How Many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon?

How Many Teaspoons in a Tablespoon?

Knowing how many teaspoons in a tablespoon will save you a lot of stress and time while cooking. Especially when scaling a recipe up or down, know the proper amount of spices, baking powder, salt, can prevent a disaster in the kitchen.

There’s nothing like ruining a dish just because you added too little or too many spices, salt, or baking powder. 


How Many Teaspoons Make a Tablespoon?

There are 3 teaspoons in one tablespoon.

Every cook should memorize this basic kitchen measurement conversion. It will come in handy when cooking and adjusting your recipes. 

However, it is important to note that in the metric system, a teaspoon is 5ml and a tablespoon is 20mls. Therefore, there would be 4 teaspoons in a tablespoon.


Reasons Why You Should Know How Many Teaspoons Are in a Tablespoon?

Adding the wrong amount of salt can ruin a dish.

There is no doubt that salt makes a dish taste better. It elevates the natural aroma in the dish and lowers the unpleasant tastes. Basically, food without salt tastes one dimensional and boring, so you need enough salt to bring out the flavors and allow the dish to shine. 

If the dish calls for 1 tablespoon of salt, it is better to gradually add the salt to reach the desired amount so that the flavors can meld. You add 1 teaspoon, taste it and then repeat the process until you like the result. Knowing that it takes 3 teaspoons to make 1 tablespoon allows you to start by adding 1 teaspoon at a time until you get to 1 tablespoon.

Note that a lot of this has to do with personal preference. 

Some Tips for Adding the Correct Amount of Salt to a Dish

For each pound of vegetables typically 1 teaspoon of salt is needed.

For 4 cups of water to cook pasta needs about 1 tablespoon of salt.

For 1 cup of rice, use 1/2-3/4 teaspoon of salt.


Will Adding the Wrong Amount of Baking Powder Affect My Baked Goods?

Yes, adding the incorrect amount of baking powder can definitely ruin your baked goods. Too little baking powder can result in your baked goods falling or prevent it from rising, and too much can taste bitter or metallic, so it is very important to correctly measure your baking powder.

Typically, 1 cup of flour requires 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder.


Cooking Conversion Chart

Here is a Cooking Measurement Conversion Chart that I have memorized. It is essential in cooking, since I use it whenever I am scaling a recipe up or down, my measuring spoon or cup is missing, or it is already used and I don’t want to stop and wash it up in the middle of testing a recipe.



Download Measurement Chart



Dev Marie

Hi there, I’m Dev, a Jersey girl now residing in Florida, and a first generation Jamaican immigrant. As a passionate foodie adventurist, I love to create comfort dishes using exotic ingredients from all over the world.

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