Steam the fresh (cleaned)* asparagus for 3-5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and pat dry.
Butter an 8x6 inch (20x15 cm) baking dish. Place half the steamed asparagus on the bottom of the baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper, add 1 tablespoon of butter dotted on top of the asparagus and sprinkle with half the parmesan cheese, repeat layer with remaining asparagus. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes then broil (to brown the top) for about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.