How many teaspoons in a tablespoon



Need an instant calculation for how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? Want to convert tablespoons to cups? Want to scale up or down a recipe? Here is the ultimate measurement tool and conversion chart to make cooking a breeze!

how many teaspoons in a tablespoon

Knowing how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon is essential for cooking and working with recipes.

Teaspoons and tablespoons are units of measurements. They are most often used when working with smaller amounts of ingredients, like spices, baking agents, salt, and extracts.

Understanding the difference between the two and how to scale up and down recipes using them both will come in handy, especially if you don’t have access to measuring cups or a kitchen scale.

How Many teaspoons in a tablespoon? 

A tablespoon contains 3 teaspoons.

Remembering this simple conversion will make it easy for you to adjust ingredients in your recipes as per your taste and recipe’s requirement. 

However, this only applies to the imperial measurement system. If the recipe you are following uses the metric system, the conversion with be a little different. In the metric system, a teaspoon is equal to 5 ml, and a tablespoon is 20 ml.

Imperial system: 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon (15 ml).

Metric system: 4 teaspoons in a tablespoon (20 ml).

Imperial Dry Measurements Conversions Chart 

For many recipes, you’ll have to add dry ingredients, such as baking powder, flour, etc. To measure dry ingredients, you’ll need tablespoons and teaspoons. You’ll also often need cups, which is a bigger measurement tool than teaspoons and tablespoons. 

If you don’t have a measuring cup on hand, you can easily make these recipes using tablespoons and teaspoons. An understanding of converting tablespoons and teaspoons to cups will come in very handy.

Using the calculation that a tablespoon has 3 teaspoons will convert to a cup being 16 tablespoons OR 48 teaspoons.

One cup = 16 tablespoons OR 48 teaspoons.

The chart below shows the dry measurement conversions.


Tablespoon (tbsp)

Teaspoon (tsp)

1 cup

16 tablespoons

48 tsp

3/4 cup

12 tablespoons

36 tsp

2/3 cup

10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

32 tsp

1/2 cup

8 tablespoons

24 tsp

3/8 cup

6 tablespoons

18 tsp

1/3 cup

5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon

16 tsp

1/4 cup

4 tablespoons

12 tsp

1/6 cup

2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

8 tsp

1/8 cup

2 tablespoons

6 tsp

1/16 cup

1 tablespoon

3 tsp

Tips for Remembering Dry Measurements 

Here are some useful tips for remembering dry measurement conversions: 

For tablespoons to teaspoons 

As mentioned earlier, 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons, which makes 1 teaspoon = 1/3 tablespoon. 

If you want to tablespoon to a teaspoon, simply multiply the number of tablespoons by 3, and you’ll get the answer in teaspoons. Similarly, to get an answer in teaspoons, divide the tablespoons by 3 to get a measurement in tablespoons. 

For cups to tablespoons 

One cup contains 16 tablespoons. To know how many tablespoons you’ll need, multiply the number of cups used in the recipe by 16.  

How many tablespoons are in a teaspoon?

As a tablespoon is greater than a teaspoon, one teaspoon would equal 1/3 of a tablespoon.

How many teaspoons in a half a tablespoon?

There are 1 1/2 teaspoons in half a tablespoon, or 7.5 ml.

How many tablespoons are in a 1/4 cup?

There are 4 tablespoons in a 1/4 cup.

How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon UK?

There are 4 teaspoons in a UK tablespoon.

How many teaspoons in a tablespoon Australia?

In Australia, one tablespoon is equal to four teaspoons.

Does 2 tsp make 1 tbsp?

No, 2 tsp makes 2/3 of a tbsp. There are 3 tsp in 1 tbsp.

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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