How Many Cups is A Stick of Butter?
Butter is a dairy product which contains up to 80% butterfat. It is solid when chilled and liquid when warmed. Butter can be measured in many different ways: cups, tablespoons, ounces, and pounds, but measurements are often also given in “sticks”.
The measurement patterns on sticks of butter are very helpful, however not especially valuable when you need metric measurements rather than standard U.S. measurements.
As we all know when we open a new stick of butter there are markings for 8 tablespoons, but if you’re cooking from a recipe that uses metric measurements and calls for ingredients by weight it’s helpful to know how many cups is a stick of butter.
How many cups is a stick of butter? | What number of cups in a stick of butter?
A Stick of Butter measurements
Originally, it is very difficult to give an answer to this question because the measurements pattern on sticks of butter are not similar around the world. It can be different measurements in different countries.
- One stick of butter is equivalent to ½ cup.
When looking at a standard stick of butter:
- 1 stick melted or a stick solid of butter = ½ cup= 4 Oz = 113 grams.
Basically, 1 stick of butter is equivalent to ½ cup. So if you need 1 cup of butter in a recipe, you will simply use 2 sticks.
Quickly, it should be understood how a stick of butter is measured and weighed around the world.
In the US, butter is measured in cups but the measurements are often given in “sticks”. In Canadian recipes, butter is often measured by volume, not by weight and in European and British recipes, by weight.
A butter that is mostly sold in packages of ½ pound or 1-pound and within these packages the butter is divided into pre-wrapped sticks weighing a ¼ pound (or 4 ounces/110g) each, which equals ½ cupas well. The wrapping on each stick which shows tablespoon measures (8 tablespoons per stick).
- 1 tablespoon butter = ½ ounce/15g
- 1 stick butter = 8 tablespoons = ½ cup = 4 ounces/115g.
In the US, butter is measured in many different ways: cups, tablespoons, ounces, and pounds, but many recipes also call for “sticks”.
1 stick melted or a stick solid of butter is easily understood as ½ cup which also means 4 Oz or 8 tbsp. or 115 grams.
So, in the charts at the bottom, I have tried to provide a variety of different conversions to try to clear up some of the misperceptions. Here are the counterparts of some common weights and volumes:
|Butter by volume||Butter by weight||Butter sticks|
|2 cups / 500 mL||1 lb (16 Oz) / 454 g||4|
|1 cup / 250 mL||1/2 lb (8 Oz) / 227 g||2|
|½ cup /125 mL||1/4 lb (4 Oz) / 115 g||1|