How Many Tablespoons in 1 oz– Complete US Conversion Chart

In the world of cooking and baking, precise measurements are crucial for achieving consistent and delicious results. However, for converting between different units of measurement, things can get a bit confusing. And this confusion most commonly occurs when you need to divide your recipe or simply don’t have the required measuring tools like a measuring glass, cup, or scale. 

In such situations, one common question that often arises is, “How many tablespoons are there in one ounce?” 

In this blog post, you’ll understand this conversion conundrum most simply and get a well-informed answer.

Understanding Tablespoons and Ounces

Before we dive into the conversion, let’s briefly explore the basic concepts of tablespoons and ounces. 

A tablespoon (often abbreviated as “tbsp”) is a unit of volume commonly used in both cooking and serving. On the other hand, an ounce (abbreviated as “oz”) is a unit of weight or mass.

In cooking, tablespoons are typically used to measure ingredients such as spices, liquids, and smaller quantities of dry ingredients. 

Conversely, ounces are often used to measure larger quantities of liquid and dry ingredients and in certain culinary contexts for weight-based measurements.

Let’s Start with Converting Tablespoons to Oz for Liquids

Now, let’s tackle the main question: how many tablespoons are there in one ounce? 

The answer depends on the substance being measured, as different ingredients have different densities and, thus, can vary in volume-to-weight ratios when you change conversion from one ingredient to another. 

However, for most cooking and baking purposes, a general conversion guideline for liquid ingredients is used:

  • 1 fluid ounce (fl oz) equals approximately 2 tablespoons (tbsp).

You can reliably convert the same ingredient into tablespoons since you measure the liquid ounces with a measuring glass or cup.

Oz to Tablespoons US Conversion Chart for Liquids

Here’s a handy table that provides conversions from ounces to tablespoons for common cooking and baking purposes. When your recipe defines the measurements in ounces, and you want to convert them into tablespoons, you can confidently follow this table for liquid ingredients.

Ounces (oz)Tablespoons (tbsp)
1 oz2 tbsp
2 oz4 tbsp
3 oz6 tbsp
4 oz8 tbsp
5 oz10 tbsp
6 oz12 tbsp
7 oz14 tbsp
8 oz16 tbsp
9 oz18 tbsp
10 oz20 tbsp
11 oz22 tbsp
12 oz24 tbsp
13 oz26 tbsp
14 oz28 tbsp
15 oz30 tbsp
16 oz32 tbsp

How about Converting Tablespoons to Oz for Dry Ingredients?

It’s pretty common to find recipes mentioning the dry ingredients in ounces as well. Can you convert dry ingredients into tablespoons so smoothly?

The answer is “NO.”

WHY?

You might hear many others saying that 1 ounce of dry ingredients equals 4 tablespoons.

THAT IS NOT TRUE, DEAR.

STOP BELIEVING IT!

The density of dry ingredients makes them weigh differently, and when a recipe specifies it in ounces, it doesn’t mean to be measured using a measuring cup or glass. Instead, when the recipe tells a dry ingredient to be in an ounce, it simply means “28” grams of it.

And each tablespoon for every dry ingredient will weigh differently. Here, honestly, you need some accurate kitchen scale to half your ingredients if you cook in a kitchen every day. 

Oz to Tablespoons US Conversion Chart for Liquids

But, if you’re packed with time, and can’t wait for a kitchen scale, here is a handy table for converting dry ingredients to tablespoons according to US measurements. Please note that each ingredient in this table is one ounce.

IngredientsSemolina flourTablespoons in 1 Oz/28 grams of dry Ingredient 
“00” pizza flour116 grams4 tbs
All purpose flour120 grams3 ¾ tbs
Almond flour112 grams4 tbs
Artisan bread flour120 grams3 ¾ tbs
Barley flour85 grams5 tbs
Bread crumbs (dried)112 grams4 tbs
Bread Crumbs (fresh)84 grams5 tbs
Bread Crumbs (Japanese Panko)50 grams9 tbs
Butter113 grams4 tbs
Chocolate chips177 grams2.5 tbs
Cheddar cheese (grated)113 grams4 tbs
Parmesan cheese 100 grams5 tbs
Cheese Ricotta unshredded227 grams2 tbsp
Cocoa powder90 grams5 tbs
Corn starch72 grams6 tbs
Cream of coconut282 grams1 ½ tbs
Coconut flour256 grams1.75 or 1 ¾ tbsp
Cocoa powder90 grams5 tbs
Cinnamon sugar200 grams2 ¼ tbs
Flour125 grams   3 ½ tbs
Rice flour142 grams3 tbs
Rice99 grams4 ½ tbs
Oatmeal100 grams4 ½ tbs
Oat flour92 grams5 tbs
Quinoa whole177 grams2.5 tbs
Quinoa flour110 grams4 tbs
Sparkling sugar128 grams3 ½ tbs
Semolina flour163 grams2.75 tbs
Sour cream240 grams2 tbs
SugarAll-purpose flour2 ¼ tbs
Sugar (brown)220 grams2 ¼ tbs
Sugar (powdered)115 grams4 tbs
Baking sugar (alternatives)170 grams2 ½  tbs
Whole milk240 grams2 tbs
Whole wheat flour130 grams3 ½ tbs

How did I do this conversion?

Here’s how:

  • Any standard measuring cup equalizes 16 tablespoons. 
  • Any cup of dry ingredients weighs differently, but when divided by 16 (for tablespoons), it gets how much 1 tablespoon should weigh for the given ingredient.
  • Thus, you can divide the standard weight of 28 grams for a dry ounce by the obtained tablespoon weight for the given ingredient.

Below is an example of a few ingredients to help you understand how I’ve made the entire conversion table for you.

IngredientsFor 1 cupAll-purpose flourDivide 28 grams by the obtained weight of 1 tablespoon 
All purpose flour120 grams120/16 = 7.528/7.5 = 3 ¾ tbs
Sugar200 grams200/16 = 12.528/12.5 = 2.25 or 2 ¼ tbs

Note

For the ingredients you can’t find in this table, you can do the exact conversion by knowing the weight of your ingredients per cup. But for that purpose, you must get a good quality, accurate kitchen scale.

Final Thoughts

Understanding the relationship between volume and weight is key when converting tablespoons to ounces. While the general rule of thumb of 1 fluid ounce equaling approximately 2 tablespoons can be a useful guideline, it is important to consider the density of the substance being measured to achieve accurate results.

Remember, precision matters in the world of cooking, especially when it comes to certain recipes requiring exact measurements. So, if you want to ensure consistent and delicious results, take the time to double-check your measurements and, when needed, rely on more specific conversion references or kitchen scales to achieve the desired outcome.

Happy cooking and baking!

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Saba Akbar
Saba Akbar

Hello, I'm a culinary explorer and food writer with 25 years of home kitchen expertise. This blog is a treasure trove of my insights on global cuisine, cooking tips, and expert knowledge of kitchen tools.
Besides this, as a GERD survivor, I've transformed my passion for food into a quest for food's GERD-friendliness and healthiness. I believe what you eat shapes your internal environment—join me on this lifelong journey of taste and healthiness!

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