You are knee-deep in a recipe when you realize the butter measurement is in grams—but the wrapper around the butter only shows teaspoons, tablespoons, and cups. You don't own a food scale, so what do you do?
Since grams are a weight measurement and U.S. tablespoons are a volume measurement, there isn't a universal conversion chart since different ingredients weigh different amounts. Butter weighs more than flour, for example, so 14 grams of butter is going to be 1 tablespoon whereas 14 grams of flour is a little more than 1 3/4 tablespoons.
Here is a quick guide for converting grams of butter to tablespoons, and vice versa. Keep in mind that this specific conversion chart only works for butter.
Metric Grams Converted to U.S. Tablespoons
- 14 grams = 1 tablespoon
- 25 grams = 1.8 tablespoons
- 28 grams = 2 tablespoons
- 50 grams = 3.6 tablespoons
- 56 grams = 4 tablespoons
- 100 grams = 7 tablespoons
- 113 grams = 8 tablespoons
- 250 grams = 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) + 1.6 tablespoons
U.S. Tablespoons Converted to Metric Grams
- 1 tablespoon = 14 grams
- 1 1/2 tablespoons = 21.3 grams
- 2 tablespoons = 28.4 grams
- 2 1/2 tablespoons = 35.4 grams
- 3 tablespoons = 42.5
- 4 tablespoons = 56 grams
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) = 113 grams
- 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) = 226.8 grams
Converting Other Metric Measurements
There are metric measurements that can be converted to U.S. customary measurements if they fall into these categories: temperature, length, volume, and pressure. You can convert metric weight measurements to customary weight measurements, meaning that you can convert grams to ounces or pounds.
Most of the time, the results are rounded to the nearest whole number. For example, 1 liter equals 4.23 cups, but it is accepted as simply 4 cups.