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How Many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon

In this article we will find out how many teaspoons1 in a tablespoon2. Some people confuse between teaspoons and tablespoons, though their differences seem to be obvious. First of all, teaspoons, as units of volume, are much smaller than tablespoons. It is like comparing the items of cutlery bearing the same names. You will never mix up a teaspoon and a tablespoon in a restaurant of a café, won’t you? Teaspoons and tablespoons are mostly used in cookbooks and pharmaceutical prescriptions.

Different Tablespoons

Now we will discuss different definitions of these measurement units accepted in various countries.

In most regions, where they are used for measuring solids, the tablespoon equals to half a fluid ounce, which is about 15 metric milliliters. This variant of the tablespoon is accepted in the USA, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan. Their teaspoon has 1/6 fluid ounce and about 5 metric milliliters.

The same teaspoon is used in Australia, but the Australian variant of the tablespoon is larger. It contains 2/3 fluid ounce and 20 metric milliliters.

How Many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon

Now that we know how many fluid ounces and milliliters there are in a teaspoon and a tablespoon, we can count easily how many teaspoons in a tablespoon:

It is not difficult to remember, is it?

Teaspoons, Tablespoons, and Other Units of Volume

Sometimes you may want to find out how many teaspoons or tablespoons there are in other units of volume. The following table will be a great help to you.

US Tablespoons
Australian Tablespoons
One US tablespoon
One Australian tablespoon
One US fluid ounce
One US cup
One pint
  1. Tablespoon (abbr. tblspn, tblsp, tbsp, tbs, tb) is a widely-spread unit of measuring volume used in the USA, Australia and other countries. The US tablespoon equals to approximately 15 metric milliliters. The Australian tablespoon has about 20 milliliters.
  2. Teaspoon (abbr. tspn, tsp, ts, t) is a unit which is used to measure volume. It is common for cookbooks and pharmaceutical prescriptions. One teaspoon equals to approximately 5 metric milliliters.
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