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How Many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon?
When working with a limited set of measuring spoons or scaling your favorite recipes up or down, memorizing this kitchen fact will save time: 1 tablespoon equals 3 teaspoons.
For everything else, use this list of measurement conversions.
- How many teaspoons in a tablespoon? 1 U.S. tablespoon = 3 U.S. teaspoons
- How many teaspoons in a ½ tablespoon? ½ U.S. tablespoon = 1½ U.S. teaspoons
- How many ¼ teaspoons in a tablespoon? 1 U.S. tablespoon = 12 U.S. ¼ teaspoons
- How many teaspoons in 3 tablespoons? 3 U.S. tablespoons = 9 U.S. teaspoons
- How many tablespoons in a ¼ cup? ¼ U.S. cup = 4 tablespoons
What’s the Difference Between Imperial and Metric Measuring Spoons?
Teaspoons and tablespoons are used in the United States and around the world, but they’re not exactly the same. The U.S., Liberia, and Myanmar use the Imperial system while the rest of the world uses the metric system.
- In the Imperial system, 1 tablespoon equals ½ fluid ounce (14.79 milliliters).
- A metric tablespoon, however, equals exactly 15 milliliters.
- Similarly, one U.S. teaspoon equals ⅙ fluid ounce (4.93 milliliters), just slightly less than the 5-milliliter metric teaspoon.
These differences in volume are small enough that American and metric measuring spoons can be easily interchanged without significantly altering a recipe.