My Recipe Calls for Butter in Gram Amounts, But I Only Have Sticks of Butter and No Scale

Posted on 02 Jun 2014 18:01

Some baking recipes call for ingredients to be weighed out. Pastry chefs might be more likely to weigh out ingredients like flour or even butter because weighing gives more precision.

But most of us cooking at home do not weigh out ingredients. If you have a recipe calling for a certain amount of butter in gram weight, and you only have sticks of butter, what do you do?

Well, the good news is that most sticks of butter will have the information you need written on them. You know that one stick of butter is 8 tablespoons. Four tablespoons is 1/4 cup. Eight tablespoons is 1/2 cup. One stick is 4 ounces. But what about grams? That's usually written on the label as well. One stick of butter is about 113 grams. To convert that to tablespoons, then, is simple. One tablespoon is about 14 grams. Actually, it is 14.18 grams, but you do not need to be that precise.

Formula for Converting Butter Grams to Tablespoons

All you need to do to figure out any gram amount in tablespoons is to divide the gram amount given in the recipe by 14. For example, 50 grams divided by 14 would give you 3.57. That means that you should use 3.5 tablespoons of butter. So, again, the equation is:

grams ÷ 14 = tablespoon amount

Round the tablespoon amount up or down as needed.


For simplicity, however, you might want to refer to this useful online butter converter. It will convert most common units to any other common unit. I've checked it for accuracy, and it works. It also reveals that blocks of butter measuring 75mm x 50mm x 35mm weigh exactly 125 grams.

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