How Many Teaspoons In A Tablespoon?

Wondering how many teaspoons in a tablespoon? Committing this easy kitchen equation to memory will save you loads of time when cooking and baking!

how many teaspoons in a tablespoon three teaspoons and one tablespoon filled with spices

How Many Teaspoons In A Tablespoon?

If you’re anything like me, keeping track of various kitchen conversions has not always been a priority. I’ve always meant to commit a few key formulas to memory, but never quite got them down.

And like me, I bet you’ve found yourself scurrying to the computer mid-recipe, frantically google searching for answers to various kitchen conversion questions. Yeap. I’ve been there and done that.

So I decided it was time to go ahead and memorize a few key formulas. The kind of kitchen math that would prevent me from wasting valuable time searching for information.

The answer to how many teaspoons in a tablespoon is….there are 3 teaspoons in 1 tablespoon. Simple, right?

silver teaspoon and tablespoon measuring spoons lined up on a counter top

And now that I know 1 tablespoon equals 3 teaspoons, I am saving all sorts of time in the kitchen. Want to know how?

Well, now I can easily adjust my recipes and scale them up or down when needed. When I’m doubling a recipe that calls for 1 1/2 teaspoons, I know I need 1 tablespoon. No more flour-covered google searching required!

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Kitchen Measurements

Tablespoons and teaspoons are units of volume. Typically these kitchen measurements are used for smaller quantities of both wet and dry ingredients like spices and extracts. You’ll find teaspoons and tablespoons in both metric and imperial systems for baking and cooking.

Imperial vs Metric

Most countries around the world use the Metric System of measurements, which includes likes meters, grams and liters. However, the Imperial System still prevails in the United States and measurements are done in feet, inches, and pounds. Instant Pot.

Luckily, both systems recognize teaspoons, tablespoons and cups as measurements of volume that are specific to cooking.

nested measuring spoons set on a counter

In fact, I find myself converting all sorts of measurements to tablespoons. For example, knowing how many tablespoons are in a stick of butter is something that I find quite useful {there are 8 tablespoons in a stick of butter, BTW}.

Download My Free Printable Kitchen Conversion Chart

And friends, because I want to help you save time in the kitchen too, I’ve put together a super helpful Kitchen Conversions Chart that includes all of the measurement conversions you need.

Yeap. With this chart you can quickly find answers to questions like, how many tablespoons are in a cup? And how many cups are in a pint?

Just sign up below to get access to my free printables library and download this easy to reference kitchen conversion chart!

I find that when baking, it is important that your measurements be quite precise. So follow the tips below to ensure you get an accurate measurement.

When cooking other types of dishes, your measurements can be a little more flexible. If you are unsure, it’s always best to start with less as you can always add more.

How To Measure Ingredients Properly

  1. Use the appropriate size of measuring cup or spoon for the job.
  2. For dry ingredients (flour, sugar, spices), completely fill the vessel to the top and make sure it is level. Use the back of a kitchen knife to scrape across the top to flatten.
  3. Measure liquid ingredients in cups or jugs that are designed to measure liquids. Don’t use your dry ingredient cups! Set the vessel on a flat, even surface and position yourself so the measurement mark is at eye level.
tablespoon and teaspoon measuring spoons filled with flour

More Kitchen Conversions

Here are a few more conversions that I find myself using the most:

  • 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
  • 16 tablespoons = 1 cup
  • 2 cups = 1 pint
  • 1 quart = 2 pints
  • 1 gallon = 4 quarts
four measuring spoons filled with various spices

More Kitchen Tips and Homemade Seasonings

Time Saving Recipes

Looking for great tasting recipes that are quick and easy to make? Then you’ll want to give these a try:

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  1. This is such a helpful post, thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely be printing off your chart and sticking it to the inside of my kitchen cupboard, it will save me tons of time so thank you!

  2. It can be so difficult to get your head around conversions. I often find a US recipe that I like online and end up giving up because I can’t figure out what the UK measurements are!!

  3. I love that the conversion chart is easily downloadable. I’m forever getting my measuring spoons out as I am in slimming world as it’s all by measuring and weighing

  4. That’s a really useful conversion chart to download, thanks. I always foget and have to get our my measuring spoons or scales to get things weighted as I’m not great doing it by eye. Mich x

  5. That conversions chart looks so handy! I’m useless and have no idea when it comes to things like this! I’ll remember now thought that there are three teaspoons in a tablespoon!

  6. I have to admit I get so confused over amount, but I am definitely going to try and remember this – I am sure it will come in useful at so many different times.