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How Many Tablespoons in 1/2 Cup

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Need to know How Many Tablespoons in 1/2 Cup?  Here’s everything you need to know about how to convert tablespoons to 1/2 cup (tbsp to 1/2 cup) or 1/2 cup to tablespoons (1/2 cup to tbsp). What is a tablespoon (T) and what is a cup (C). I’ve also provided you with an easy conversion chart below to help you memorize these conversions.

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Being successful in the kitchen requires the accurate measurement of ingredients. When following recipes to make a meal, you might be able to eyeball the amount of herbs and spices and other simple ingredients, but if you add too much or too little of an ingredient, the outcome of your recipe might not be what you had hoped for. Knowing how many tablespoons in 1/2 cup is a helpful measurement conversion to have memorized for achieving success in the kitchen.

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How Many Tablespoons Are In 1/2 Cup?

There are 8 tablespoons in 1/2 cup

  • 1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons
  • 3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons
  • 1 cup = 16 tablespoons

Tablespoons to Cups Conversion Chart

It’s helpful to know some simple kitchen conversions when you’re needing to adjust a recipe whether its to double it or cut the amount in half. Knowing these simple conversions will help you adjust measurements in a recipe so you can achieve the desired results.  

A teaspoons to cups conversions chart

What Is A Tablespoon

The tablespoon is a common measurement of ingredients used in cooking and baking.

Tablespoon is equivalent to 0.5 fluid ounce or 15 mL. A tablespoon is commonly abbreviated in recipes as  “tbsp” or “tbs”.  Similar to the teaspoon, a tablespoon is used to measure dry ingredients like dried herbs and spices, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar. It can also be used to measure liquids like pure vanilla extract, honey, maple syrup, mustard and mayonnaise.

What Is A Cup

A cup is an important kitchen tool used to accurately measure ingredients in preparing a dish.  There are two different types of measuring cups – liquid and dry. Liquid measures volume (the amount of space something takes up) and dry measures weight. The differences of the two are minor, but it matters which one you use..

  • Granulated Measuring Cups – These are used to measure dry ingredients like flour, chocolate chips, nuts, beans, rice and oats might be listed in a recipe by weight (ounces or pounds), while milk, oil, water, broth would all be measured by fluid ounces (volume). If your recipe calls for your ingredients in measurements (in ounces or pounds) such as flour, chocolate chips or nuts, you would need to use a digital kitchen scale to measure the exact weight of the ingredient. To measure ingredients by weight, place a measuring cup or mixing bowl on top of your digital scale and hit the “zero” or “tare” button. This will take into account the weight of the bow and set the scale counter back to zero. Then just add your ingredient (flour, sugar, etc) into the bowl to measure the accurate amount called for in your recipe.
  • Liquid Measuring Cups – These are used to measure liquid ingredients like olive oil, milk and broth. You would place your liquid measuring cup on a flat surface, and pour the liquid even with the measuring line. Squat down to eye level to make sure your measurement is precise

Five spoons filled with peanut butter. Peanuts and shells are scattered next to the spoons.

Imperial (US) System vs Metric System

Different countries use different volume and weight measurements. Some countries use the Imperial System while some use the Metric System.

The United States still uses the Imperial System for measurements (which was developed and used in the United Kingdom around 1826), where most countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada have since adopted the metric system using measurements like grams, meters, liters, kilograms and kilometers. There aren’t significant differences in volume between the Imperial (US) and Metric measuring systems. 

For the most part, the Metric System has replaced the imperial system in countries who once used it. The United States is one of the few countries in the world who has yet to switch to the Metric System of measurements. But if you’re in a pinch, if a recipe is written using the Metric system, you can easily use US teaspoons and tablespoons to convert to metric measurements. 

Converting US Standard to Metric System [Approximate Measurements]

  • 1 cup = 16 tablespoons = 8 fluid ounces = 237 mL
  • 3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons = 6 fluid ounces = 177 mL
  • 1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons = 4 fluid ounces = 118 mL
  • 1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons = 2 fluid ounces = 59 mL

The US Customary System

The United States Customary System (U.S. Customary System) is a system of weights and measures used in the United States and some other countries. This system includes units for measuring length (inches, feet, yards and miles), weight (ounce, pound, ton), and capacity (teaspoons, tablespoon, cups, pints, quarts, gallons).

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Conclusion – Tablespoons In 1/2 Cup

How many tablespoons in 1/4 cup?

4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup

How many tablespoons in 1/2 cup?

8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup 

How many tablespoons in 3/4 cup?

12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup

How many tablespoons in 1 cup? 

16 tablespoons = 1 cup 

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