How to Convert Liquid Measurements

Using correct measurements is one the simplest keys to recipe success. We'll show you how to convert liquid measurements and how to measure liquids correctly.


To measure liquids, you will need a set of liquid measuring cups and a set of measuring spoons.

-- Measuring cups are made of clear glass or plastic and hold 1, 2, 4, or 8 cups of liquid. They have incremental markings on the outside and a handle and spout for easy pouring.

-- Nested measuring spoons commonly come in sets that measure 1/4, 1/2, and 1 teaspoon, plus 1 tablespoon. They may be used for both dry and liquid ingredients.

Tip: Avoid using dry-ingredient measuring cups to measure liquid because the meniscus on the liquid can cause inaccurate measurements.

How to Measure Correctly

To measure liquids, pour the liquid into a liquid measuring cup set on a level surface.

To confirm the measurement, bend down so your eyes are level with the markings on the side of the cup.

When measuring 1 tablespoon or less, fill the appropriate-size measuring spoon to the rim without letting the liquid spill over.

Measuring Math

Here's how to convert liquid measurements within the U.S. system:

Tablespoon Math:
-- 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
-- 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
-- 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup
-- 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
-- 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons = 2/3 cup
-- 12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
-- 16 tablespoons = 1 cup

More Conversions:
-- 1 tablespoon = 1/2 fluid ounce
-- 1 cup = 1/2 pint= 8 fluid ounces
-- 2 cups = 1 pint = 16 fluid ounces
-- 4 cups = 2 pints = 1 quart = 32 fluid ounces
-- 16 cups = 4 pints = 1 gallon = 128 fluid ounces

How to Convert Metric Measurements to U.S. Measurements:

-- 0.5 ml = 1/8 teaspoon
-- 1 ml = 1/4 teaspoon
-- 2 ml = 1/2 teaspoon
-- 5 ml = 1 teaspoon
-- 15 ml = 1 tablespoon
-- 25 ml = 2 tablespoons
-- 50 ml = 2 fluid ounces = 1/4 cup
-- 75 ml = 3 fluid ounces = 1/3 cup
-- 125 ml = 4 fluid ounces = 1/2 cup
-- 150 ml = 5 fluid ounces = 2/3 cup
-- 175 ml = 6 fluid ounces = 3/4 cup
-- 250 ml = 8 fluid ounces = 1 cup
-- 500 ml = 1 pint = 2 cups
-- 1 liter = 1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups

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