Have you ever been baking and couldn’t find a clean tablespoon? You wonder, “How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon?” Or, “How many tablespoons in ¼ cup?” Keep this easy conversion in mind, or print the free chart. 

No, this is not a Common Core math problem. Whether half of your measuring spoons have gone missing or are in the dishwasher, or you’re halving a batch of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, this is a great conversion to know. 

As easy as it may sound, knowing how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon can make or break your dish. This measurement conversion has troubled many cooks all over the world. Wrong teaspoon-tablespoon conversion can easily change how your dish tastes, smells, and looks.

Before we get to the answer, it’s important to know the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon.

A teaspoon, half teaspoon, and tablespoon sit on a counter to show the size difference.

What is the Difference Between a Teaspoon and a Tablespoon?

A teaspoon is kitchen cutlery typically used for adding sugar and stirring hot drinks. It can also be used as a tool for measuring the volume of small ingredients such as salt, oils, spices, and more. A standard teaspoon holds about 5ml. The abbreviation for teaspoon is tsp. 

A tablespoon, on the other hand, is a larger spoon used especially for eating and serving food. The abbreviation for tablespoon is tbsp. 

So, How Many Teaspoons Are in a Tablespoon? There are 3! 

One of the biggest fears for many cooks is ruining a dish because they added too little or too much salt, spices, baking powder, etc. Knowing how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon can save you this stress.

There are 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon (15ml). Ensure you memorize this kitchen measurement conversion for smoother cooking experiences.

There are three teaspoons in a tablespoon. Given the increments of four in cups and quarts, this can be tough to remember.  

If your tablespoon is ever dirty, you can just use your teaspoon instead. You can also use a teaspoon to measure out a cup, as they both measure volume. As a baseline, there’s 12 teaspoons in a quarter cup. 

The only time it’s different is when you’re measuring out herbs. Dried herbs are about three times as strong as fresh herbs. So, if a recipe calls for a tablespoon of fresh thyme, you’d only need a teaspoon if you’re using dried herbs. 

Are the Unit Measurements for Tablespoons and Teaspoons the Same Around the World?

Tablespoons and teaspoons are used all over the world, but they’re not exactly the same. In the U.S. we use the U.S. contemporary system, while the U.K. uses the British Imperial System, and other countries use the metric system. The U.S. tablespoon measures a half fluid ounces (14.79ml), while in the metric system, a tablespoon measures 15ml. A U.S. teaspoon equals one-sixth fluid ounces (4.93ml), while the metric teaspoon measures 5ml. 

Nonetheless, these differences in volume are negligible and can be used interchangeably without a significant effect on your dish. The difference would be very small when measuring small amounts such as vanilla. However, it is important to consider differences when using larger quantities. For example, a gallon of milk in the US is 3,785 ml, while in Great Britain it’s 4,546 ml! 

I have noticed many cute measuring spoon sets sold in craft stores, and those are often not entirely accurate. Be sure you own a good set. I use and love a magnetic set you can get through my Amazon Affiliate link (this means I make a small commission when you order) here.  

How Many Teaspoons Are in a Half Tablespoon? 

There are  1 ½ teaspoons in a half tablespoon. This is an easy conversion that will likely result in an accurate measurement for things like baking powder and spices. 

How Many Grams in a Tablespoon

There are approximately 14 grams in a tablespoon. However, as a gram is a measure of mass or weight, so the measuring spoon size per gram will depend on the ingredient. A kitchen scale would be a better choice for measuring in grams. 

How Many Ml in a Tablespoon

There are 15 milliliters (Ml) in a tablespoon. 

How Many Tablespoons in an Ounce 

There are 2 tablespoons in an ounce. This conversion will come in handy if you don’t have a liquid measuring cup. Baby bottles also work well for measuring ounces. 

How Many Tablespoons in a Cup

There are 16 tablespoons in a cup. As teaspoons, tablespoons, and cups all measure volume, you can convert between them. Accuracy may be compromised when measuring this many, so I’d recommend using measuring cups unless you really don’t have any. 

How Many Tablespoons in a Quarter Cup

There are 4 tablespoons in ¼ cup. This is a good conversion to remember and one I use often. 


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