How Many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon?

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Do you ever find yourself in the kitchen, trying to figure out how many teaspoons in a tablespoon? Well, no need to worry.

When measuring ingredients for your favorite recipes, it’s important to know the difference between teaspoons and tablespoons.

However, not to worry if you don’t have any spoons on hand when cooking.

Here I will show you how to convert units of measurement.

Use the conversion tables shown here or bookmark, print or save the conversion charts.

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How Many Teaspoons Are In A Tablespoon?

There are three teaspoons in one tablespoon.

This means that if a recipe calls for one tablespoon of sugar, you can use three teaspoons instead and still get the same amount of sweetness.

This also works with other ingredients, like spices or baking soda, so it’s good to remember this trick when measuring out your ingredients. 

What Is A Tablespoon?

A tablespoon is a unit of volume and one of the most common measurements used in cooking and baking.

It is also known by it’s abbreviation, “tbsp.” or sometimes, “T”.

One tablespoon is equal to 15 milliliters or 1/2 fluid ounce.

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What Is A Teaspoon?

A teaspoon is a common kitchen unit of measurement used for measuring small amounts of liquid or dry ingredients.

It’s also known by the abbreviation “tsp.” or sometimes “t”.

One teaspoon is equal to 5 milliliters.

Dry Teaspoon

A dry teaspoon is a spoon that measures out dry ingredients like sugar, flour, spices, baking powder, etc.

Wet Teaspoon

A wet teaspoon is a spoon that measures out liquid ingredients like oil, water, syrup, etc.

It’s important to use the right type of spoon when measuring your ingredients so that you get an accurate measurement.

Teaspoon to Tablespoon Conversion

  • 3 tsp in 1 tbsp
  • 6 tsp in 2 tbsp
  • 9 tsp in 3 tbsp
  • 12 tsp in 4 tbsp
Teaspoon to tablespoon conversion chart. How many teaspoon in a tablespoon.

How To Measure With Teaspoons

Measuring with teaspoons is relatively straightforward.

The amount of ingredient in the teaspoon should be equal to the amount that your recipe calls for.

Measuring Dry Ingredients 

When measuring dry ingredients such as sugar or flour with a teaspoon, it’s important to remember that dry ingredients tend to pack down more than wet ingredients do.

To get an accurate measurement for dry ingredients do the following:

  • Step 1: Lightly scoop the teaspoon into the ingredient, being careful not to pack it down.
  • Step 2: Level the spoon off with a flat surface like the back of a knife or another teaspoon.
  • Step 3: Empty the contents of the spoon into your bowl or measuring cup. 
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Measuring Wet Ingredients 

When measuring wet ingredients such as oil or syrup with a teaspoon, it’s important to remember that wet ingredients tend to “slosh” around in the spoon more than dry ingredients do.

To get an accurate measurement for wet ingredients do the following:

  • Step 1: Fill the teaspoon with the wet ingredient up to the brim.
  • Step 2: Empty the contents of the spoon into your bowl or measuring cup.

This should give you an accurate measurement for the wet ingredient.

No matter what type of ingredients you’re measuring, following these simple steps should get you an accurate measurement every time!

Teaspoon to Cup Conversion

  • 3 tsp equals 1/16 of a cup.
  • 6 tsp equal 1/8 of a cup.
  • 12 tsp equals 1/4 of a cup.
  • 24 tsp equals 1/2 cup.
  • 48 tsp equals 1 cup.
Volume conversion chart. How many teaspoons are in a cup.

Imperial (US) System vs. Metric System

In the US, recipes often use volume measurements like teaspoons and tablespoons.

However, in other countries, metric measurements are often used.

In the metric system, one tablespoon is equal to 20 milliliters and one teaspoon is equal to 5 milliliters.

It’s important to remember this if you’re following a recipe that was written in another country.

Other Conversion Charts

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How Many Ounces In A Pound?

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many teaspoons are in 1 tablespoon? 

1 tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons

How many teaspoons there are in a ½ tablespoon?

½ tablespoon as 1½ teaspoons.

How many teaspoons are in 3 tablespoons? 

3 tablespoons has 9 teaspoons.

How many tablespoons in ¼ cup? 

¼ cup has 4 tablespoons.

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