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How Many Tablespoons in a Cup

Before we start discussing how many tablespoons1 are in a cup2 we should mention that converting tablespoons to cups is necessary mostly for people living in the USA and some other countries where the standard (or English) measurement system is in use.

In fact, this system is rather confusing because of different conversions. That is why almost countries in the world have chosen the metric system. It counts everything by tens which makes it more convenient and understandable.

But if you live in the United States, you have to use tablespoons, cups, ounces, quarts and other units from this measurement system. Moreover these units are common for many old cookbooks even if they were published in Europe.

How Many Tablespoons in a Cup

There are various definitions of the cup and the tablespoon accepted in different countries. In this article we will talk about US customary cups and US tablespoons which are the most widely-spread units.

So you can remember that 1 US customary cup equals to 16 US tablespoons.

If you want to find out how many cups or tablespoons are in some other measurement units, the table below will help you to find the answers.

One US tablespoon
One US cup
Fluid Ounces

The following table will help you to convert US teaspoons, tablespoons, ounces and cups into metric milliliters.

One US teaspoon
About 5 ml
One US tablespoon
About 15 ml
One US fluid ounce
About 30 ml
One US cup
About 240 ml

  1. Tablespoon (abbr. tblspn, tblsp, tbsp, tbs, tb) – is a common unit of volume measurement used in the USA, Australia and some other countries. The US tablespoon equals to approximately 15 metric milliliters. The Australian variant has about 20 milliliters.
  2. Cup is a widely-spread unit of volume measurement which is used mostly in cooking recipes for measuring liquids and dry substances (sugar, flour, etc). It is common in many countries and there different types of this unit (US, imperial, metric, Japanese, etc). The US cup is equal to approximately 240 metric milliliters.
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