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Conversions: US Standard to UK

Abbreviation Key:
tsp = teaspoon
tbsp = tablespoon
dsp = dessertspoon

US Standard to UK Measurement Conversions

U.S. Standard

U.K.

1 cup

3/4 cup and 2 dsp

3/4 cup

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp

2/3 cup

1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp

1/2 cup

1/3 cup plus 2 dsp

1/3 cup

1/4 cup plus 1 tsp

1/4 cup

1/4 cup minus 1 dsp

1 tbsp

2 1/2 tsp

1 tsp

3/4 tsp (slightly rounded)

3/4 tsp

1/2 tsp (rounded)

1/2 tsp

1/2 tsp (scant)

1/4 tsp

1/4 tsp (scant)

Quick Conversions

U.S. Standard

U.K.

1 cup

3/4 cup and 2 dsp

1 1/4 cup

1 cup and 1 dsp

1 1/3 cup

1 cup and 2 tbsp

1 1/2 cup

1 1/4 cups

1 2/3 cup

1 1/4 cups and 2 tbsp

1 3/4 cup

1 1/3 cups and 2 tbsp

2 cups

1 2/3 cups

2 1/4 cups

1 3/4 cups and 2 tbsp

2 1/3 cups

1 3/4 cups and 3 tbsp

2 1/2 cups

2 cups and 2 dsp

2 2/3 cups

2 1/4 cups

2 3/4 cups

 2 1/4 cups and 1 dsp

3 cups

2 1/2 cups

3 1/4 cups

2 2/3 cups and 1 dsp

3 1/3 cups

2 3/4 cups

3 1/2 cups

2 3/4 cups and 3 tbsp

3 2/3 cups

3 cups and 1 tbsp

3 3/4 cups

 3 cups and 2 tbsp

4 cups

3 1/3 cups

4 1/4 cups

3 1/2 cups and 1 dsp

4 1/3 cups

3 1/2 cups and 2 tbsp

4 1/2 cups

3 3/4 cups

4 2/3 cups

3 3/4 cups and 2 tbsp

4 3/4 cups

3 3/4 cups and 3 tbsp

5 cups

4 cups and 3 tbsp

Comments
Sep. 24, 2009 2:57 pm
Who knew??
 
Sep. 24, 2009 2:59 pm
One other thing--just how big is a "dessert spoon"?
 
hch2k8 
Oct. 12, 2009 12:57 am
this conversion chart is useless.. umm we dont use cup measurements over here... maybe a conversion for cups into grams would have been a better idea :S
 
KEZ 
Nov. 24, 2009 7:16 am
I have had this chart printed out and taped to my cupboard door for years. I now have a set of US cups but this chart has been extremely useful. Thanks Allrecipes.
 
scruffyjock 
Dec. 12, 2009 3:46 am
In the UK a "cup" usually means an old-fashioned tea-cup which, nowadays, most people no longer use. So, does a "cup" mean a tea-cup, a coffee-cup or as is more commonly used these days for both, a mug?
 
Terri 
Jan. 18, 2010 2:32 pm
My husband is from the UK and all his mothers recipes have pounds or ounces as measurements for a lot of things we use cups for such as flour or sugar. Would be nice if there was a conversion for that.
 
Apr. 15, 2010 7:25 pm
In Australia, we use both measurements.. at least i do anyways.. we were taught it thru'out the 70's.. :D
 
JimD 
Jul. 17, 2011 7:15 am
This misses a basic point. A UK pint isn't the same as a US one. You mention a US rhyme that 'A Pint's a pound, the whole world round'. Oh no it isn't, a UK pint is 20 fl. oz, as opposed to 16. Just comfirming my figures with an on-line conversion site, I see there's a US 'dry' pint which is close to the UK one. We only have one type of pint though.
 
Rutzy 
Jul. 25, 2011 12:52 pm
I'm in a cooking class and they go by pounds. It gets really confusing we weigh out things in ounces but when it comes to a 1/4 ounce i guess that would be a pinch? But im making bread and this calls for a 1/4 oz. of salt and a 1/2 oz. of yeast. If it doesn't rise ill know i didn't put enough yeast in it. Last class is tomorrow, the instructor will not answer any questions we are suppose to know.
 
Theresa 
Jul. 8, 2012 10:56 pm
I have a recipe that calls for 2 1/2 dl of flour, how much is that in cups? I have no idea how much is 0.423 cups and 1 1/2 dl of rolled oats and 1/2 dl of sugar not sure how much to use in US cups. Can someone help me!!! Thanks
 
Aug. 22, 2013 1:30 am
What about a stick of butter.......how long is a piece of string?
 
Nix 
Aug. 10, 2014 2:30 am
I swear this is THE most annoying thing ever. The UK has pretty much converted to the metric system now or we use lbs, oz and fluid ozs, which is why previous posters are saying, well how big is a cup then? Why is anyone still using the blasted imperial system? I'm amazed anyone manages to make a cake that comes out anything like how it's supposed to... For info, a dessertspoon is 10ml, a tablespoon is 15ml and perhaps it's best to just discard this conversion table as it's not particularly relevant. At least not to anyone under the age of 60...
 
 
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