How many teaspoons in a tablespoon
Apr 14, 2020, Updated Mar 27, 2023
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How many teaspoons in a tablespoon? Have you found yourself asking this question when in the kitchen?
Measurements are an important part of cooking and baking. There are a few common ones that are great to know by memory.
How many teaspoons in a tablespoon?
There are exactly 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon.
This is a useful measurement to memorize especially when it comes to measuring ingredients such as leaveners, spices, like this sloppy joe spice mix and oils. It also saves you time when you are in the kitchen.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the kitchen and wanted to double or half a recipe, especially when it comes to spice blends like this apple pie spice and had to search how to adjust the measurements on my phone or computer.
That’s why I made this printable cheat sheet. I laminated the sheet and keep it in my kitchen for quick reference.
Download this Kitchen Conversion Reference Chart:
More common kitchen conversions
Now that you have the answer to this common kitchen conversion question, here is a list of other common ones that might come in handy.
- How many teaspoons in a tablespoon? 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
- How many tablespoons in a 1/4 cup? 1/4 cup =4 tablespoons
- How many tablespoons in 1 oz? 1 oz = 2 tablespoons
- How many ounces in 1 cup? 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces
Difference between Imperial and Metric measurements?
The United States, Liberia and Myanmar use the Imperial system when it comes to measuring. The rest of the world uses the metric system.
- One U.S. teaspoon equals 1/6 fluid oz (4.94 mL) which is a little less than the metric 5 mL teaspoon.
- One U.S. tablespoon equals 1/2 fluid oz (14.79 mL) and a metric tablespoon equals exactly 15 mL
The difference is very small so when it comes to cooking they can be used the same.
Did you know there is also something called a dessert spoon? This is a measurement used in Australia, New Zealand and Canada equal to 10 mL.
Are wet and dry ingredients measured the same?
Yes, they are measured the same when it comes to cups, tablespoons and teaspoons. Wet ingredients should be measured in a liquid measuring cup so that they don’t spill.
To measure dry ingredients, fill the spoon or cup all the way to the top and then level off with a knife or spoon.
One thing to note, measuring dry and wet ounces is not the same because it is the weight of the ingredient.
Abbreviations for teaspoon and tablespoon
When following recipes you will notice that many times measurement abbreviations are used.
Teaspoon is all lowercase “tsp” and Tablespoon is “Tbsp” with a capital “T”.
Best measuring spoons and cups
When we moved last year I finally decided to get a new set of measuring cups and spoons. I had been using the same ones since college!
I found these awesome magnetic ones that stick together so you don’t loose them and makes them easy to store. They come in these fun colors or black.
Don’t forget to download this Kitchen Conversions reference so you can easily find answers to your measuring questions.
***Let me know if you have anymore questions about measuring ingredients in the comments below.