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Cups to Tablespoons: How Many Tablespoons in a Cup?

Convert between cups and tablespoons for different cup and tablespoon sizes from around the world.

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How many tablespoons are in a cup?

There are 16 tablespoons in one cup. 1/2 cup is equal to 8 tablespoons and 1/4 cup is equal to 4 tablespoons. This assumes that your cup and tablespoon measurements are from the same country.

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

It's worth noting that usage of the cup in modern recipes is mostly confined to the United States and Canada. The cup hasn't been used as a standard measurement in British recipes since the 1960s. That said, it is still possible to come across a modern recipe that references a cup of flour, sugar or other ingredient. And the fact that we're all online these days means your recipe could come from anywhere!

Cups and tablespoons reference chart

To make things simple, I've created a reference chart for converting one cup, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, etc, to tablespoons (and teaspoons) and converting the other way: tablespoons to cups. Please feel free to bookmark it or print it, to keep it handy.

Cups to tablespoons conversion chart

Different cup and tablespoon sizes

When you consider all the different variations of cups and tablespoons, converting between them might seem a confusing experience. That's why we created a cups and tablespoons converter for you. You can read all about the variations in cups and tablespoons in our article about cup and tablespoon sizes from around the world. Here are the different sizes in an easy reference table. Note that you can convert cups and pints here.

Recipe Country mL US tablespoons (14.79ml) Metric tablespoons (15ml) UK imperial tablespoons (17.76ml)
US Customary Cup (recipes) 236.59 16 15.77 13.32
US Legal Cup (nutrition) 240 16.23 16 13.51
UK Metric Cup 250 16.91 16.67 14.08
UK Imperial Cup (old recipes) 284.13 19.22 18.94 16
Australian Cup 250 16.91 16.67 14.08
Canadian Cup 250 16.91 16.67 14.08
South African Cup 250 16.91 16.67 14.08

For any help with converting between cups, teaspoons, grams, etc, give our cooking converter a try.