How Many Tablespoons In An Ounce: Handy Guide For Precise Measuring

You are looking for an answer on how many tablespoons in an ounce, then you are in the right place and at the right time to discover the secrets of precise measurements.

I'm not a professional, but years in front of the stove brought me a lot of experience and sweet troubles of cooking. Still, I don't like to cook without proper measures.

When my boys were little, I had to improvise a lot because of time shortage and picky bellies - and that's fine, but sometimes, I wish to follow a recipe blindly to avoid possible errors.

Doing that isn't as easy as it seems, but it can be entertaining. Whenever I see "a tablespoon of" in my cookbook, I laugh. Why?

Because there are seven different tablespoons of various size in my drawer. Over the years I bought or received many sets of cutlery as a gift - and lost a piece or two from all of them!

But there is always one or two pieces that remain and are dear to me, so I keep them. And for the results, we have a drawer full of different-style spoons, be it difference in colors or, yeah you’ve guessed it - size!

So how can a tablespoon be an accurate measure? To be honest, the size varies in small proportion, and also in most cases, it doesn't really matter. But for times when size does matter (hehe), this guide will be useful.

A tablespoon - proper measure or not?

It is natural, when I look at my seven different spoons, to ask myself: Is a tablespoon a real measure?

Countless hours on the internet later, I found out that is a legit measure not only in the kitchen but also in cocktail bars.

Bartenders use it quite a lot, shoulder to shoulder, with a teaspoon. The use of the spoon stretches from measuring sugar, jello powder, to all sorts of liqueur!

Tablespoon (tbsp) is used both dry and liquid measurements!

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What is an ounce?

The tablespoon is identical for metric and imperial systems, which doesn't imply on an ounce.

I spoke earlier about the difference between imperial and metric system, but let's remember what an ounce is.

An ounce is a measure in the imperial system, used to measure mass, volume, and weight.

For volume, we use a fluid ounce (oz fl or fl oz), and it equals approximately 29,6 ml in the U.S. system.

And for weights, as dry measurements, we use an ounce. One dry ounce weighs approximately 28,6 grams.

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What’s the difference between dry and liquid measurements?

Fluid ounce and ounce maybe share the name, but they have vast differences when it comes to measuring. When it comes to measuring liquids and dry ingredients rules are not the same.

When we say that one cup has eight ounces, we mean liquid ones. One cup of dry ingredient, (flour for example) has 4,5 ounces.

So if you want to put your measurement skill to a new level, you should learn how to measure liquid and dry components correctly!

1. How to measure liquid

I strongly recommend using cups meant to measure liquids. There is a significant difference in measuring water and peanuts.

Cups for liquids usually have handles and are designated to make pouring easy. They usually have engraved lines that indicate the amount of fluid.

Their design helps you to pour the exact amount you want and without spilling.

Here is a table to convert cups into ounces if you are not a fan of them:

1 cup

8 fluid ounces

1/2 pint

237 ml

2 cups

16 fluid ounces

1 pint

474 ml

4 cups

32 fluid ounces

1 quart

946 ml

If your recipe calls for a tablespoon of liquid :

  • One U.S. cup has 16 tablespoons which means that one fluid ounce has two tablespoons!

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2. How to measure dry measurements

The safest way to measure dry elements is to put them on the scale or to use dry measuring cups. If you use the cup, be sure to make a flat edge.

One cup weighs 8 ounces and 16 tablespoons, so one ounce has two tablespoons.

Keep in mind that when it comes to the dry ounce, a tablespoon of the ingredient must have a flat edge.

If you have trouble with these measurements, I made a table to make it slightly more manageable for you:

2 tablespoons

1/8 cup

1 fluid ounce

28.3 grams

4 tablespoons

1/4 cup

2 fluid ounces

56.7 grams

8 tablespoons

1/2 cup

4 ounces

113.4 grams

12 tablespoons

3/4 cup

6 ounces

170 grams

32 tablespoons

2 cups

16 ounces

1 pound or 453,6 grams

64 tablespoons

4 cups

32 ounces

2 pounds or 907 grams

Measuring in teaspoons

When I cook with hot spices, a tablespoon seems a lot, and it's easy to overdo. Half of a tablespoon is not precise, primarily if you use groceries with intense aroma and taste.

Cumin, for example, has a unique and robust taste and overdoing; it means you will ruin the meal. So accurate dosing of some ingredients sometimes means a big difference.

If you want your measurement to be more precise, you will be glad when you find out that I calculated measures into teaspoons (tsp):

  • One tablespoon has three teaspoons 

Here is something to help you calculate:

3 teaspoons

½ ounce

14,3 grams

6 teaspoons

1 ounce

28,6 grams

12 teaspoons

¼ cup

2 ounces

28 teaspoons

1 cup

8 ounces

Final thoughts

With a little bit of practice, you'll be expert in how many tablespoons in an ounce, cup, grams, etc.

If you still have doubts, you can buy measuring spoons. They are colorful, easy to use and every well-supplied has them!

If you have additional questions or you want to add some pieces of information, please be free to do so - knowledge is meant to be shared! 🙂

Barbara Whitney

For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.

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