How Many Tablespoons in a Cup, and Other Conversions
How Many Tablespoons in a Cup,
and Other Conversions
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.
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
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.
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.
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.