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Tbsp to ml Converter

Created by Davide Borchia
Reviewed by Anna Szczepanek, PhD
Last updated: May 21, 2024

Our tbsp to ml converter will help you avoid that situation where you see the recipe for the best cake ever, but all of the measurements are in kitchen tools and not metric units!

We want you to bake that cake: that's why we made this tbsp to ml converter! a tablespoon of sugar makes the recipe easier! Keep reading to learn:

  • What is a tablespoon?
  • Why do we use tablespoons?
  • Where is the tablespoon?
  • How to convert from tablespoons to milliliters.

We can already answer the third question: check in your drawer! 🥄

What is a tablespoon?

A tablespoon is a type of cutlery used to... wait. Sorry, let's try again.

A tablespoon is a measurement unit for volume used most often in cooking. You will see tablespoons all over the places in recipes in English, in place of the more "scientific" metric units. Tablespoons are abbreviated with tbsp.

Why tablespoons?

Tablespoons, cups, and sticks. If you're used to reading recipes with metric units, like grams and liters, finding them may throw you off.

To be honest, it's a great unit of measurement. Everyone has tablespoons at home (the same thing is true for cups, teaspoons, and all the others). Like for many other "non-metric" units, this quantity is perfectly balanced: when milliliters are too little and liters too much, the tablespoon helps you always call for a reasonable number!

What is a milliliter?

The milliliter is a multiple of the liter, the S.I. measurement unit for the volume. 11 liter equals 10001000 milliliters. The symbol of the milliliter is ml\text{ml}.

The milliliter is a relatively small unit: you need only 2020 drops of water to make one. This is why it's not the best unit for cooking measurements; in fact, you will almost always need 20 ml20\ \text{ml}, 50 ml50\ \text{ml}, or some other bigger multiple in your recipes.

What is the conversion between tablespoons and milliliters?

A tablespoon equals 1515 milliliters. Let's get this right:

1 tbsp=15 ml1\ \text{tbsp}=15\ \text{ml}

What about teaspoons?

Try our volume converter if you need other calculators for your cooking endeavors. And if you are in a rush, maybe your oven is already heated, we prepared a list of specific converters for all your needs:

And remember that after all, the spoon doesn't exist!


What are tbsp and tsp?

The abbreviations tbsp and tsp mean respectively:

  • Tablespoon;
  • Teaspoon.

These are common volume units used in cooking.

Is a tablespoon always the same?

No, and it is not important! A typical quantity used in the conversion between tablespoons and milliliters is 1 tbsp = 15 ml. Still, it's not a fixed value, and it varies from country to country and also from kitchen to kitchen!

How do I convert from tablespoons to milliliters?

To convert tbsp to ml, you have to multiply the number of tablespoons by 15:
1 tbsp = 15 ml

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How much are 2 tablespoons in milliliters?

Two tablespoons are the same as 30 ml. This is an average quantity for medications like cough syrup: it fits in a small cup.

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