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How many grams are in a tablespoon?

September 11, 2016 4:30AM

It depends on what you're measuring.

What's the tablespoon holding? Butter or oregano? Sugar or salt? Molten lead or feathers?

Grams are a unit of mass (or weight) and a tablespoon is a unit of volume. Therefore it depends entirely on what you are measuring -- it depends on the density of the substance. A tablespoon of lead will be much heavier than a tablespoon of feathers (although a gram of lead and a gram of feathers weigh exactly the same!). Similarly, a tablespoon of butter weighs a different number of grams than a tablespoon of salt.

See the Web Links for a handy automatic conversion calculator. Just enter the food item, the units you have, and the units you want... and presto!

For instance (for US tablespoon):

1 tablespoon of water weighs 14.79 grams

1 tablespoon of table salt weighs 18.25 grams

1 tablespoon of butter weighs 14.19 grams

1 tablespoon of oil (canola or soy) weighs 13.62 grams

1 tablespoon of sugar (granulated) weighs 12.5 grams

1 tablespoon of sugar (brown) weighs 13.8 grams (packed)

Some other useful conversions:

16 tablespoons = 1 cup

3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon

28.35 grams = 1 dry ounce

1 US tablespoon = 14.7867648 ml