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How Many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon?

Knowing basic cooking measurement conversions, such as how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon, can make a big difference in the kitchen. It allows you to confidently adjust recipes for different serving sizes and makes sure that your dishes turn out just right. So take the time to memorize these conversions and elevate your cooking game!


measuring spoon on counter with eggs and flour

For years I’ve been testing recipes, mostly to share with my readers, but also to hone my kitchen skills. Often it’s a matter of scaling to multiply, but also to divide, i.e., halve a recipe to feed 4 when it is written to feed 8. Or upgrade to serve 12.

That’s where these conversions have drilled themselves into my head. Of all the conversions to know, teaspoons to tablespoons has is one of the most useful that I’ve committed to memory.

How Many Teaspoons Are in a Tablespoon?

Remember this conversion for the future: 1 tablespoon equals exactly 3 teaspoons. Another way to state this: 1T = 3t.

If you’re scaling a recipe up or down, going from tablespoons to teaspoons isn’t as straightforward as scaling from cups. When you are making a recipe that calls for one cup, and you want to cut it in half, you simply use a half-cup measurement.

However, when you’re doubling a recipe that calls for one-and-a-half teaspoons, learning how to convert teaspoons to tablespoons can make your entire process much smoother. You’ll know that three teaspoons are equal to one tablespoon, so instead of scooping three teaspoons, you only have to measure once.

This is an invaluable tip for scaling everything from spices to salt to leaveners, like baking soda or baking powder, properly.


Measuring Spoon Tips

Keep your measuring spoons organized in order to make cooking, baking, and everything else you do in the kitchen a breeze!

This set of measuring spoons includes 1/2T (one-half tablespoon). While I know that 1/2T = 1 1/2t, having that handy size in reach is awesome.


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