How Many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon? (+ Printable Chart)

By Jessica Hylton -

If you can never remember how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon, you’re not alone. Learn some of the most basic cooking measurements and get a printable kitchen conversion chart!

A Spoon Scooping the Top Layer of Chocolate Over the Peanut Butter

Most of the common kitchen measurements are simply fractions of larger measurements. My husband can never remember how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon. I, however, drilled them into my memory years ago!

Sometimes I want to turn a small recipe into more servings for meal prep or a dinner party, but converting kitchen measurements can be tricky. You definitely don’t want to accidentally triple or quadruple the salt!

When it comes to these small units of kitchen measurement, it’s a waste to whip out a scale for 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Almost all my recipes I know has a teaspoon or tablespoon for something from seasonings to baking soda.

Whether you’re looking this up for the first or the millionth time, you’re not alone. I’ve got some simple conversions I use all the time and a handy dandy conversion chart to save on your phone or print for your fridge.

How to Convert Teaspoons to Tablespoons

To convert teaspoons to tablespoons, you just need some basic multiplication!

So, a teaspoon is ⅓ of a tablespoon. There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon.

You need 6 teaspoons for 2 tablespoons. Once you learn the basics, it’s easy to increase or decrease as needed!

The Most Common Kitchen Measurement Conversions

Sometimes it’s handy to know 34 teaspoons is 1/32 of a gallon, but it’s not a kitchen conversion I use often. Here’s some of the most frequently used conversions in my kitchen:

  • 4 tablespoons = ¼ cup
  • 8 tablespoons = ½ cup
  • 16 tablespoons = 1 cup
  • 1 cup = 8 fluid ounces
  • 1 cup = 1/2 pint
  • 4 cups = 1 quart
  • 2 pints = 1 quart
  • 32 fluid ounces = 4 cups
  • 2 quarts = 1/2 gallon
  • 1 stick of butter = 8 tablespoons

From here, you can double any recipe or cut it in half with ease. Turn any recipe into a week’s worth of meal prep with these tricks!

Measurements Around the World

When you’re talking about kitchen measurements, there’s the imperial system and the metric system. These measurements are for the imperial system, which is only used in the United States, Liberia, and Myanmar today.

What’s the difference? Imperial measurements revolve around cups and pounds, whereas grams and liters are used for metric measurements for dry and liquid ingredients, respectively.

If you’re wondering how to convert imperial teaspoons and tablespoons to metric options, there’s a few tips to remember:

  • 1 U.S. tablespoon is .5 fluid ounces. A metric tablespoon, however, is precisely 15 mL.
  • 1 U.S. teaspoon is 1/6 of a fluid ounce. It’s just a smidge less than a 5mL metric teaspoon.

Luckily, these measurements are so similar, you can easily use a 1:1 swap to convert. Just taste as you go!

When it comes to baking, however, measuring by weight is always king.

Easy Meal Prep Recipes

A measuring spoon and cup kitchen conversion chart for teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints, and quarts

Be sure to save this kitchen conversions printable for easy reference any time you need to convert teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints, or quarts! Click here for the PDF version.

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