When it comes to cooking and baking, it matters how many tablespoons in ⅓ cup. The quick answer is 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon. Master the ⅓ cup to tablespoons conversion and get a printable tablespoon conversion cheat sheet for free.
Nobody wants to get frustrated while cooking and baking, guessing how many tablespoons make ⅓ cup. A simple conversion is 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon, but with so many baking conversions, it isn't easy to remember each one.
- American cup size
- Different cup sizes
- Tablespoon sizes
- How many tablespoons in ⅓ cup
- How to convert ⅓ cup to tablespoons (⅓ cup to tbsp)
- ⅓ cup to tablespoon conversion
- How many tablespoons of butter in ⅓ cup
- Measuring solids
- Measuring liquids
- How to measure ⅓ cup
- Tablespoon conversion chart
- Printable conversion charts
- Related conversions
- Frequently asked questions
Fortunately, the internet provides helpful tools and information to make life easier, like printable cheat sheets, charts, and tables. And this comprehensive guide is not an exception.
But make sure you know the origin of the recipe you are going to make because different countries use different measurement systems.
American cup size
What are cup measurements in the United States? With its own measurement convention called 'US cups,' ⅓ customary or ⅓ standard cup is equal:
- ⅓ US Cup = 78.86 mL
- ⅓ US Cup = 5.33 US tablespoons (tbsp)
- ⅓ US Cup = 5.26 metric tablespoons (United Kingdom, international)
An American tablespoon equals 0.0625 American cups.
Legal US cup is used in cooking units, serving sizes, and nutrition labeling in the USA.
- ⅓ US Legal Cup = 80 mL
- ⅓ US Legal Cup = 5.41 US tablespoons (tbsp)
- ⅓ US Legal Cup = 5.33 metric tablespoons (UK, international)
Different cup sizes
A US cup differs slightly from other English-speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, and South Africa. This is because these countries use metric measurements:
- ⅓ Metric Cup = 83.33 mL.
The old recipes in the United Kingdom use the British imperial system, where an Imperial (UK) cup is a non-metric liquid measurement unit of volume. Modern recipes in the UK use UK metric cup.
- ⅓ Imperial Cup = 94.67 mL
- ⅓ UK Metric Cup = 83.33 mL
|1 cup||Milliliters||⅓ cup||Milliliters|
|US Customary Cup||236.59 ml||US Customary Cup||78.86 ml|
|US Legal Cup||240 ml||US Legal Cup||80 ml|
|UK Metric Cup||250 ml||UK Metric Cup||83.33 ml|
|UK Imperial Cup||284.13 ml||UK Imperial Cup||94.67 ml|
|Australian Cup||250 ml||Australian Cup||83.33 ml|
|Canadian Cup||250 ml||Canadian Cup||83.33 ml|
|South African Cup||250 ml||South African Cup||83.33 ml|
A tablespoon, a volume unit, also varies by different countries worldwide. Most countries, expert the USA and Australia, employ a metric tablespoon equal to 15 ml.
Here are different sizes of tablespoons:
- 1 US tablespoon = 14.8 ml or 0.5 US fl oz
- 1 UK tablespoon = 15 ml
- 1 Canadian tablespoon = 15 ml or 0.51 US fl oz
- 1 Australian tablespoon = 20 ml or 0.68 US fl oz
How many tablespoons in ⅓ cup
Or how many tablespoon in a third of a cup? There are 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon in ⅓ cup (US system).
How to convert ⅓ cup to tablespoons (⅓ cup to tbsp)
1 cup = 16 tablespoons (US system), so here is a conversion formula:
Tbsp = cups x 16, where the conversion factor is 16;
⅓ x 16 = 5 ⅓ tbsp
So there are 5 ⅓ tablespoons in ⅓ cup. Since a teaspoon is equal to ⅓ of a tablespoon, ⅓ cup equals 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon.
⅓ cup to tablespoon conversion
Here is a handy chart of dry measuring cups (abbreviated as 'c' or cup), the tablespoons (or tbsp), fluid ounces (or fl oz), and milliliters (ml) equivalency.
This conversion table helps to convert ⅓ cup of all purpose flour, sugar, and other dry ingredients to tablespoons if you measure dry goods by volume.
