Have you ever been in the middle of cooking a recipe and realized that you don't know how to convert different units of measurement? In this article we'll demystify measurements once and for all - starting with one of the most common conversions: how many ounces in a cup? The answer? It depends. Are you measuring dry ingredients or fluid ounces? Are you using American measuring cups vs British vs Australian measuring cups?
It's confusing right?
There are a lot of recipes sites out there and it's difficult when they use different measuring systems. Some use the imperial system and others use the metric system. Also the US Cup is different than the Imperial System Cup because we just love to do our own thing....yikes.
Did you know that 1 US Cup and 1 UK Cup are totally different? Did you know the the "Metric Cup" is now mostly defunct but it was different from both of the above measurements? I didnt until I started this website.
I get questions about weight and measurement a lot in my Keto Almond Yeast Bread Recipe so I thought this would help.
In this post we'll go over how to convert both systems and there are conversion charts further down to help.
After reading, it'll be a piece of cake.
But, if you are just here to find out how many ounces in a cup or the conversion chart...scroll on by and get it. I won't force a whole cooking lesson on ya. (Psst, it'll make it easier if you understand a few basics though).
Liquid and Dry Ingredients:
Liquid and dry ingredients are different because liquid ingredients are more dense than dry ingredients, meaning that a liquid measurement will always be a larger (heavier) quantity than the same volume of dry weight. Think of it like this, the dry weight of a cup of cereal is always less than a cup of cereal with milk added. Liquid ingredients always weigh more but take up less space than dry weight.
In other words, liquid is calculated by volume and dry ingredients are usually calculated by weight.
For example, one tablespoon of liquid (such as water) is equal to three teaspoons, while one tablespoon of a dry ingredient (such as sugar) is equal to only two teaspoons. Because liquid ingredients are denser than dry ingredients, liquid will usually weigh more than the same volume of a dry ingredient. That is why dry and liquid measurements are not interchangeable in baking recipes.
But here in the US, we MOSTLY cook and bake using measuring cups and spoons instead of scales. So asking, how many ounces in a cup is dependent on what is being measured.
Knowing the difference between dry and liquid measuring is essential for making sure that your recipes turn out just the way you want them to. By understanding the difference between liquid and dry measurements, you can make sure that your ingredients are measured properly and produce consistent results every time!
Now that you know why liquid and dry measurements are different, it's time to dive into how many ounces in a cup! With this knowledge, you'll be able to measure liquid ingredients and dry ingredients correctly and make sure that your recipes turn out perfectly every time. So let's get started!
Liquid Measuring Cup
Liquid measuring cups are designed for measuring liquid ingredients and other liquid mixtures. These cups usually come with a pouring spout for ease and markings on the side to indicate measurements in ounces, milliliters, or liters.
Some liquid measuring cups can also be used to measure both fluid ounces and dry ingredients like flour and sugar, as they have a dry ingredients measurement line marking different volumes of these ingredients.
The liquid measuring cup is an essential tool used in many cooking and baking recipes, as it ensures accuracy when baking. It also allows for easy conversions between dry and liquid if needed. With its versatility and convenience, the liquid measuring cups are a must-have item for any home cook.
How many fluid ounces in a cup - Liquid Measurements:
Since I am based in the US I will be talking about a US Cup here. There are 8 fluid ounces in a cup. And it makes it easy if you can remember the simple formula that 2 tablespoons equal 1 ounce.
|US Cups 🇺🇸||Fluid Ounces💧||Tablespoons🥄||Teaspoons🥣|
|¼ Cup||2 Fluid Ounces||4 Tablespoons||12 Teaspoons|
|½ Cup||4 Fluid Ounces||8 Tablespoons||24 Teaspoons|
|¾ Cup||6 Fluid Ounces||12 Tablespoons||36 Teaspoons|
|1 Cup||8 Fluid Ounces||16 Tablespoons||48 Teaspoons|
- ⅛ Cup = 1 fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons = 6 teaspoons
- ¼ Cup = 2 Fluid Ounces = 4 Tablespoons= 12 Teaspoons
- ½ Cup = 4 Fluid Ounces = 8 Tablespoons = 24 Teaspoons
- ¾ Cup = 6 Fluid Ounces= 12 Tablespoons = 36 Teaspoons
- 1 Cup= 8 Fluid Ounces = 16 Tablespoons = 48 Teaspoons
US Cups to Metric Fluid Measurement Conversion Chart:
If you remember 2 tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce you'll be set.
