Cooking Measurements Conversions

Having accurate cooking measurements conversions is very important if you want to try recipes from different countries.

cooking measurements conversions
Making Cooking Conversions Simple

In the United States (although they use the Imperial system of inches, feet, ounces and pounds in most situations), recipe ingredients are measured in cups and teaspoons.

In the United Kingdom (and other European countries) they're measured using the Metric system of grams, kilograms and milliliters/liters. ounces, pounds and pints.

BUT, many older recipes show ingredients in Imperial measurements such as ounces, pounds and pints.

To make matters worse, the British teaspoon or cup isn't the same as the US teaspoon or cup, and the Australian cup (dry ingredients) isn't the same as either US or UK 'cup'. So, you can see why things can get tricky!

The traditional Scottish recipes that you'll find on this site have been handed down through my family, and my Nanas' hand-written cookery book (recipe book) has Imperial measurements.

I have added both Metric and US measurements as well, to help you create 'masterpieces' no matter what part of the world you live in.

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and have lived all over England, in Canada, and now in the United States, so I've had a fair bit of practice making those pesky conversions!

Not all of my cooking conversions have been successful first time around though, and it's so disappointing to spend time and effort on a special recipe, only to have it turn out quite differently from your hopes and expectations.

To make the whole process of cooking measurements conversions quick and easy for our you (so that you can get right to trying those tasty traditional Scottish recipes), we've put together some 'conversion tables' for you to use based on our personal experience.....

Flour - Breadcrumbs - Icing Sugar (Powdered/Confectioners Sugar in USA)

Imperial USA Metric
1 oz 2 level tbsp 15 grams
4 oz 1/2 cup 60 grams
8 oz 1 cups 120 grams
1 lb 2 1/4 cups 450 grams

Granulated or Caster (Superfine) Sugar

Imperial USA Metric
1 oz 2 level tbsp 25 grams
8 oz 1 cup 190 grams
1 lb 2 1/4 cups 450 grams

Butter or Margerine

Imperial USA Metric
1 oz 2 level tbsp 25 grams
4 oz 1/2 cup or 1 stick 113 grams
8 oz 1 cup or 2 sticks 225 grams

Dried Fruit

Imperial USA Metric
2 oz 1/3 cup 50 grams
4 oz 2/3 cup 110 grams
8 oz 1 cup 175 grams


Imperial USA Metric
1 teaspoon Almost 1 tsp 5 ml
1 tablespoon Almost 1 tbsp 15 ml
1/4 pint 2/3 cup 150 ml
1/2 pint just over 1 cup 275 ml
1 pint 2 1/2 cups 570 ml
8 fluid oz 1 cup 237 ml

Here are a couple more handy cooking measurements conversions for you.....

  • UK tablespoon = 17.7 ml = 0.6 oz
  • USA tablespoon = 14.2 ml = 0.5 oz
  • UK dessert spoon = 10 ml = 0.3 oz
  • 1 UK cup = 1.2 US cups

NOTE: The US doesn't have a 'dessert spoon', but a rough equivalent is a little over 2 US teaspoons.

The above conversions should cover most of the basic ingredients and measures you need. However, if you need to convert a measure/ingredient that isn't included, here's a handy tool that can do the job for you.......

Cooking Calculator

Cooking Temperature Conversions

Another part of cooking measurement conversions that you need to get right is the temperature of your oven. Here's a quick guide to cooking temps for you.....

Gas Farenheit Celcius
Mark 1 275 140
Mark 2 300 150
Mark 3 325 170
Mark 4 355 180
Mark 5 375 190
Mark 6 400 200
Mark 7 425 220
Mark 8 455 230
Mark 9 475 235

Gas Mark 1 is considered a 'cool' oven

Gas Mark 4 is 'moderate'

Gas Mark 6 is 'moderate - hot'

Gas Mark 7 is 'hot'

Gas Mark 9 is 'very hot'

We hope these cooking measurements conversions will help you to get all those tasty Scottish recipes coming out just right first time around.

Learn more about what foods are popular (and famous) in Scotland, visit our Scottish Food page.

Also, take a look at our Glossary of Cooking Terms which translates UK cookery terms to the closest US equivalent (it helps!).

Or if you're ready to get started on some cooking or baking, jump right over to our Scottish recipes page and take your pick! Best of Luck.

Related Pages:

Scottish Food

Glossary of Cooking Terms

Scottish Recipes

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