =1 quart
1 gallon (gal) =4 quarts
16 ounces (oz) =1 pound (lb)
1 milliliter (ml) =1 cubic centimeter (cc)
1 inch (in) =2.54 centimeters (cm)
Source: United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA).

Note: US cups are typically used as a kitchen measurement for both liquid ingredients and dry ingredients. Conversely, ounces are a weight measurement while fluid ounces are a volume measurement. To make things more confusing, although most recipes use cups for liquid measurements, most commercial products use fluid ounces.

U.S. to Metric

One important thing to note with these cooking measurement conversions is that they directly translate imperial measurements to their metric counterparts. But, it's common in recipes using the metric system to use weight measurements for dry ingredients instead of volumetric ones. If you don't have a kitchen scale handy, you might have to be a bit clever with your measuring cups.

CAPACITYWEIGHT
1/5 teaspoon1 milliliter1 oz28 grams
1 teaspoon5 ml1 pound454 grams
1 tablespoon15 ml
1 fluid oz30 ml
1/5 cup47 ml
1 cup237 ml
2 cups (1 pint)473 ml
4 cups (1 quart).95 liter
4 quarts (1 gal.)3.8 liters

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Metric to U.S.

CAPACITYWEIGHT
1 milliliter1/5 teaspoon1 gram.035 ounce
5 ml1 teaspoon100 grams3.5 ounces
15 ml1 tablespoon500 grams1.10 pounds
100 ml3.4 fluid oz1 kilogram2.205 pounds
= 35 ounces
240 ml1 cup
1 liter34 fluid oz
= 4.2 cups
= 2.1 pints
= 1.06 quarts
= 0.26 gallon

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