|⅛ cup||1 fl oz||30 ml||2 Tablespoons|
|¼ cup||2 fl oz||59 ml||4 Tablespoons|
|⅓ cup||2.66 fl oz||79 ml||5.33 Tablespoons|
|½ cup||4 fl oz||118 ml||8 Tablespoons|
|⅔ cup||5.33 fl oz||158 ml||10.66 Tablespoons|
|¾ cup||6 fl oz||177||12|
|1 cup||8 fl oz||236.5 ml||16 Tablespoons|
|2 cups||16 fl oz||473 ml||32 Tablespoons|
|4 cups||32 fl oz||.94 liter||64 Tablespoons|
|8 cups||64 fl oz||1.89 liters||128 Tablespoons|
|16 cups (1 Gallon)||128 fl oz||3.78 liters||256 Tablespoons|
- ⅛ cup= 1 fl oz = 2 tablespoons = 30 ml
- ¼ cup = 2 fl oz = 4 tablespoons = 59 ml
- ⅓ cup = 2.66 fl oz = 5.33 tablespoons = 79 ml
- ½ cup = 4 fl oz = 8 tablespoons = 118 ml
- ⅔ cup = 5.33 fl oz = 10.66 tablespoons = 158 ml
- ¾ cup = 6 fluid ounces = 12 tablespoons = 177 ml
- 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces = ½ pint = 16 tablespoons = 237 ml
- 2 cups = 16 fluid ounces = 1 pint = 32 tablespoons = 473 ml
- 4 cups = 32 fluid ounces = 1 quart = 946 ml = .94 liter
- 8 cups = ½ gallon = 189 liters
- 16 cups = 1 gallon = 128 fluid ounces = 3.78 liters
Dry Measuring Cups:
A dry measuring cup measures volume solid ingredients such as flour, sugar, and nuts. It is typically made of metal or plastic and has marked measurements on the side. Unlike liquid measuring cups which are filled up to the desired measurement line, measuring cups for dry ingredient should be filled to overflowing and then leveled off with a spatula for accuracy.
The proper way to do this is to spoon the ingredient into your measuring cup and then level it off.
You shouldn't just scoop the ingredients out out the bag, box or tin with the measuring cup if you are baking and trying to be very precise.
How Many Ounces in a Cup- Dry Ingredients:
Well that depends on what you are measuring. Cups to ounces can vary greatly. For instance, 4 ounces of almonds will have a different volume than 4 ounces of almond flour.
See it in action:
|1 US Cup||Ounces||Grams|
|Almond Flour||3 ⅜||96|
|Packed Brown Sugar||7 ½||213|
|Large Coconut Flakes||2 ⅛||60|
- 1 cup of whole almonds = 5 dry ounces in a cup = 142 grams
- 1 cup of flour (almond) = 3 ⅜ dry ounces in a cup = 96 grams
- 1 Cup packed brown sugar = 7 ½ dry ounces in a cup = 213 grams
- 1 cup large coconut flakes = 2 ⅛ dry ounces in a cup = 60 grams
US and Metric Dry Conversion Chart:
|¼ Ounce||7g||.02 lb|
|½ Ounce||14.17g||.03 lb|
|¾ Ounce||21g||.05 lb|
|1 Ounce||28g||.06 lb|
|2 Ounces||57g||.13 lb|
|3 Ounces||85g||.18 lb|
|4 Ounces||113g||.25 lb|
|5 Ounces||142g||.31 lb|
|6 Ounces||170g||.38 lb|
|8 Ounces||227g||.5 lb|
|12 Ounces||340g.||.75 lb|
|16 Ounces||454g||1 lb|
- ¼ Ounce = 7g = .02 lb
- ½ Ounce = 14.17g = .03 lb
- ¾ Ounce = 21g .05 lb
- 1 Ounce = 28g = .06 lb
- 2 Ounces = 57g = .13 lb
- 3 Ounces = 85g = .18 lb
- 4 Ounces = 113g = .25 lb
- 5 Ounces = 142g = .31 lb
- 6 Ounces = 170g = .38 lb
- 8 Ounces = 227g = .5 lb
- 12 Ounces = 340. = .75 lb
- 16 Ounces = 454g = 1 lb
Measuring Tablespoons and Teaspoons:
The Metric System and Imperial System tablespoons are slightly different in that Imperial tablespoons measure slightly less than metric measuring spoons. They are used to measure both wet and dry ingredients.
An Imperial tablespoon holds roughly 14.8 milliliters (ml) of a liquid, while a metric measuring spoon is 15 ml.
But, an imperial tablespoon= 3 teaspoons (which are the same in both metric and imperial.)
|1/16 Teaspoon||.30 ml|
|⅛ Teaspoon||.61 ml|
|¼ Teaspoon||1.23 ml|
|½ Teaspoon||2.46 ml|
|¾ Teaspoon||3.69 ml|
|1 Teaspoon||5 ml|
|3 Teaspoons||1 Tablespoon|
- ⅛ teaspoon = 0.5 ml
- ¼ teaspoon = 1.2 ml
- ½ teaspoon = 2.5 ml
- ¾ teaspoon = 3.7 ml
- 1 teaspoon = ⅓ tablespoon = 5 ml
- 1 tablespoon = ½ fluid ounce = 3 teaspoons = 15 ml
- 2 tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce = 6 teaspoons = 30 ml
- 4 tablespoons = 2 liquid ounces = 12 teaspoons = 59 ml
- 8 tablespoons = 4 liquid ounces = 24 teaspoons = 118 ml
How do you measure butter?
