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How many grams in a tablespoon? Here’s the easiest way to convert them

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Considering different countries around the world rely on different units of measurement, recipes can get a little confusing at times.

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In Australia, we use the metric system, meaning we love our millilitres (mL), litres (L), kilograms (kg), grams (g) as well as measuring cups, tablespoons and teaspoons.

Often times though, American recipes may call for a volume measures (eg, ounces and pounds), so a conversion to grams will be necessary.

Here’s a basic guide to help you out the next time you need a conversion.

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In Australia, we use the metric system while American recipes may call for a volume measure. (Credit: Getty)

(Note: the most accurate way to measure a tablespoon is to use a measuring spoon. If you don’t have access to a tablespoon, 3 level teaspoons make up 1 tablespoon.)

Grams to tablespoons

10 grams = 0.782 tablespoons

20 grams = 1.56 tablespoons

30 grams = 2.34 tablespoons

40 grams = 3.12 tablespoons

50 grams = 3.91 tablespoons

60 grams = 4.00 tablespoons

70 grams = 4.67 tablespoons

80 grams = 5.33 tablespoons

90 grams = 6.34 tablespoons

100 grams = 7.82 tablespoons

125 grams = 8.45 tablespoons

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The most accurate way to measure a tablespoon is to use a measuring spoon. (Credit: Pexels)

Tablespoons to grams

1 tablespoon = 15 grams

2 tablespoons = 30 grams

3 tablespoons = 45 grams

4 tablespoons = 60 grams

5 tablespoons = 75 grams

6 tablespoons = 90 grams

7 tablespoons = 105 grams

8 tablespoons = 120 grams

9 tablespoons = 135 grams

10 tablespoons = 150 grams

12 tablespoons = 170 grams

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When measuring ingredients, the weight will always be affected by the density of the food. (Credit: Pexels)

It is important to remember that when measuring ingredients, the weight will always be affected by the density of the food. For example, one tablespoon of butter will weigh more than a tablespoon of sugar.

For convenience, we have listed the difference of some common ingredients below:

Ingredient / 1tbsp

Water = 15g
Milk = 15.5g
Flour = 9g
Sugar = 12.7g
Salt = 18.3g
Honey = 21.3g
Butter = 14.4g
Oil = 13.2g

For the exact conversion for different ingredients, you can use this calculator.

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