A tablespoon is one of the most important measurements used in baking. In most recipes, measuring tablespoons correctly is crucial since baking is practically a form of chemistry. If your recipe calls for 1/2 tablespoon of an ingredient and you don’t have the proper measuring spoon, there are a few alternatives that’ll help you get it right.


One tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons. Therefore, 1/2 tablespoon is equal to 1 1/2 teaspoons. If you’ve lost the teaspoon measuring spoon as well, move on down to the 1/2 or 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoons—1/2 tablespoon equals three 1/2 teaspoons or six 1/4 teaspoons.


Ounces are usually used to measure liquids when baking. One tablespoon is equivalent to 2 ounces, so 1/2 tablespoon is equal to 1 ounce. Liquid measuring cups that are marked in ounces as well as cups should make this easy.


Milliliters aren’t used in the United States for cooking and baking, but it doesn’t hurt to know the conversion. One tablespoon of liquid is 14.7 milliliters, so 1/2 tablespoon equals 7.3 milliliters. Eye or medicine droppers can sometimes be used to measure in milliliters.


When working with dry ingredients such as flour or sugar, fill the measuring spoon, then scrape off any excess from the top with the dull edge of a knife to get the exact amount.

References and Resources

Metric Conversions: Tablespoons to Milliliters "Joy of Cooking"; Irma S. Rombauer