1 lb asparagus
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste
Rinse the asapargus in cold water and trim off the tough ends (1 1/2-2 inch). Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed skillet with a tight fitting lid. As the butter becomes hot and starts to foam, place the asapargus in the skillet. Shake the skillet from side to side to coat the asparagus in the butter. Cover tightly and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Check the asparagus and turn them as needed to make sure the asparagus is cooked evenly and doesn't burn. Cook approximately 3 minutes longer, until the asparagus are tender and bright green. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.
adapted from The Gift of Southern Cooking