Tablespoons to Grams Converter

Convert tablespoons to grams (US tbsp or Imperial tbsp). Calculate X tablespoons in grams for a specific ingredient such as water, sugar, salt, flour, etc. when preparing food following a recipe. Learn how many grams are in a tablespoon.

   
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  1. Tablespoons versus grams in recipes
  2. How much is one tablespoon in grams?
  3. Converting tablespoons to grams
  4. Tbsp to grams conversion tables

    Tablespoons versus grams in recipes

A tablespoon is a unit of volume used in home cooking and ocasionally in professional food preparation. The most often used definition is that of the US tablespoon defined as 15 ml of volume. Ingredient quantities in older recipes might use Imperial tablespoons which equal 18 ml of volume. Both units are supported in this converter.

The gram is an internationally recognized unit for measuring mass and is widely used for non-liquid ingredients in cooking and grocery shopping. It can be found on the labels of most supermarket shelves. Specifying recipe measurements in units of mass such as the gram is recommended as it fosters unambiguous interpretation and ensures one is able to follow the recipe accurately. However, many cooking recipes still list quantities in cups and spoons instead.

    How much is one tablespoon in grams?

This question does not have a straightforward answer as it needs to be further elaborated by naming the ingredient at hand. Different substances typically have different densities meaning that a tablespoon of water weighs about 15 grams, while a tablespoon of salt weighs over 33 grams. Once the density is specified, a tablespoon in grams can be calculated by multiplying one by the density per milliliter divided by 15.

Our tbsp to grams converter features a drop-down with common recipe ingredients. Their bulk density is embedded in the calculations so you can convert with reasonable accuracy without needing to know each ingredient's density.

    Converting tablespoons to grams

To perform the conversion from tablespoons to grams the density of the ingredient needs to be known. For example, if a cooking recipe includes two tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of salt, this is how the conversion would work out:

Two tablespoons of water to grams

Sample task: convert two tablespoons of water to grams, knowing that the density of water is 1 gram per milliliter and using the US definition of a tablespoon, meaning a tablespoon holds 15 ml. Solution:

Formula:
tbsp * 15 = g
Calculation:
2 tbsp * 15 = 30 g
End result:
2 tbsp is equal to 30 g

For all practical purposes this is equal to one and a third cups.

One tablespoon of salt to grams

Sample task: convert one tablespoon of salt to grams, knowing that the density of salt is 2.2 grams per milliliter and a tablespoon holds 15 ml. Solution:

Formula:
tbsp * 33 = g
Calculation:
1 tbsp * 33 = 33 g
End result:
1 tbsp is equal to 33 g


    Tbsp to grams conversion tables

These tbsp to g conversion charts can be used as a reference for often encountered cooking ingredients.

Tablespoons to grams of water conversion table

This table contains some often used quantities of water in US tablespoons with corresponding values in the number of grams.

Tablespoons to Grams conversion table for water
Tablespoons of water Grams of water
½ tbsp 7.5 g
1 tbsp 15 g
2 tbsp 30 g
3 tbsp 44 g
4 tbsp 59 g
5 tbsp 74 g

Tablespoons of salt to grams conversion table

Below is a conversion chart in tablespoons of salt and the corresponding number of grams.

Tablespoons of salt to grams conversion table
Tablespoons of salt Grams of salt
½ tbsp 16 g
1 tbsp 33 g
2 tbsp 65 g
3 tbsp 98 g
4 tbsp 130 g
5 tbsp 163 g

Tbsp of sugar to grams conversion table

Below is a conversion chart between tablespoons of sugar and their equivalent in grams according to the US convention for a tablespoon.

Tablespoons of sugar to grams conversion table
Tablespoons of sugar Grams of sugar
½ tbsp 6 g
1 tbsp 12 g
2 tbsp 25 g
3 tbsp 37 g
4 tbsp 50 g
5 tbsp 62 g

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