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Cooking conversions

Posted On : 4 June 2018 | Category : All Hints & Tips, Handy Guides

Use this helpful guide to find baking and cooking conversions between metric, imperial and US cup measures.

Convert carefully

For most home cooks, an extra gram or two of an ingredient won’t make much of a difference. Once you start working with larger quantities, however, precision counts: an incorrect measurement can throw off a ratio and ruin a recipe. Proper ingredient measurements are especially important in baking. If you’re working with larger quantities, especially in baking, seek out a precise conversion tool on the internet, or use a search engine to convert between metric and imperial.


When measuring liquid, cooking measurements are quite straightforward:



Check this chart for basic imperial to metric conversions:



Ever stop to wonder about teaspoons, dessertspoons and tablespoons? Here are their metric equivalents. But first:

1 dessertspoon = 2 teaspoons
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon


Also know that tablespoons can be easily used to convert dry (and wet) ingredients to/from US cups. Here’s a simple conversion chart:

Tablespoons to US cups

Mass or Weight Conversion Table

Butter and margarine
Butter and Margarine

Quick conversions

For other common ingredients, here are some quick conversions from US cups to metric:

1 cup chocolate chips = 150g
1 cup cocoa powder = 125g
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans = 125g
1 cup walnut or pecan halves = 100g
1 cup desiccated coconut = 75g
1 tablespoon baking powder = 15g
1 tablespoon salt = 18g
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese = 120g
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese = 80g
1 cup dried breadcrumbs = 120g
1 cup couscous = 175g
1 cup lentils = 190g
1 cup sultanas or raisins = 170g