The simple addition of sesame seeds gives this side dish a whole new flavor profile.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Trim ends from asparagus; cut stalks into 2-inch lengths. Place asparagus in a roasting pan; drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt. Toss to combine.
Spread asparagus evenly. Roast 10 minutes, turning asparagus halfway through. Add sesame seeds, and continue roasting until asparagus is lightly browned in spots and tender, about 5 minutes more.