HOW MANY OUNCES IN A CUP
- 1 cup equals 8 ounces, 16 tablespoons
- ¾ cup = 6 fluid ounces of volume, 12 tablespoons
- 1/2 cup = 4 oz. (or 8 tbsp)
- ¼ cup = 4 tbsp., 2 fl oz.
- One cup of dry flour weighs 4.5 ounces (measuring the dry weight of flour and dry ingredients)
It is important to know the difference between weight and volume measurements. For example, baking “4 ounces of flour” for a chocolate chip cookie recipe will yield different results than if you are making a margarita with 4 ounces of lime juice.
This is an easy tool that will help you make sense of measurements in cups versus ounces, and it’s helpful when I am hungry and want to double or quadruple any liquid. In recipes, dry ingredients are typically measured by weight and liquid measurements are usually made in volume.
This can make it confusing to keep track of the conversion between these different units of measurement when cooking. Liquid recipes often make use of the measurement “fluid ounces.” What is fluid and what isn’t varies by region, so it’s important to check your recipe.
EQUIPMENT FOR MEASURING
There are three tools needed for measuring dry and liquid ingredients.
- Granulated Measuring Cups: These cups are used for dry ingredients. Make sure to sift flours before using them, if needed. Flour packs are typically processed in facilities equipped with high-speed sorters, but settling occurs during shipment. When measuring dry ingredients, such as flour, in a recipe that calls for sifting and/or spooning the ingredient over the measuring device. For the best result, either shake the measuring cups or level with a flat butter knife. And never pack down flour.
- Measuring cups for liquid ingredients come in glass or plastic and indicate the measurement by volume of cups, ounces, and milliliters. I like using my large pyrex measuring cup as a bowl to mix up batter or soup that I’ve measured out. After I’m done mixing or pouring it into smaller containers, I store it again in the same.
- Measuring spoons are used for both tablespoons and teaspoons.
BUTTER AND COCONUT OIL
Many baking recipes use butter or oil, so how do we measure the amount of butter? Butter can come in sticks measuring ½ cup or 8 tablespoons, and be labeled with ¼ cup, ½ cup and tablespoon marks. If measuring butter or coconut oil in a liquid measure, pour it into a dry measuring cup first and pack with spoons until measurement is even across the top.
LIQUID FLUID OR VOLUME
Download this information as a printable measurement table 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
US STANDARD = METRIC (approximate)
- 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
8 ounces equals of how many cups?
There are 8 fluid ounces in a cup.
- 1 cup = 8 fl. oz.
- ¾ cup = 6 fl. oz.
- ½ cup = 4 fl. oz.
- ¼ cup = 2 fl. oz.
Is 4 ounces the same as 8 ounces?
It depends on the type of flour – a cup of dry flour is 4.5 oz and a cup of liquid is 8 fl ounces.
- Dry measurement by weight: 8 ounces= 1/2 pound= 225 grams
What is the equivalent amount of tablespoons and ounces?
One fluid ounce is roughly the equivalent of 2 tablespoons.
- 2 tablespoons = 1 fluid ounce = ⅛ cup = 6 teaspoons = 30 mL, 30 cc
QUESTION: How many ounces are in a shot?
There are 2 tablespoons in an ounce of alcohol. If you don’t have a shot glass, then measure out two tablespoons of the alcohol.