How Many Teaspoons Are in a Tablespoon?

Understanding basic kitchen math will save you tons of time in the kitchen. Have you ever wondered how many teaspoons  are in a tablespoon? This is one of the simplest kitchen equations to memorize, and you’ll be amazed how often it comes in handy.

Two sets of measuring spoons filled with various colorful spices, set on a dark backdrop. Learn how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon.

How Many Teaspoons Are in a Tablespoon?

1 tablespoon equals 3 teaspoons

As Ina Garten would say, “How simple is that?” Drill this into your brain, and you will never run out of measuring spoons again! Well, not as often.

However, if you’re scaling a recipe up or down, understanding how many teaspoons are in one tablespoon will offer you a lot more flexibility. I find it especially useful when adjusting spice blends.

For example, many of my recipes use pumpkin pie spice (such as these pumpkin dinner rolls).  If I don’t want to make a large batch, it’s easy for me to make a smaller quantity for the recipe. That way I can make sure that the spices stay fresh and aren’t sitting around when summer arrives.

More Kitchen Conversions

There are so many useful kitchen equations, but only a few that I refer to on a regular basis. Here are some of the more important ones, in my opinion:

  • 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
  • 16 tablespoons = 1 cup
  • 1 pint = 2 cups
  • 1 quart = 2 pints
  • 1 gallon = 4 quarts

You can read a more thorough list of kitchen conversions here, if you’d like to keep going. King Arthur Flour also has a handy ingredient measurement conversion chart which I refer to on occasion.

More Time Savers

Want another great time saver? Save yourself a trip to the store and learn how to make cake flour, bread flour, and self-rising flour from all-purpose flour in this quick tutorial!

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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