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How Many ml In A Tablespoon

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Knowing how many ml are in a tablespoon is essential as the imperial units of measurement for volume are not at all approximative!

While many people see a tablespoon or a teaspoon as basic cutlery items, they are also very specific units that are used to measure volume.

How Many ml In A Tablespoon?

How Many Milliliters Are In A Tablespoon?

A tablespoon is a unit of volume defined in imperial measurements as 3 teaspoons, but also as 1/16 of a cup, or 1/2 United States fluid ounce.

Did You Know?

A tablespoon is also equivalent to 4 fluid drams which is a unit of volume that comes from the Greek drachm.

In the international system of units of measure (or metrics) a US cup measures 236ml.

As a result, a tablespoon measures precisely 14.7868 milliliters (ml in SI). Which is most of the time rounded to 15 ml.

However, it’s not all that simple as not all countries have the same conventions!

  • A UK Tablespoon measures exactly 15ml, and a teaspoon is 5ml.
  • An Australian Tablespoon has a volume of 20ml but with the same 5ml tablespoon.
  • A Metric Tablespoon is also 15ml, but it is very rarely used. Most people using the metric system use ml.

Because tablespoons are a specific unit of measure, it’s essential to buy proper measuring spoons instead of using any type of tablespoons.

It’s quite likely to your regular teaspoons or tablespoons are far from measuring 5ml and 15ml!

Volume Conversion Chart

The best way to convert tablespoons and teaspoons to mL is to use Google’s converter.

By just Googling “1 tablespoon in ml“, you get the immediate answer!

The way to convert is by multiplying the number of tablespoons by 15. Doing so might be challenging, but it’s way easier to actually first multiply by 5, then by 3.

For example, 8 tablespoons are 8x5x3 = 40×3 = 120ml.

But you can also use the following conversion chart that also includes US cups.

Cup (US)Tablespoon (US)Teaspoon (US)Metric (Rounded)
2 Cups32 Tablespoons96 Teaspoons480ml
1 Cup16 Tablespoons48 Teaspoons240ml
3/4 Cup12 Tablespoons36 Teaspoons180ml
2/3 Cup10 Tablespoons + 2 Teaspoons32 Teaspoons160ml
1/2 Cup8 Tablespoons24 Teaspoons120ml
1/3 Cup5 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon16 Teaspoons80ml
1/4 Cup4 Tablespoons12 Teaspoons60ml
1/6 Cup2 Tablespoons + 2 Teaspoons8 Teaspoons40ml
1/8 Cup2 Tablespoons6 Teaspoons30ml
1/16 Cup1 Tablespoon3 Teaspoons15ml
1/2 Tablespoon1 1/2 Teaspoons7.5ml
1/3 Tablespoon1 Teaspoon5ml
1/2 Teaspoon2.5ml
Tablespoon to Metric Volume conversion chart

How Many mL Are In A Teaspoon?

A US teaspoon (tsp) is a third of a US tablespoon (tbsp). As a result, a US teaspoon measures precisely 4.92892 mL, rounded to 5mL.

Dry Measurements

When a recipe calls for a tablespoon of a dry ingredient such as almond flour or coconut flour, it is meant to represent the equivalent volume.

As a result, a tablespoon of dry ingredients should be measured after leveling without pressing.

Some recipes occasionally call for a heaped or rounded tablespoon, in which case the measurement doesn’t need to be accurate and you don’t have to level it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does ml mean?

Ml means milliliter, it’s a unit of measure in the SI (International System) of units that is defined as 1/1000 (from the prefix milli-) of a liter.
Since a liter is equivalent to 1000 cubic centimeters, 1ml = 1cubic cm. Hence why one tablespoon is also 15 cubic centimeters.

How Many Cubic Inch In a Tablespoon?

One Tablespoon contains approximately 0.9 cubic inches.

How Many ml in one litre?

Litres are the base unit of measure for volumes in the metric system. One liter contains 1,000ml.

Is 1 tbsp the same as 5ml?

No, the tbsp abbreviation (also found as the uppercase letter T) describes a tablespoon or 15ml in the USA (20ml in Australia).
5ml is the volume of a teaspoon, abbreviated tsp (or the lowercase letter t).
On Sweetashoney, to avoid any confusion, we always write the full Tablespoon or Teaspoon!

Carine Claudepierre

About The Author

Carine Claudepierre

Hi, I'm Carine, the food blogger, author, recipe developer, and founder of Sweet As Honey.

I'm passionate about sharing easy, tasty recipes that are both delicious and healthy

Cooking and Baking is my true passion. In fact, I only share a small portion of my recipes on Sweetashoney. Most of them are eaten by my husband and my two kids before I have time to take any pictures!

Browse all my recipes here.

I hope that you too find the recipes you love on Sweetashoney!

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