Heat a frying pan with nothing in it on medium heat.
Wash the asparagus and cut 2-3 inches off the bottoms.
Put olive oil in the pan and rotate the pan to cover the bottom with oil.
Place the asparagus in the pan. Cover with a lid.
Check occasionally to flip so the asparagus does not burn and cooks evenly on all sides.
When asparagus is turning a darker green, add the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Flip to coat all the pieces. Replace the lid.
Asparagus is done when a fork inserted in a thicker part goes in without resistance.