Susan Says: Can't pronounce "quinoa (keen-wah)," much less cook it? It cooks like brown rice, with about a 2-to-1 ratio of water to grain. Some people like to rinse the raw quinoa first, as it has a coating called saponin that may create a bitter flavor. Bring water and quinoa to a boil then simmer on low for about 15-20 minutes until the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and serve!