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Liquid Measurements Chart

Confused while converting liquid ounces to cups and cups to teaspoons? Well, then a chart with liquid measurements is all you need to make your life easier and simpler.
Aarti R
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2018
Measuring liquids is not an easy job. Yes, we do have the modern measuring cups with all the volume definitions. But what do you do when a recipe asks you to use a certain number of cups or teaspoons or tablespoons? And then, some recipes ask you to use a certain amount of liquid ounces or milliliters? Tricky as it is, we have made it easy for you here.
Back to Basics
We all know what a cup is and what the different types of spoons are. But we do not know their measurements or how much quantity each of them hold. Let us just get back to the basics and understand the simplest forms of measurement.
What are Cups?
Cup mL Cup mL
Metric 250 US Customary 237
US Legal 240 Imperial 284
Japanese 200 - -

A cup is a regular household unit of measurement. Recipes across the globe use cup measurements to give out quantities. However, the cups we use in our household can be different from the standard cups used in these recipes. But then again, are the standard cups we use in these recipes standardized in all the countries? No, they aren't! Cup sizes and their volume capacities differ in different countries.
Teaspoons and Tablespoons
Standard mL Household mL
Tbsp. 15 Tbsp. 7 - 14
Tsp. 5 Tsp. 2 - 6

Teaspoons and tablespoons are basic cutlery items found in every household. They are used to eat with, for serving food, and while cooking, they are used to measure smaller quantities. However, the spoons we use in our households differ from the ones used in the recipes. Even the measurements of teaspoon and tablespoon differs in some countries.
Convenient Conversions
There are some standard units for measuring liquid or fluid. The basic units include fluid ounces and liters. In addition, we use cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons. And it is these measurements that are used in everyday recipes. But what if one of these is missing? What if you want a substitute?
The table below helps convert all possible teaspoon, tablespoon, and cup measurements into liters and ounces.

Chart for Liquid Measurement
1 tsp. NA ⅓ tbsp. 5 mL
1 tbsp. ½ fl. oz. 3 tsp. 15 mL
2 tbsp. 1 fl. oz. 6 tsp. 30 mL
¼ cup 2 fl. oz. 4 tbsp. 59 mL
⅓ cup 2⅔ fl. oz. 5 tbsp. + 1 tsp. 79 mL
½ cup 4 fl. oz. 8 tbsp. 118 mL
⅔ cup 5⅓ fl. oz. 10 tbsp. + 2 tsp. 158 mL
¾ cup 6 fl. oz. 12 tbsp. 177 mL
1 cup 8 fl. oz. 16 tbsp. 237 mL
2 cups 16 fl. oz. 32 tbsp. 473 mL
4 cups 32 fl. oz. 1 quart 946 mL
Here are some more units of measurements. Although they are never used for everyday recipes, these conversions just may save the day whilst grocery shopping and stocking. They also help decide what size and amount of containers should be brought for storing and preserving purposes.

Higher Units of Measurement
Higher Units 1 pint 1 Quart 1 Gallon
Teaspoon 96 192 768
Tablespoon 32 64 256
Fluid Ounces 16 32 128
Milliliter 473 946 3785
Cup 2 4 16
Pint 1 2 8
Quart ½ 1 4
Higher Units ¼ 1
UK and US measurements in every aspect are different; and it applies here to. So, what to do when you have a recipe in UK measurements? Here is another chart to help you out with the conversions from UK to US.

UK fl. oz./mL US
1 Pint 19 fl. oz./570 mL 1 pint + ⅓ cup
1 Breakfast Cup 10 fl. oz./300 mL 1 cup + ¼ cup
1 Teacup 6.5 fl. oz./190 mL Appx. ¾ cup
Here are some more international conversions to help you with your everyday task of cooking.

Countries Standard Cup 1 Tbsp. 1 Tsp.
United States (US) 237 mL 15 mL 5 mL
United Kingdom (UK) 284 mL 15 mL 5 mL
Canada 250 mL 20 mL 5 mL
Australia 250 mL 20 mL 5 mL
New Zealand 250 mL 15 mL 5 mL
Dry Dilemma
Recipes in the United States usually do not use dry measurements. These measurements are used for everyday items that are sold on weight such as grains and fruits. However, just in case, here is a table to help you solve your dry measurement problems. We just eased conversions from dry measurements to liquid measurements.

Dry Milliliters Fluid Ounces
1 Pint 551 mL 19 fl. oz.
1 Quart 1101 mL 37 fl. oz.
1 Peck 8810 mL 298 fl. oz.

Please Note: The figures mentioned in the charts above contain the approximate values. For instance, 4.93 mL is rounded off to 5 mL, and so on.
These charts can help you a lot in your daily cooking sessions to make accurate measurements. According to the liquid measurements chart, the liquid is to be measured with a clear glass or plastic cup that has a pouring spout. Steel spoons are used wherever the spoons are mentioned in the said chart. The calibrated measuring cups made up of ¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup, and 1 cup sizes are available. The spoons used for daily measurements are ⅛ teaspoons, ¼ teaspoons, ½ teaspoons, 1 teaspoon, and 1 tablespoon.
Apart from cooking, the conversion chart is used in agricultural experiments and other scientific experiments. It is also introduced and taught in third and fourth grade. So, make this easier and simpler for your children too. Explain it to them by using these charts and tables. So go ahead, measure!