Butter isn't normally measured in it's liquid state but it isn't dry either. Still, it's measured in fluid ounces and 1 cup of butter = 8 ounces.
I have a lot of recipes that contain butter and since there are different measurement systems being used by my readers, this one comes up a lot. One poor soul was frustrated and asked how the heck do you measure solid butter by the tablespoon?
Here in the US, our butter comes in ½ cup (4 ounces) portions with lines on the package so we can easily cut off as many tablespoons as we need.
- ¼ cup = 2 fluid ounces = 4 tablespoons = ½ stick of butter
- ½ cup = 4 fluid ounces = 8 tablespoons = 1 stick of butter
- 1 cup = 8 ounces = 16 tablespoons = 2 sticks of butter
But don't think this applies to all "butters". Nut butter weighs in at about 9.5 ounces per cup. You can use this handy tool to find the weight and volumes tons of different ingredients.
Measuring ingredients perfectly is essential when it comes to baking. If measuring spoons and measuring cups are used incorrectly, the results could yield unexpected results.
When answering how many ounces in a cup it's important to know what is being measured and where. In the US System there are 8 fl oz in 1 cup. The Imperial System (UK) has 9.6 fluid ounces in 1 cup. The metric system uses milliliters. In this case 8 fl oz = 284 ml.
Yes and no. If you are measuring liquid such as a cup of water, 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces. This only applies to the United States. A UK cup is larger and a cup of water = 9.6 fl oz.(Approximately) If you are referring to dry ingredients like chocolate chips or a cup of flour, 1 cup does not equal 8 ounces.
You can only answer this question if it's framed by how many "fluid ounces" are in a solid cup. A solid cup = 8 fluid ounces in the US System. This means that there are 8 fl oz of liquid in 1 cup. It can be helpful to remember that there are 16 tablespoons in one cup and 2 tablespoons per ounce. How many ounces in a cup depends on what you measure. Liquid and dry foods weigh different amounts.
Yes, if you are measuring liquid, 4 ounces equal half a cup. However, if you are measuring solid ingredients like flour or sugar, 4 ounces is not necessarily equal to half a cup. It's important to always use the correct measuring tools for each ingredient when baking and cooking. Otherwise, your recipes may turn out differently than expected.
When measuring dry ingredients like flour or sugar, a cup equals about 4.5 - 5 ounces. So the answer to how many cups is 8 oz dry really depends on what the ingredient is! For instance 1 cup of chocolate chips, coconut chips and Parmesan cheese would be different volumes for the same amount of ounces.
2 tablespoons equal 1 fluid ounce = 6 teaspoons = 30 ml. There are 8 ounces in 1 cup of liquid (US System).
A shot is usually 1.5 fl oz. And 2 fluid ounces (4 tablespoons), is a double shot . "Neat" is also 2 fl oz but in a highball glass. A double "neat" is 4 fluid ounces (8 tablespoons). When you hear "give me a double", this is what it usually refers to. To make it easy, ¼ cup = 2 fluid ounces and ½ cup = 4 ounces.
The abbreviation for a dry ounce measurement is "oz". "Ounces oz" is referring to dry ingredients. A fluid ounce is abbreviated "fl oz" and refers to volume. The abbreviation "oz" stems from the Roman measurement uncia.
Typically, one cup = 8 fluid ounces. But it depends on what size coffee cup you are being served in. In the US, 8 ounces equal one legal cup. Most restaurants serve portions of 6-8 oz in a customary cup of coffee, unless you're at Starbucks where you can get any size you like.
There are 8 ounces in 1 cup of butter (US legal cup).
There are aprx 4.4 ounces in 1 cup of flour if it has been spooned in and the excess has been leveled off with the flat edge of a butter knife.
A standard US cup is 8 Fluid ounces. A 16 oz glass holds two cups of liquid.
No. Only the United States recognizes the US legal cup as being 8 fluid ounces. Canada, Australia, The UK , Europe and the rest of the world all use a combination of different measurements for 1 cup.
You can only measure 8 fl oz without a scale. 8 fluid ounces is 16 tablespoons.
A cup of shredded cheese weighs between 3.5 and 4 ounces.
There are 2.66 fluid ounces in ⅓ cup. (US Legal).
Different types of rice weighs different amounts. But, a cup of cooked rice generally weighs between 6-8 ounces.
Please leave any questions or comments below and I'll be happy to help. Cheers!