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HOW MANY OUNCES IN A CUP: LIQUID AND DRY CONVERSIONS

HOW MANY OUNCES IN A CUP: LIQUID AND DRY CONVERSIONS


Need an instant calculation for how many ounces are in a cup? Want to convert tablespoons into cups? Know the difference between fluid ounces and dry ounces? Here is the ultimate quick guide and measurement chart for working with recipes using both the metric and imperial system.

Wondering how many ounces in a cup? Or converting tablespoons and teaspoons to cups and fluid ounces versus dry ounces? Use this handy measurement chart for cooking recipes. It is your quick guide to liquid measurements and dry measurement conversions.


HOW MANY OUNCES IN A CUP
  • 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces, 16 tablespoons
  • ¾ cup = 6 fluid ounces, 12 tablespoons
  • ½ cup = 4 fluid ounces, 8 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup = 2 fluid ounces, 4 tablespoons
  • 1 cup = 4.5 dry weight ounces (dry weight is measuring flour and dry ingredients)
Not all measurements are created equal. Measuring 4 ounces of lime juice for a margarita recipe is much different than measuring 4 ounces of flour for chocolate chip cookies. 

Or perhaps there are those times we are wondering how many ounces is in a cup of coffee? This is a handy tool for questions like that – and moments when I’m making fresh pressed celery juice in a blender and I want to double or quadruple any liquids. 

Liquid and dry ingredients measure differently as dry ingredients typically measure by weight when recipes ask for them in ounces or grams. Liquid on the other hand measures by fluid ounces. 

There is a big difference between fluid ounces and dry ounces so always check your recipe.

EQUIPMENT FOR MEASURING

There are three different tools needed for measuring dry and liquid ingredients.

  • Granulated Measuring Cups are used for dry ingredients as they can be leveled off for an exact measurement. Make sure to sift flours as needed before using for the best measurement. Flour is already sifted before it is packaged, but it tends to settle during shipping and may become compact. I don’t always add that step in my recipes since most flours are already sifted before they are packaged, but for the best results make sure to sift it first then measure. Either shake on the measuring cup or level off with the flat part of a butter knife for an accurate result, and make sure to never pack down flour.
  • Liquid Measuring Cups are used for fluid and liquid ingredients. They come in glass or plastic and indicates cups, ounces, and milliliters. I love to use my large pyrex one as a mixing bowl or for measuring the amount of soup a recipe makes and then store it in the same container.
  • Measuring Spoons are used for tablespoons and teaspoons.
BUTTER AND COCONUT OIL
Many baking recipes use coconut oil or butter, so how do we properly measure butter and oil? Butter is typically found in ½ cup sticks or 8 tablespoons, and if made in the United States, the packaging is labeled with ¼ cup, ½ cup, and tablespoon marks. 

Pack butter or coconut oil in a measuring cup with a spoon and level it off to measure properly. If using melted coconut oil, make sure to measure it with a liquid measuring cup.
LIQUID FLUID OR VOLUME
Get this information as a free printable ounces to cups chart here.
US STANDARD = METRIC (approximate)
  • 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, 15 cc
  • 2 tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce = ⅛ cup, 6 teaspoons = 30 mL, 30 cc
  • ¼ cup = 2 fluid ounces = 4 tablespoons = 59 mL
  • ⅓ cup = 2 ⅔ fluid ounces = 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 79 mL
  • ½ cup = 4 fluid ounces = 8 tablespoons = 118 mL
  • ⅔ cup = 5 ⅓ fluid ounces = 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 158 mL
  • ¾ cup = 6 fluid ounces = 12 tablespoons = 177 mL
  • 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces = ½ pint = 16 tablespoons = 237 mL
  • 1 ½ cups = 12 fluid ounces = 24 tablespoons = 355 mL
  • 2 cups = 16 fluid ounces = 1 pint = 32 tablespoons = 473 mL
  • 3 cups = 700 mL
  • 4 cups = 32 fluid ounces = 1 quart = 946 ml = 1 L
  • 8 cups = ½ gallon = 2 L
  • 1 gallon = 128 fluid ounces = 8 pints = 4 quarts = 3785 ml = 4 L
HOW MANY OUNCES IN A CUP: LIQUID AND DRY CONVERSIONS



DRY WEIGHT
  • ½ ounce = 15 grams
  • 1 ounce = 30 grams
  • 2 ounces = 60 grams
  • 3 ounces = 85 grams
  • 4 ounces = ¼ pound = 115 grams
  • 8 ounces = ½ pound = 225 grams
  • 12 ounces = ¾ pound = 340 grams
  • 16 ounces = 1 pound = 455 grams
HOW MANY CUPS IS 8 OUNCES?
  • 1 cup = 8 fl. oz.
  • ¾ cup = 6 fl. oz.
  • ½ cup = 4 fl. oz.
  • ¼ cup = 2 fl. oz.
DOES 4 OR 8 OUNCES EQUAL 1 CUP?
  • Dry measurement by weight: 8 ounces = ½ pound = 225 grams
DOES 2 TABLESPOONS EQUAL 1 OUNCE?
  • 2 tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce = ⅛ cup = 6 teaspoons = 30 mL, 30 cc
HOW MANY OUNCES IS A SHOT?

US STANDARD = METRIC (approximate)

There are 8 fluid ounces per cup.

It depends if it is liquid or dry ingredients. A cup of dry flour is 4.5 oz. and a cup of liquid is 8 fl. oz.

One fluid ounce is equal to 2 tablespoons.

There are 2 tablespoons in a 1 ounce shot. So if you are referring to a cocktail, and do not have a shot glass around, then measure two tablespoons of the alcohol.

How many dry ounces are in a cup?

Unlike liquid ingredients, a cup of a dry ingredient will contain different ounces. The measurement with dry ingredients directly depends on the type of the ingredient. Here are some examples of common ingredients and how much they differ-

  • 1 cup of fresh parsley = 1 ounce 
  • 1 cup of flour = 4 ¼ ounces 
  • Air popped popcorn = 3 ounces 
  • Chocolate chips = 6 ounces 

Liquid fluid or volume (Liquid vs dry measuring cups)

The measurements for liquid fluid and volume differ. Here is a handy comparison below-

For liquid fluid 

US Standard = Metric (approximate)

  • ⅛ teaspoon = 0.5 mL
  • ¼ teaspoon = 1.2 mL
  • ½ teaspoon = 2.5 mL
  • ¾ teaspoon = 3.7 mL
  • 1 teaspoon =  tablespoon = 5 mL
  • 1 tablespoon = ½ fluid ounce = 3 teaspoons = 15 mL, 15 cc
  • 2 tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce = ⅛ cup, 6 teaspoons = 30 mL, 30 cc
  • ¼ cup = 2 fluid ounces = 4 tablespoons = 59 mL
  •  cup = 2  fluid ounces = 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 79 mL
  • ½ cup = 4 fluid ounces = 8 tablespoons = 118 mL
  •  cup = 5  fluid ounces = 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 158 mL
  • ¾ cup = 6 fluid ounces = 12 tablespoons = 177 mL
  • 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces = ½ pint = 16 tablespoons = 237 mL
  • 1 ½ cups = 12 fluid ounces = 24 tablespoons = 355 mL
  • 2 cups = 16 fluid ounces = 1 pint = 32 tablespoons = 473 mL
  • 3 cups = 700 mL
  • 4 cups = 32 fluid ounces = 1 quart = 946 ml = 1 L
  • 8 cups = ½ gallon = 2 L
  • 1 gallon = 128 fluid ounces = 8 pints = 4 quarts = 3785 ml = 4 L

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