Convert Grams to Cups (without Sifting the Flour)

Converting grams to cups is a tricky thing to do when it comes to flour. It is simply not precise at all. If you check a measurement chart, it will tell you a cup of sifted all-purpose flour is equal to 120 grams. However, if you scoop the flour with a measuring cup, you might end up with 180 grams flour or more in one cup. Even sifting flour into a measuring cup will yield different weights, depending on the type of flour you’re using (I never got 120 grams by the way). Plus, it takes extra time to sift the flour, and leaves a mess on the kitchen counter.

For cooking Chinese dumplings and buns, precise measurement of flour is not a requirement if you’re familiar with the cooking process. You can always add a bit more or less water by judging the texture of the dough. However, an accurate measurement will prevent you from cooking failure. Especially if you’re a beginner at Chinese cooking.

How to measure flour with a cup

The perfect solution to this problem is getting an electric scale. I highly recommend you buy one, because it will save you a lot of trouble in the future.

If you don’t have an electric scale, you can follow the process below:

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  • Scoop flour with a smaller spoon.
  • Shake the flour into the measuring cup.
  • Level the flour with the back of the knife (or a chopstick).
  • For measuring teaspoons and tablespoons, scoop flour directly and use a knife to level the flour

The following conversions are calculated based on this method.

Convert grams to cups

*Please note, the measurements below are based on scooping the flour into the measuring cup instead of sifting the flour. It is intended to help you speeding up the measuring process.

Measurements on Omnivore’s Cookbook

  • 1 cup = 250 milliliter
  • 1 tablespoon = 15 milliliter
  • 1 teaspoon = 5 milliliter

All-Purpose Flour

  • 1 cup = 150 grams
  • 1 tablespoon = 10 grams
  • 1 teaspoon = 3 grams

Bread Flour

  • 1 cup = 140 grams
  • 1 tablespoon = 9 grams
  • 1 teaspoon = 3 grams

Cake Flour

  • 1 cup=135 grams
  • 1 tablespoon = 8 grams
  • 1 teaspoon = 3 grams

Glutinous Rice Flour

  • 1 cup = 130 grams
  • 1 tablespoon = 8 grams
  • 1 teaspoon = 3 grams

Corn Flour

  • 1 cup = 145 grams
  • 1 tablespoon = 10 grams
  • 1 teaspoon = 3 grams
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Born and raised in Beijing, Maggie now calls Texas home. She’s learned to love barbecue, but her heart belongs to the food she grew up with. For her, Omnivore’s Cookbook is all about introducing cooks to real-deal Chinese dishes, which can be as easy as a 30-minute stir-fry or as adventurous as making your own dim sum. Recipes, step-by-step photos and video are the tools she uses to share her knowledge—and her enthusiasm for Chinese food.

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3 thoughts on “Convert Grams to Cups (without Sifting the Flour)

  1. Charlie Wlson

    I am reading your article on converting grams of flour to cups. I sometimes bake bread, make biscuits and home made egg noodles. So I followed your article perfectly. Your statement that for home cooking exact measurements are probably less important than judging texture and feel of the dough is right on. After I followed some recipes and got the idea, I practiced until I knew what the dough should look like and feel like, and that is how I do it now. I really like your website.

    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Charlie, I’m glad to hear the post was helpful! I totally agree with you. I found a lot of Asian noodles and dumpling recipes don’t require exact measurement. On the other hand, I do prefer to use scale whenever I bake a cake or pastry.
      You made a great point here, that the description of the texture of the dough matters a lot. I’ll be pay more attention and add this information to my future recipes.
      Happy New Year and have a great weekend! 🙂