Note: The third cup to tablespoons and fluid ounces conversion is in bold. ⅓ cup in ml is also a part of this conversion.
|1/16 cup||1 tbsp||½ fl. oz.||14.79 ml|
|⅛ cup||2 tbsp||1 fl. oz.||29.57 ml|
|⅙ cup||2 tablespoon + 2 tsp||1 ⅓ fl. oz.||39.43 ml|
|¼ cup||4 tbsp||2 fl. oz.||59.15 ml|
|⅓ cup||5 tablespoon + 1 tsp||2 ⅔ fl. oz.||78.86 ml|
|½ cup||8 tbsp||4 fl. oz.||118.29 ml|
|⅔ cup||10 tablespoon + 2 tsp||5 ⅓ fl. oz||157.73 ml|
|¾ cup||12 tbsp||6 fl. oz.||177.44 ml|
|1 cup||16 tbsp||8 fl. oz.||236.59 ml|
How many tablespoons of butter in ⅓ cup
So how to use a conversion chart to measure the butter, margarine, and shortening? According to the easy reference table below, 1 cup of butter equals two sticks of butter. ⅓ cup of butter equals
- ⅔ stick, or
- 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon, or
- 2.66 ounces, or
- 75.6 grams.
|tablespoon||Cups||Ounces||Grams||Stick of butter|
|16 tbsp||1 cup||8 oz.||226.8 g||2 sticks|
|12 tbsp||¾ cup||6 oz.||170.1 g||1 ½ sticks|
|10 tablespoon + 2 tsp||⅔ cup||5.33 oz.||151.2 g||1 ⅓ sticks|
|8 tbsp||½ cup||4 oz.||113.4 g||1 stick|
|5 tablespoon + 1 tsp||⅓ cup||2.66 oz.||75.6 g||⅔ stick|
|4 tbsp||¼ cup||2 oz.||56.7 g||½ stick|
Around the world, ⅓ of cups are not all equal. Depending on the recipe, ⅓ cup to tablespoons conversions has slight differences.
|⅓ cup||Milliliters||US tablespoons||UK tablespoons Imperial|
|US (standard)||78.86 ml||5.33 tbsp||4.44 tbsp|
|UK (Imperial)||94.67 ml||6.4 tbsp||5.33 tbsp|
|UK (metric)||83.33 ml||5.64 tbsp||4.69 tbsp|
|Australia||83.33 ml||5.64 tbsp||4.69 tbsp|
|Canada||83.33 ml||5.64 tbsp||4.69 tbsp|
|South Africa||83.33 ml||5.64 tbsp||4.69 tbsp|
Measuring solid (dry) ingredients, especially flour, is key to successful baking. For accurate results, opt for a digital kitchen scale if you are used to the metric system.
Or use the cup and spoon method if you live in the United States and are used to US Customary System (USCS).
To measure dry goods, follow the scoop and level method using a dry measuring cup. Make sure to sift dry ingredients and level off the ingredient with the back of a butter knife.
Use measuring spoons to measure small amounts of dry products, such as baking powder or baking soda. Please, note that recipes call for a level tablespoon or teaspoon (not heaped).
Pour the liquid into a liquid measuring cup (don't use a tea or coffee mug or cup instead), and bend over to find the measuring mark at eye level. To measure wet ingredients with a spoon, just fill the spoon with the liquid.
But how to measure semi-liquid ingredients such as sour cream, speculoos spread, peanut butter, and yogurt? They should be measured with dry measuring cups.
How to measure ⅓ cup
If you wonder how to measure ⅓ cup, here are a few ways to help you get the exact measurements every time:
- Use a ⅓ measuring cup
- Use 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon
- Use 16 teaspoons
But how to get ⅓ cup without measuring tools (cups and spoons)? If this is the case, try eyeballing the volume of ingredients.
A tablespoon is roughly equal to an ice cube, and you can use the tip of your index finger as a teaspoon measure.
These are called visually approximate measurements that are not as accurate as measuring ingredients with measuring cups, spoons, and a digital scale.
Tablespoon conversion chart
Here is a quick reference chart - a tablespoon conversion chart in PDF.
Download and print out this Tablespoon Conversion Chart >>
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If you love visual and entertaining infographics, download and print this Tablespoon To Cup Conversion Chart.
Printable conversion charts
You will also discover numerous free kitchen printables gathered in one place - a free resource library:
- Kitchen conversion chart
- Baking pan conversion chart
- Cooking weight conversion chart
- Liquid conversion chart
- Oven temperature conversion chart
Make sure to check out other common kitchen measurements and their conversions, especially for tablespoons and cups measurement conversions:
- How Many Tablespoons In ½ Cup
- How Many Tablespoons In A Pint
- How Many Tablespoons In A Fluid Ounce
- How Many Tablespoons In A Quart
- How Many Tablespoons In A Gallon
And if you ever need to convert your baking pan sizes, use this simple Cake Pan Converter.
I hope this article answers how many tablespoons make ⅓ cup. You might see other frequently asked questions about ⅓ cup to tablespoons conversion, for example:
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The answer is the same: ⅓ cup equals 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon.
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Frequently asked questions
There are 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon in ⅓ cup of butter.
There are 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon in ⅓ cup of liquid.
There are 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon in ⅓ cup of oil.
There are 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon in ⅓ cup of melted butter.
There are 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon in ⅓ cup of flour.
Half of ⅓ cup equals 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons.