Convert Tablespoons to Teaspoons

Enter the amount of sugar in tablespoons below to get the value converted to teaspoons.

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1 tbsp = 3 tsp

How to Convert Tablespoons of Sugar to Teaspoons

To convert a tablespoon measurement to a teaspoon measurement, multiply the sugar by the conversion ratio. One tablespoon of sugar is equal to 3 teaspoons, so use this simple formula to convert:

teaspoons = tablespoons × 3

The sugar in teaspoons is equal to the tablespoons multiplied by 3.

For example, here's how to convert 5 tablespoons to teaspoons using the formula above.
5 tbsp = (5 × 3) = 15 tsp

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 teaspoons 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.

Teaspoons

A teaspoon of sugar is equal to 1/3 of a tablespoon. A teaspoon is a measure of sugar volume.

The teaspoon is a US customary unit of sugar. Teaspoons can be abbreviated as tsp, and are also sometimes abbreviated as t, ts, or tspn. For example, 1 teaspoon can be written as 1 tsp, 1 t, 1 ts, or 1 tspn.