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When cooking this dish, it is better to stagger the timing of putting fish in a saucepan from the timing of putting meat in the pan.

Could you advise me on whether the usage of "stagger" in the sentence above I created is correct. This sentence simply means that it is better to put fish and meat in the pan at different timings, but I am trying to describe this using the word "timing" and a verb such as "stagger", "differentiate", "displace", etc. I am confused on which verb is correct.

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Your use of

stagger

is absolutely correct and idiomatic.

When things are staggered they are started at different times.

staggered timing
different timing

displaced would not be quite correct in this context.

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