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How Many Tablespoons in a Cup, and Other Conversions

Updated February 18, 2020
Tablespoon conversions
Here’s the answer you’re looking for, in a super convenient chart format! Keep this conversion chart handy for any time you need to convert tablespoons, teaspoons and cups. Whether you need to split a recipe in half, double it or you’re just weirdly curious about conversions (hey, no judgements!), you’ll want to bookmark this page so that any adjustments you make to your recipes will turn out just right.

How Many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon?

There are three teaspoons in one tablespoon.

How Many Tablespoons in a Cup?

There are 16 tablespoons in one cup.

Quick-Reference Conversions

16 tablespoons = 1 cup
12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 2/3 cup
8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
6 tablespoons = 3/8 cup
5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 1/6 cup
1 tablespoon = 1/16 cup
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon

Conversion Guide

Keep this conversion chart handy so you’re never left guessing how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon or how many tablespoons are in a cup. Whether you bookmark it or print it out (click the Print button below!) it’s useful to have on hand when having to make adjustments to recipes.

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FAQ

Are Dry and Wet Measurements the Same?

Wet cups and dry cups are measured the same, as are wet and dry tablespoons and teaspoons. It’s important when measuring wet ingredients that you use a liquid measuring cup. While the amount you’re measuring is the same as if it were dry, a liquid measuring cup allows you to reach the measurement you want without having anything spill over.

Wet and dry ounces, however, are not the same. Ounces refer to the weight of an ingredient, meaning that it can vary from ingredient to ingredient.

How Do I Convert from Cups to Ounces?

You’re in luck—we have a handy chart for ounce conversions (https://www.tablespoon.com/posts/ounces-conversions) too!

My Recipe Calls for a Dash—How Much Is That?

Even though amounts like “dash,” “pinch” and “smidgen” sound like cute nicknames for the same thing, each term roughly equates to a common amount.

A pinch is roughly 1/8 of a teaspoon.
A dash is the liquid equivalent of a pinch, which equals about 1/8 of a teaspoon.
A smidgen is almost nothing, measuring to about 1/32 of a teaspoon.

Chances are you won’t be able to measure any of these exactly but having an idea of how much you’re aiming to add can be helpful in balancing flavor in your recipes.



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