I love asparagus and have gotten picky kids to eat asparagus cooked this way. Takes less than 10 minutes start to finish and the result is a decadant and flavorful bright green veggie. Yum. I'd eat this every night for dinner if DH would go for it.
Heat the olive and sesame oils together in a large skillet over medium heat.
Meanwhile, cut tough ends off the asparagus and wash. Let dry for a few seconds on a paper towel.
Place asparagus spears in hot oil all spread out so they are not on top of each other. Roll spears around to coat with oil, then add balsamic vinegar and roll again.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over spears and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes, rolling spears around in pan once or twice for even cooking.
Add water and turn down heat to medium low. Cover and let steam until tender crisp. Do not overcook. Spears should be a bright green color. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds if you desire. Serve immediately.