In a wide pan, boil enough water to reach a depth of two inches. Sprinkle in the salt.
When the water boils, spread the asparagus in it and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
Drain the asparagus and dump in a bowl of iced water to keep them crisp.
In a small frying pan, melt the butter.
Over medium heat, fry the garlic in the butter until browned and crisp.
Arrange the asparagus on a plate. Pour the butter and garlic over them. Season with a little pepper.