Convert Tablespoons to Grams

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1 tbsp = 12.5 g

How to Convert Tablespoons of Sugar to Grams

To convert a tablespoon measurement to a gram measurement, multiply the sugar by the conversion ratio. One tablespoon of sugar is equal to 12.5 grams, so use this simple formula to convert:

grams = tablespoons × 12.5

The sugar in grams is equal to the tablespoons multiplied by 12.5.

For example, here's how to convert 5 tablespoons to grams using the formula above.
5 tbsp = (5 × 12.5) = 62.5 g

While experts usually suggest measuring dry ingredients by weight since it's more accurate,[1] some recipes call for ingredients by volume and many of us don't have a scale when we need one. Because the density of different types of sugar vary, it may not be obvious how to convert between a weight and volume measurements.

This table shows the approximate volume measurement for various weights of sugar, by type to help with the conversion.

Sugar Weight to Volume Conversion Table

Gram measurements and equivalent tablespoons measurements for various types of sugar.
Grams Tablespoons (Granulated) Tablespoons (Brown) Tablespoons (Powdered) Tablespoons (Raw)
5 g 1/3 tbsp 1/3 tbsp 2/3 tbsp 1/3 tbsp
10 g 3/4 tbsp 3/4 tbsp 1 1/4 tbsp 2/3 tbsp
15 g 1 1/4 tbsp 1 1/4 tbsp 1 3/4 tbsp 3/4 tbsp
20 g 1 2/3 tbsp 1 2/3 tbsp 2 1/2 tbsp 1 1/4 tbsp
25 g 2 tbsp 2 tbsp 3 1/4 tbsp 1 2/3 tbsp
30 g 2 1/3 tbsp 2 1/3 tbsp 3 3/4 tbsp 1 3/4 tbsp
35 g 2 3/4 tbsp 2 3/4 tbsp 4 1/2 tbsp 2 1/4 tbsp
40 g 3 1/4 tbsp 3 1/4 tbsp 5 1/8 tbsp 2 1/2 tbsp
45 g 3 2/3 tbsp 3 2/3 tbsp 5 3/4 tbsp 2 3/4 tbsp
50 g 4 tbsp 4 tbsp 6 1/3 tbsp 3 1/4 tbsp
55 g 4 1/3 tbsp 4 1/3 tbsp 7 1/8 tbsp 3 1/2 tbsp
60 g 4 3/4 tbsp 4 3/4 tbsp 7 2/3 tbsp 3 3/4 tbsp
65 g 5 1/4 tbsp 5 1/4 tbsp 8 1/3 tbsp 4 1/8 tbsp
70 g 5 2/3 tbsp 5 2/3 tbsp 8 3/4 tbsp 4 1/2 tbsp
75 g 6 tbsp 6 tbsp 9 2/3 tbsp 4 3/4 tbsp
80 g 6 1/3 tbsp 6 1/3 tbsp 10 1/4 tbsp 5 1/8 tbsp
85 g 6 3/4 tbsp 6 3/4 tbsp 10 3/4 tbsp 5 1/2 tbsp
90 g 7 1/4 tbsp 7 1/4 tbsp 11 1/2 tbsp 5 3/4 tbsp
95 g 7 2/3 tbsp 7 2/3 tbsp 12 1/8 tbsp 6 1/8 tbsp
100 g 8 tbsp 8 tbsp 12 3/4 tbsp 6 1/3 tbsp

Should I Measure Sugar by Weight or Volume?

Many experts are adamant that dry ingredients like sugar should be measured by weight instead of volume, especially when used for baking.

The reason is that the density of different sugars vary slightly, so volume measurements will likely yield an incorrect amount of ingredient. Additionally, when using a cup or tablespoon, the amount that the sugar is compressed and above or under the measurement line will alter the actual amount.

This is why most experts suggest using a food scale to measure sugar when cooking, rather than a cup, tablespoon, or other volume measuring devices.

Tablespoons and grams are both units used to measure sugar. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Tablespoons

A tablespoon of sugar is equal to 3 teaspoons or 1/16 of a cup. A tablespoon is a measure of sugar volume.

The tablespoon is a US customary unit of sugar. Tablespoons can be abbreviated as tbsp, and are also sometimes abbreviated as T, Tbls, or Tb. For example, 1 tablespoon can be written as 1 tbsp, 1 T, 1 Tbls, or 1 Tb.

Grams

One gram is 1/1000 of a kilogram. One gram of sugar is equal to roughly 0.035274 ounces or 0.00220462 pounds. A gram is a measure of sugar weight.

The gram, or gramme, is an SI unit of sugar in the metric system. Grams can be abbreviated as g, for example 1 gram can be written as 1 g.

References

  1. Nila Jones, The Best and Most Accurate Way to Measure Wet and Dry Ingredients for Baking, Serious Eats, https://www.seriouseats.com/2015/03/how-to-measure-wet-dry-ingredients-for-baking-accurately-best-method.html