Use the chart below to help you quickly downsize favorite recipes.

Original Amount = 1 cup Half = 1/2 cup One-Third = 1/3 cup
Original Amount = 3/4 cup Half = 6 tbsp One-Third = 1/4 cup
Original Amount = 2/3 cup Half = 1/3 cup One-Third = 3 tbsp + 1-1/2 tsp
Original Amount = 1/2 cup Half = 1/4 cup One-Third = 2 tbsp + 2 tsp
Original Amount = 1/3 cup Half = 2 tbsp + 2 tsp One-Third = 1 tbsp + 1-1/4 tsp
Original Amount = 1/4 cup Half = 2 tbsp One-Third = 1 tbsp + 1 tsp
Original Amount = 1 tbsp Half = 1-1/2 tsp One-Third = 1 tsp
Original Amount = 1 tsp Half = 1/2 tsp One-Third = 1/4 tsp
Original Amount = 1/2 tsp Half = 1/4 tsp One-Third = 1/8 tsp
Original Amount = 1/4 tsp Half = 1/8 tsp One-Third = dash

* amount is rounded down.

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


Measurement Amounts


Here's a handy listing of how many tablespoons and teaspoons are in larger measuring cup amounts. This may make it easier for you to downsize your recipes by one-half or one-third.

  • 1 cup = 16 tablespoons
  • Half of 1 cup = 8 tablespoons
  • 3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons
  • Half of 3/4 cup = 6 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons
  • Half of 1/2 cup = 4 tablespoons
  • 1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon
  • Half of 1/3 cup = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
  • 1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons
  • Half of 1/4 cup = 2 tablespoons
  • 1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons
  • Half of 1/8 cup = 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 tablespoon = 1-1/2 teaspoons