Remove the wooden ends of the asparagus spears. Swirl a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus spears in a single layer then cover with a lid and cook until the asparagus is bright green and still crisp, about 5 minutes. Uncover and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Continue to cook, stirring often until the spears are fork tender yet still a bit crisp, another 1-2 minutes.
Move the spears to one side of the skillet then add the last 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil to the other side of the skillet. Add the minced garlic to the olive oil, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring the garlic constantly. Toss the spears with the garlic and olive oil for 30 seconds then remove from the skillet to a serving plate. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy.